Letter unfairly impugns council

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By The Staff

Our county council chambers are emblazoned with a quotation attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.”

During the last two years, I have served as chair of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee. Prior to that, I served on the steering committee that assisted MIC with their master plan study for the White Rock community center.

However, I write today as a private individual, not as a member of the WRMPIC.

My service on the committee has given me the opportunity to become cquainted both with the members of the county council and with a number of the county staff. I have occasionally strongly disagreed with some of these individuals, but I have never felt I had any cause to question their decency or their integrity.

I have developed a particularly high regard for Steve Brugger, who has worked closely with our committee.

Steve has been careful to make clear what he does and does not know, which I consider an indication of his professionalism.

On August 20, the Monitor published a letter from Allen Cogbill, whom I do not know, in which he questioned whether land donations to developers in pursuit of affordable housing violate the Anti-Donation Clause of the New Mexico state constitution.

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