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No use making it worse

Richard Meyer, Breckenridge

Following the Summit Daily News story Aug. 17, “Resorts, towns want better face put on snowmaking fears. I feel the need to comment. There would not be any fears if Scott Hummer, the water commissioner, had not gone on record with the Summit Daily on July 20 and made these remarks. The shock effect of his comments might have been less horrendous if they had not been placed on the front page, below a large picture of a snow gun. If the idea was to grab everyone’s attention, the objective was achieved, but at what cost? More negative publicity for the High Country.

Everyone’s livelihood is ultimately linked to the tourist industry. In a year which has already been very challenging for tourist related business; we don’t need this type of comments. What possible benefit is there to making such statements if nothing can be done to change the outcome of the water shortage? It is also entirely possible that by the time winter is upon us there will not be a problem; it could start raining next week, and rain for the next month. The High Country could get 20 feet of snow in October, in which case there will be no need for snowmaking. OK, so I exaggerate to make my point, but things could improve naturally. As we have all learned over the last 12 months, terrible things can occur that are out of our control. We do not need to speculate about problems that may or may not happen, especially if doing so hurts us all. Might I suggest that we all continue our lives in the hope that our rains will return, and our snow will arrive in huge quantities. If so, we will all have a great winter and those in a position of influence will refrain from talking us into a disaster that may never occur.

Editor’s note: Water commissioner Scott Hummer spoke in a public meeting about his concerns of the effects that the drought will have on snowmaking for Summit County. It is the water commissioner’s job to inform county commissioners and town governments about the possible effects of this drought.


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