John Austin: Tom: I agree with most of what you said, but be prepared to see a different Rick Currie in the second half of his term. He has taken the time to understand the processes involved, studied the issues, and then was thoughtful of the consequences of his vote on his constituents. As you know, leadership at the county is a daily challenge, especially with all of the special interests involved with our explosive growth. I say, let’s give a Rick a chance to show his talents, starting with the next six months with Gus and Katie, and then working with two new commissioners next year. Meanwhile, thanks to the incumbents for their service. I think they did a good job in their thankless positions.
DFO: I hope you’re right, John; the clock is now ticking for Rick Currie and even Todd Tondee, who’ll both face the voters in two more years. If the election wasn’t a blunt statement that county residents are fed up with same-o when it comes to growth and taxes, I don’t know what was. If we’re in the same boat in two years, and the commissioners have made no move to rein in developers plopping their mega-developments in the rural areas around the county, Currie’s gone.