Cheers and jeers |

Cheers and jeers

Jeers: To the Front Range homebuilders lobby and the legislators who listen to them. The two groups conspired to kill the bill that would have required a warning to buyers if any portion of their water supply was nonrenewable. The homebuilders called the bill antigrowth. It’s sponsor, state Sen. Ken Gordon of Denver called it common sense. We called it a first step in creating a new water use ethic on the thirsty Front Range. Front Range water users are gathering their strength for a forage for more Western Slope water. It’s coming just as sure as more homes are built on the Front Range with sprawling lawns and uncertain water supplies. The first step to water peace in Colorado is for a radical shift in water use ethics to take place. This is not North Carolina transplanted on the High Plains desert. The status quo cannot continue.

Jeers: To a different set of conspiring Front Range forces that killed a bill that would have required mitigation for any new water projects. In our case, that would have meant we get compensated with water storage for any new water the Front Range would seek to divert. Green Mountain Reservoir is an example of water mitigation for the Colorado Big Thompson Project that takes Colorado River water to Northern Colorado. Denver Water is not so burdened when it diverts water. No wonder the bill was doomed from the start.

Cheers: To the community in general for turning out time and again to help members in need. An out-of-state father of one family in need remarked to us how surprised he was at the outpouring. He did not think a resort community would be so generous and embracing. He had to admit that what Summit County has done for his son’s family far exceeded anything he had seen in his life. We offered a theory. We said that the awesome beauty of this area creates a special spirit in people. We also said that many people are separated by hundred of miles, sometimes thousands of miles, from their core families. Therefore, a new bond develops among friends and strangers alike. If readers can add to this theory, please write us a letter.

Cheers: To the Breckenridge Police Department for sparing a bike owner from getting his Schwinn horked. The owner actually thought it was horked after leaving it on Airport Road, but police had picked it up after looking at it for two days, staving off the inevitable. Now, that’s community policing.

Jeers: To the Bush campaign for trying to score political points on the tragedy of 9-11. It’s legitimate to talk about the president’s leadership during that horrible time, but not the way the ad-makers did it. We agree, it was not very tasteful.

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