Big brother is alive and well |

Big brother is alive and well

The closing of the Dillon Dam Road by the State Politburo is beyond a travesty, but not surprising. As the politics of Summit County and all of Colorado moves steadily left, we should not be shocked that a formerly obscure agency in Denver wants to exercise total control over our lives.

There is absolutely no justification for this action, other than the egos of Penfield Tate and his minions. The people of this county ” both full- and part-time residents, even tourists ” must not accept this attack on our rights without a fight. We should insist that all our elected and appointed officials do everything possible to reverse this closure in the short term, and to gain local control over the Dam Road in the long term.

Thank you to Rep. Scanlan, Sherrif Minor, and others for expressing the outrage most of us feel. But it’s a big mistake to base our argument on the issues of emergency vehicle access or lack of advance consultation, which are far less important than our quality of life and freedom from unreasonable oppression.

When the dust settles in a few days, I hope we won’t just shrug and take an, “Oh well …” attitude. Instead, let’s continue to fight this tyranny until the road is reopened and the Denver mayor dismisses all members of the Water Board.

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