Editorial: Cheers and Jeers
CHEERS: To another Summit County local being appointed to fill Dan Gibbs’ seat in the Colorado House of Representatives. Gibbs, a Silverthorne resident, stepped aside to take an appointment to the state senate, which opened the door for someone from another county in the district to fill the seat. Luckily, our School Board president Christine Scanlan was nominated, keeping our local influence at the state capital on par.
CHEERS: To the visitors and locals alike. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend. The roads will be crowded and covered with snow, so as a reminder, let’s make sure we keep that holiday spirit going … even when we’re stuck in unusually heavy traffic.
JEERS: To the part of the Federal spending bill that decreased the amount that Colorado receives from oil and gas drilling. For every dollar the industry is taxed, only 48 cents will go to the state, while 52 cents will go to the U.S. government. While the state will certainly be able to balance some of the negative impact of drilling, we can count on the U.S. government doing very little, which is why “getting the short end of the stick” is understating the issue. What it really means is this: We’re on our own, as we must be skeptical of oil and gas promising to mitigate its pollutive steps, as there will be a long-term impact ” just like our state saw in the 1980s ” that could take decades to fix.
CHEERS: To more fresh snow on our doorsteps this morning. We need the snow, and not just to facilitate good skiing for our visitors. Our snowpack as a region is down a considerable amount, and we still can’t stop thinking about the drought of 2002 that left our reservoir dry.
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