Cheers and Jeers | SummitDaily.com

Cheers and Jeers

EDITORIAL

CHEERS: To a topsy-turvy year in Summit County. If you haven’t stopped and looked around, our county did a lot of changing during the past 365 days. Issues like forest health, transportation and ski industry expansion are speeding down a legislative route, and our county will be heavily impacted – good or bad – by any decision to expand I-70, combat the pine beetle or allow the ski resorts to stretch their boundaries. CHEERS: To the new year in Summit County. May it bring us closer together as a community.CHEERS: To Mary Ellen Gilliland for continuing her work to document and record the stories of Summit County this year. Her book called “Rascals, Scoundrels and No Goods,” put our unruly past on a timeline. And, her latest book, “Summit: the 25th anniversary edition,” is thick with our history. Our county is rapidly changing, and her work to preserve our past this year should not go unnoticed.JEERS: To our latest rascal and scoundrel, the pine beetle, who continues to deplete our forests and turn neighborhoods into kindling. May we figure out a progressive and successful management plan in 2006.JEERS: To the Colorado High School athletics rule that does not allow winter coaches to have contact with players during this week until school starts. Not only should coaches be respected enough to draw the line on how much is too much during the holidays, but kids seeking additional coaching/instruction should always have that outlet available.CHEERS: To the potential of Silverthorne landing an emergency medical facility. Not only is it needed for the town’s growing population, but it will help Silverthorne define its own community by having such services available.CHEERS: To the overload of visitors our county received this week. The county’s brimming with guests, which is good for business. When snow falls, our economy booms. CHEERS: To skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender for being the first Summit County resident to qualify for this year’s U.S. Olympic Team. Good luck, Katie. We’ll be rooting for you.