Editorial: Cheers and Jeers
CHEERS: To all the spirited and professional riders in Breckenridge today ” and we’re talking about the best snowboarders in the world. It’s nice to see the most successful Olympic team in recent history (gold and silver in both men’s and women’s halfpipe in Torino) tell us about having fun with sports, in contrast to the professional baseball scandal squeezing the fun out of the game with steroid abuse. Not that it’s completely apples-to-apples comparison, but the rise in popularity of snowboarding among youth should remind all the major professional sports of how they grew into their fortress-like stadiums. Sports, big-time or small, should not completely be about money. To the true fans, they never will be.
CHEERS: To those who volunteer for local economic development committees. It’s truly a thankless job. While these active community members discuss top-shelf issues to help steer our town’s vitality, in the past, many Town Councils have ignored their recommendation to pursue their own political agendas. That’s not likely to change, which makes it so surprising ” and satisfying ” to many of us that folks are so willing to express interest in serving.
JEERS: To the time wasted with the ‘Snowball’ trial in the past two weeks. In a case seemed doomed from the get-go, it proved to be even more of a futile effort for justice. We hope our local prosecutors can learn from this example of how a shaky case can, and most likely will, embarrass both sides involved. In this case, it just happened to be on an international stage, which also begs the question: Isn’t there anything happening in Australia for their press to cover?
CHEERS: To the seven Western states who agreed on the new Colorado River water pact, which updates the 1922 compact. The new rules, signed Thursday, include guidelines for which states will take water reductions in the event of a shortage. Best of all, the agreement was signed in Las Vegas, a fitting setting that shows how unfettered growth in the West can tax our natural resources,
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