There are a few topics that have been discussed publicly in recent weeks in Craig and Moffat County that have drawn scorn from opponents.
One such topic is a possible town recreation center.
At a recent Moffat County Tourism Association meeting, Tony St. John - a member of the exploratory body, the Community Recreation Center Steering Committee - spoke to MCTA members, lobbying for their support of the project.
And, while the board as a whole said MCTA could not financially support the project, the meeting wasn't a total waste for St. John. He walked away with a pledge from a board member who agreed to participate in the process on behalf of the board.
The recreation center - a project that, to this point, has no clear-cut price tag or scope - was part of Monday's Editorial Board discussion. The key question the board attempted to answer was whether such a project - rejected by voters in the past - is even worth discussion at this point.
The board's short answer: Yes.
The long answer: Yes, but with the caveats that now may not be the right time for such a proposal, and that recreation center backers need to put little emphasis on public tax dollars to support the project, and as much emphasis as possible on exploring creative funding outlets.
As one Editorial Board member pointed out Monday, investment creates opportunities and this could certainly be the case with the construction of a recreation center.
As another said, it's an almost impossible task to ask voters - voters concerned about job security, seesawing financial markets and overall personal economic welfare - to approve a project that would take money out of their pockets in these uncertain times.
So, what this amounts to, the Editorial Board thinks, is the need for thorough discussion, gauging of public opinion and a defined project. It is questionable whether any of this has happened with the current recreation center discussion.
There are a few beliefs the Editorial Board fully stands behind concerning a recreation center in our community.
It's people who make communities what they are, and it's amenities that help keep people around, or attract new people who can contribute to those communities.
If a cost-effective recreation center, built at some later date when prosperity returns (and make no mistake, it will return) can add to that, so be it.
It's clear, the Editorial Board contends, that a recreation center has a place in Craig and with limited recreational outlets - especially in the winter - there is a need.
However, a couple of things need to happen before this project can and should be considered more in-depth.
Organizers need to come up with a much more detailed plan before combing the community for support, and opponents need to give whatever proposal comes forth an honest and open review before deciding.
Short of that, neither of which the Editorial Board believes has happened yet, this topic is simply another hypothetical raising debate before it needs to.