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Jim Bull: Denver Water’s OK

Jim Bull

Marge Thadeus’ diatribe against Denver Water misses the mark by a long way on several levels. She claims Denver Water and, by extension, its employees, are “jack booted thugs.” This is a term often used by anarchists falsely attributing their own sociopathic characteristics to others. The definition of “jack booted thug” is “an overly oppressive and authoritarian individual or group, often denotes violent tendencies … usually employing violence to achieve his/her/their master’s goals.” To the contrary, Denver Water has, through non-violent purchase and acquisition over many decades, purchased the water rights and land that it owns.

Ownership of anything is anathema to anarchists. Denver Water built the Dillon Res in the 1960s using its money – public money, to be sure. The reservoir now provides entertainment, boating, fishing to Summit County, marinas in Dillon and Frisco that feed these economies, and life-giving water to the Front Range. I remember driving through Hwy. 6 when there were a half dozen huts in Frisco. Denver Water’s recently deceased chief executive, Chips Barry, was widely extolled as bringing Denver Water into the 21st Century.

Ms. Thadeus should do her homework. “Jack-booted thugs” burned down Two Elks in Vail in an act of “eco-terrorism.” You make the comparison.

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