Craig Editorial Board, Jan. 14, 2009, to April 2009
- Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
- Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
- Collin Smith, newspaper representative
- Marianna Raftopoulos, community representative
- Luke Schafer, community representative
- John Smith, community representative
- Lois Wymore, community representative
Put a group of Americans in a room and chances are the topic brought up quickest is the troubled and uncertain state of the U.S. economy.
Opinions on this very important and delicate subject are bound to be varied and many.
In this, the Daily Press' Editorial Board is no different.
The economy, the centerpiece of U.S. Rep. John Salazar's recent presentation at Craig City Hall, is one of the rarest of issues - no matter a person's status, location or employment, it binds all our fates together.
The greatest fear from the U.S.' economic woes is that it could be the onset of a second Great Depression.
Proposed as a potential remedy is President Barack Obama's first major proposal since taking office in January - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009.
Or, more simply put, an $819 billion stimulus package passed in the House and now awaiting a Senate vote.
Again, the board's conversation mirrored public debate in that a consensus couldn't be reached on whether this proposal is worthy of support or a Trojan Horse lying in wait, ready to plunge the U.S. into deeper debt.
But, although the board couldn't fully agree on the proposal, there certainly are fundamental truths that members can stand behind, should the Senate approve the bill.
Chief among them is the absolute need for our local officials to vehemently scratch, scrape, claw, beg and fight for whatever funding is available for our local community.
If money is out there for our community, particularly funds that would help Moffat County bolster its infrastructure and create jobs, then our officials need to be on the state Capitol doorsteps, clamoring for every dollar and cent that can be brought back to the Western Slope.
In short, the board contends, Moffat County must rely on itself, and fight its own fight.
Another point the board agreed on regarding our country's current economic downturn is Moffat County's need to hang on to what it has during this turbulent time, while continuing to strive for economic diversification.
That means doing what we can to keep a stronghold on our bread and butter base - natural resources - and the jobs it provides, as well as pursue opportunities in that area and outside it.
If this can be done somehow or some way, perhaps Moffat County can ride out this difficult period and come out relatively unscathed.
And how long that period lasts is anyone's guess.
For now, the eyes of our country look to the Senate for its answer on the stimulus package, and quite possibly the fate of our immediate economic future.