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Thumbs up, Thumbs down is a short take on events or issues that we find agreeable and not so agreeable.

Send your Thumbs up or Thumbs down to Editor Whitney Childers at

wchilders@summitdaily.com or by mail to P.O. Box 329, Frisco, CO, 80443

Thumbs up:

To U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis for recognizing that forest planning is cumbersome and the “process” becomes the focus instead of the outcome.

McInnis heads a committee that will seek to streamline forest planning where possible. This, on the heels of an announcement last week in which the White River National Forest Plan was finally signed and approved. The much-contested and highly controversial forest plan took years to revise.

Staying on top of forest planning and still maintaining public input is crucial – the process needs to be organized and tamed.

Thumbs up:

To Rich Mayfield from a Summit Daily News reader in Louisville, Colo.

“I just wanted to comment on Rich Mayfield’s piece last week “The old ball game has lost its appeal,’ and say right on. This, is of course, by now an old issue but it doesn’t hurt to say it again; especially so eloquently. Professional sports in general (not just baseball) have now reached the point of being downright shameful. Thanks for letting Rich print what I am sure is not a popular opinion.”

Thumbs up:

To the state Wildlife Commission for approving a regulation allowing wildlife officers to fine people who continually attract bears.

People can attract bears simply by not keeping trash in wildlife-proof containers or enclosed spaces, not cleaning off barbecues and grills or leaving food or bird feeders in areas where bears are prevalent.

It’s our responsibility as residents in natural areas to make sure we do our part in living with nature, not just beside it.

Thumbs up:

To Ben Raitano and Christopher Orchard for expressing interest in serving the town of Dillon. Both (who ran for mayor in the Tuesday, April 2 election, but lost) have offered their services to be appointed to the vacant town council seat. Only three people put their hat in the ring to run for four council seats in the election.

Thumbs down:

To Dillon residents for not having more interest in town government issues. We live in a democracy, and yet can’t attract enough people to run for the town council. This is an opportunity many of us take for granted.


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