Mayor Martinez’s community service “award” was given to Ben
Goldstein. I spoke with the mayor immediately following his speech.
He said to me that the award is given at intermittent intervals to
community members who are dedicated to community service and who
“do not seek the limelight.” This award was given to Mr. Goldstein
on the Lory Student Center Plaza at noon on Tuesday. This much is
The pillar of the Katie and Ben campaign has been their
experience, particularly pertaining to the establishment of
RamRide. Ben has made no secret of his involvement in the creation
of RamRide and has taken his well-deserved indulgence of credit in
its success. This too is indisputable fact, ask Ben or Katie
I say this “award” says Mr. Martinez is corrupt of his morals.
His “award” is nothing more than a promotion for himself and the
Katie and Ben campaign. Let me explain: His “award” is given to
individuals who “do not seek the limelight” for their efforts, in
Mayor Martinez’s own words. Why then has he given this prestigious
award to Ben Goldstein, who has been taking full credit for RamRide
(among others)? Furthermore, why was this award given during the
height of Associated Students of CSU elections? Put two and two
together. Why has he made a farce of one of the Office of the
Mayor’s most prestigious awards? This was an act of self-promotion
for which this award is meant to counter. Mr. Martinez and Ben
Goldstein have lost all credibility in my eyes, and I think the
beautiful city of Fort Collins is worse for it.
I oppose any re-election. This letter won’t even be printed
until after elections have concluded, so my main purpose is not to
appeal to voters.
This whole episode is why politics destroy the system of