Richard Smith: Christo go home |

Richard Smith: Christo go home

Richard Smith
Howard, Colo.

I oppose the Over The River project. I am a 70-year-old resident who has lived in Howard for 24 years. As previous writers enumerated, I, too, believe it poses a serious threat to the well-being and safety of residents, and ecological risks. I love the river and our way of life, not money.

How ironic Christo canceled June 24th lectures in Howard and Canon City due to the wildfire near Parkdale “out of concern for the West-End Fremont county residents, law enforcement agencies, firefighters and others affected …” stating “that many are working around the clock to get the fire under control, and my team and I do not want to be a distraction to their efforts.” What kind of “distraction” would OTR pose during a wildfire or other disaster?

Furthermore, I oppose the system of government agencies saying to submit “comments” for their consideration. Why do we, residents who will be affected, ask the federal and state government to merely consider our opinions when it is we who should have the liberty to tell them what we will allow?

I advise those opposing OTR to approach this from another angle: Challenge the premise that you must be subject to government bureaucrats to decide your fate.

The just resolution is for residents to decide whether to grant permission. Neither federal, state, or local agencies should have the power to be the arbiter.

We shouldn’t be submitting input. We should be deciding. Why validate a federal agency such as The Bureau of Land Management by submission to them, when the entire process is wrong and should be challenged?

Christo should use some of his money to fund placing his proposal on the voting ballot of only those living in the affected area. Then we will decide “yes” or “no.”

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