I would like to take a moment and explain the injustice of the Oil and Gas Commission takeover of Northwest Colorado. The Commission wants to use environmentalism as a battle cry to subjugate our community and economy. If the environmentalists cared about the sage grouse, they would loosen restrictive rules on predator control in the area.
Environmentalists repeatedly say oil companies can adapt. Oil companies shutting down for three months out of the year is called "unemployment," not adapting. Al Gore forbids we should try to change our environment.
When a derrick man climbs his tower, it's an open ladder. He snaps into a winch line that pulls him up as he concentrates on keeping contact after contact with steps on the ladder. Once in his perch, he straps a small safety line to his waist very carefully. Next, this Dragon fighter leans out into an open space looking down at the spot he will land if he makes a mistake. Like the song "The Roughest Neck Around" says, "He's got a real long reach in the derrick when he leans." A derrick man makes a difference in his life and all of ours by grasping true courage and embracing hardship. It reminds me of a scene I once saw in my youth, as I looked up, morning tower broke over the derrick and the man in it, just then an Eagle soared by and tipped its wings and as it circled past, it screamed at the derrick man as if acknowledging an equal.
This is the life of real men. Heros, actually doing the work to save our economy and country. They leave their families for weeks at a time and work in weather that normal people would not brave. Not the kind of cowards in Denver's Capitol building who ride in safe elevators to the offices above.
Politicians and appointees who look out over the landscape of people and buildings seeking to rule over others. The power hungry who wouldn't survive if it wasn't for their power of manipulation. Now they seek to grasp western Colorado. These people hold no honor or earned pride that comes from providing for a family from hard work. These are the kind of people who own a dog instead of raising children. We need to tell them no more restrictions and regulations on our community; we are busy trying to feed our families and save this country.
Call these numbers when you fuel up, and pass them along. Gov. Ritter 303-866-2471, State House of Representatives 303-866-3055. This is working. People have been calling in.
Patrick Wayne Germond