Publisher's Notebook: A time for leadership



Bryce Jacobson, publisher of the Craig Daily Press

Now that the dust has settled from Tuesday’s Moffat County Republican primary election, I want to congratulate incumbent commissioners Audrey Danner and Tom Mathers on their victories and wish them good luck as they advance — likely unopposed — to November’s general election.

It’s no secret that I voted for their opponents Tuesday night. However, this is no time for sour grapes. Instead, it’s time to reflect on what we learned from this election.

The question I have today is, what do the people of Moffat County want?

Judging by Tuesday’s results, the majority want more of the same. However, keeping the close vote totals in the commission races in mind, it also appears there’s a big segment of our community that wants change of some sort.

I hope Danner, Mathers and commissioner Tom Gray, whose position was not up for grabs Tuesday, consider this. Granted, it’s a tough act — balancing the desires of the many who want to hold the line with those who seek progress — and the commission’s task is not an easy one.

However, they should consider Tuesday’s results not as a resounding victory in support of the current administration, but a community split on the county’s future direction.

To say the community sent a message of satisfaction with the way county business is being handled is naïve, to say the least.

The issues facing our county today aren’t much different than ones we’ve see before, but to me, it seems the manner in which these issues are handled is far different, and thus divisive in the community.

Change in Moffat County must happen.

Residents here are no different than the rest of the country in that they want what is best for themselves, their children and their neighbor, not necessarily in that order, but in general.

Today, after reviewing Tuesday’s results and concluding that nearly half of the Republican voters are not supportive of the current commission, I believe there is unrest in our community.

As there should be. These are difficult, stressful times for many, and we’re all doing our best to keep pace.

I believe the only thing that can remedy this unrest is leadership, and I am hopeful that Danner and Mathers, and even Gray, recognize as much and can be the leaders that bring us together for common good.

I’m skeptical of their ability to do this, but hopeful.

Judging by Tuesday’s final tallies, it seems many others are as well.


csualum 6 years, 7 months ago

Mathers must first stay awake during meetings and actually work the 40 hours he claimed to in an earlier news article. He 'glad hands' just as much as anyone.


als362 6 years, 7 months ago

I am also skeptical, but have no hope that these people can lead us correctly.


bunkhousebarbie 6 years, 7 months ago

Consider - if only for a moment - that a good many of those who voted for StJohn were actually voting against Danner. And that they were doing so because they (still) don't understand the Hatch Act. Consider, too, that other people who voted for StJohn did so strictly to support him, not necessarily because he would be so much better, or different, than Danner. StJohn and Danner may not be that far apart in their philosophies (at least it doesn't seem like it, thinking back about StJohn on City Council/Mayor). A little forward-thinking optimism is in order.


MoCo4life 6 years, 7 months ago

I agree Barbie. In trying to decide who to vote for, I looked at all the candiate comments and St. John and Moe didn't differentiate themselves from the incumbents in any way, nor did I see any assertion that the decisions the existing board was making had harmed Moffat County or weren't in our best interests. This column's contention that voters made some sort of statement for change doesn't hold water. This IS sour grapes - a child's tantrum for not getting his own way. From what I hear, Bryce can't push the current commissioners around and thought he'd have better luck with different ones.


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