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Summit Daily letters: Vote yes on Proposition 112

Vote yes on Proposition 112

As a kid I ate a lot of bologna, so I know it when I see it. The oil and gas industry says that Proposition 112’s 2,500-foot setbacks will put 85 percent of Colorado’s non-federal lands off limits to drilling. I zoomed in on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s GIS 112 study maps and there’s clearly plenty of legal space in between the buffer zones to drill. Lateral drilling for fracking can go more than 2 miles (10,000 feet) making it possible to access target areas from lots of places outside the buffer zones. The 85 percent number is pure bologna. If 112 passes, the oil and gas folks can keep running their ugly, smelly, noisy and poisonous business.

According to Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s 2014 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, outdoor recreation added $34 billion in revenues and 313,000 jobs to our economy. The new 2019 report to be issued Oct. 26 will probably go beyond $50 billion and 400,000 jobs, far more dollars and jobs than what oil and gas produces. Protecting blue skies, clean air and water, open spaces, parks, trails, free-flowing rivers and ranches makes more jobs and money for Colorado, and more sustainably, than oil and gas ever will.

The Trump administration’s August 500-page environmental impact statement says the planet will warm a disastrous 7 degrees by the end of this century. Scientists say this would be catastrophic for us and every other living thing on Earth. Why in the world would you not want to vote yes for 112?

John Fielder


Support for Woodman

I am writing to support Derek Woodman for Summit County Sheriff.

When I was in trouble and had a problem with addiction Derek Woodman showed me respect and kindness. He never made me feel as though I was unimportant and reminded me that I am a daughter and a sister. He was involved in my case from the beginning to the end and never made me feel as though I was an inconvenience. I felt as though I could call him if necessary and I would support any decision he made. I am sober now and three years later want to thank him for giving me my life back.

Kendall Johnson

Summit County

Why does party affiliation factor into sheriff’s race

In many of the ads or promotions for Summit County Sheriff, we often see reference to the candidates “political party affiliation.” For the office of sheriff, does political party have any bearing? Does it really matter? Is the sheriff going to be influenced by “party politics”? Or is he going to do what’s best for our county? I sure hope “party affiliation” will have zero effect on how the successful candidate approaches and does the job!

At a time when this country seems to be polarized by political party, where it seems many people will be voting for a particular party and not necessarily the best candidate, please don’t let this carry over to the office of Summit County sheriff! Pretend the candidates are truly independent and vote for whom you feel will do the best for our county!

Hal Vatcher


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