Article was arrogant and threatening
To the editor:
Regarding the article about roughnecks and Sheriff Grinstead, or should I say Welcome Wagon article, I would like to comment on a few things. First, Craig has had a tremendous issue with methamphetamine for years. The roughnecks are sure not going to bring anything into our virgin city that has not already been here. I wish the 300-pound, ham-hock sized arms good luck when they attempt to stop the problem that has come from Hitler's regime.
I thought when newcomers came to town, they were welcomed by a committee that offered them a basket of goodies and warm wishes. What happened to that?
When marijuana became popular 35 years ago, we thought that we were going to abolish it, and it now may become a legal drug. Probably not in our lifetime, but I am venturing to say that meth will probably be sold over the counter so that families (husband and wife) can hold down three jobs to pay for gasoline, groceries and housing.
Secondly, you mentioned that not all riggers are drug users. Would you please then submit to me the names of the ones who do not? Therefore, when their wives and children come here and hope to make this city their home, pay taxes and enter their children into our schools, we won't stereotype them as this article has.
If not all of them take drugs, then why was this article published in the first place? It immediately throws up a red flag to everyone and puts us on alert about roughnecks.
As far as your drug testing procedures, get real. These people have a way to bypass anything that you can throw at them. Furthermore, if you thoroughly do your homework, you would find that the drug problem is not just in the oil fields, but has come to engulf all parts of our society. It has become virtually impossible to find workers in all professions that are drug-free so the "rules are bent" and these people "slip through the cracks."
My advice to all roughnecks and gas line workers is this -- leave now before it is too late. This place is your worst nightmare. Do you want to be under suspicion or arrested for something you didn't do and work the rest of your life to pay off all the fines because the community overextended itself when they built our safety center? The message that came across to me from the article was arrogant and threatening.
Workers: Why stay here and pay to support a community that blames all of its problems and downfalls on everyone else? This community has always fought change and tries to stop every new venture that attempts to enter that may be called progress.
Go to Steamboat Springs -- they know they have a drug problem, but they don't write articles on the front page of their newspapers saying, "Meth fuels ski slopes," or go up to the sweet little town of Baggs, Wyo., where the people there have learned that survival is the key word in these times and they are doing everything they can to accommodate the workforce. Both of these communities have come to realize that, despite downfalls we face in this life, we still have to move on and try to survive.
Roughnecks: You are some of the hardest working people in all professions. You put your life on the line every day working long days and nights in an extremely dangerous environment to supply us with energy that we need to keep this world operating. Hats off to you.
Maybe we could change our political affiliation if we are not willing to accommodate the oil field workers who have been unleashed on society by our Republican president and congressmen.
Laws are made, and laws will be broken. Therefore, if no one disobeyed the law, we would not need law enforcement.
Law enforcement: Does breaking the law provide you with job security?
By the way, how much time did inmate Peck get reduced for submitting his viewpoint about roughnecks? The poor, helpless man states in his interview that "he needs help, but can't get it." He will remain in jail and never fulfill his dream of owning his own rig because we don't have a facility to rehabilitate.
Myself and others in this community realize drugs are a problem and always will be, and I think that all of us can get down on our knees and thank God that we have not become the next victim. This drug is at epidemic proportions. Everyone on this planet is a target.
By the way, has it ever occurred to us that the money that is being brought into this community by these workers could be used to go to COMA?
Why don't we, as a community, use our time, effort and money to help COMA. One of these victims could be us, our children, our husbands, our wives or our friends. I say reach out. If it was us suffering from this addiction, would we not want someone to help us? Look at the recovery rate. Let's put our energy into more positive things.
And lastly, if you are looking for some real public status, I say find a way to help the new people coming here to feel welcome. Maybe they will eventually make this town their permanent home.