Tom Long out of line on bike path comment |

Tom Long out of line on bike path comment

Rick Oshlo

Summit County Commissioner Tom Long is quoted in Friday’s Summit Daily article regarding the Old Dillon Reservior as saying “We have dedicated revenue streams, as long as we don’t piss it away on a bike path. … This is a lot more valuable to your kids. We can always get a bike path.”

These comments regarding the Swan Mountain Road bike path are disrespectful, demeaning and inappropriate of an elected public official.

I fully agree that water is of vital importance to Summit County; however, I do not accept that this is an either/or decision. I also expect Tom Long, in his role as an elected commissioner to have well-founded views of priorities for Summit County, and to share those with the voting public.

What I don’t expect or respect in a public official, and feel is totally inappropriate, is Tom’s tone regarding the bike path, which demeans and devalues the efforts of hundreds of individuals and foundations, from both here in Summit County and elsewhere, who have volunteered thousands of hours of effort and contributed thousands of dollars to help make the bike path a reality.

If Tom truly believes “we can always get a bike path” as he is quoted in the article, then he should be putting his words, influence and efforts where that comment is and helping both projects succeed rather than belittling one and by inference the efforts of dedicated Summit County citizens.

Instead, he chose to make it clear what he thinks of the path in rather crass language, his view of its value to Summit County and the value of the efforts of many local citizens and part time residents.

His comments do a great disservice to all of those involved in the bike path, not the least the memory and legacy of Bob Guthrie who recently passed away in a tragic ski accident.

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