Mayor DeRose comments
in letter not exactly on target
To the editor:
I would like to respond to the letter to the editor in the May 29, 2004, edition of the Craig Daily Press by Mayor Dave DeRose.
First, Mayor DeRose misquoted the sign on the back of my truck. It simply states "Someone please buy my house so I can get out of Craig and these high prices."
Further, Mayor DeRose's contention that I haven't sold my house because my price may be too high is unfair. I am remodeling my house and have not listed or set a price, but when I get to that point, I plan to ask the fair market price.
His last line "You could be in Iraq" is disturbing. Last time I looked, Craig was in the United States. We all have the right to choose where we live, and at the moment, my home is Craig. However, the mayor missed the whole point of my sign. You see, since June 2, I have been watching the gas prices and comparing them to adjoining communities including Steamboat Springs and Hayden. How is it that our gas continues to rise while the prices in Steamboat and Hayden stay somewhat consistent, which is between 11 and 21 cents a gallon cheaper?
I guess I would hope that our good mayor could have the same degree of enthusiasm in watching and dealing with the increased prices plaguing our community that he displayed in checking out my sign.
I served 22 years in the active military with the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy, earning an honorable discharge. I have made sacrifices protecting the rights that I now exercise -- namely my freedom of speech. I'm disturbed by his contention that I should live in a country where they have no rights and no respect for life. Fellow veterans would not suggest or hint such a thing. My sign should be seen for what it is: an exercise of my freedom of speech. We have an old military saying "do you want a medal or a chest to pin it on?" The mayor has a job, and he should be spending some of his time looking at the prices in our community, not balking at those of us who put him in office with the hopes that he would do his job.
I would appreciate the same coverage you gave Mayor DeRose by printing my response in the Saturday edition.