Letter: A place is what you make it

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To the editor:

I have been on vacation in Craig.

Last week, I was able to experience our community from a different perspective. We attended a three-day class at Colorado Northwestern Community College that brought HVAC techs from Denver, Pueblo, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, and Carbondale to Craig. The instructor was from Cleveland.

We attended eight hours of class and then in the evening we all went out to dinner together, much as you do when you go to a meeting in Las Vegas or anywhere.

On Monday night, it was the Tin Cup. Plank salmon was a favorite. Tuesday we went to JW Snacks and the only complaint there was the lack of sweet potato French fries. All other food there was deemed excellent.

Wednesday we went to Carellis for Italian and the full menu.

At the same time all these visitors expressed their delight with lodging at local hotels.

These businesses put their best foot forward and I heard comments like, “How many people live here and you have this type of food and facilities?” and, “This seems like a great small town.”

What an interesting experience to look at the place you live through the eyes of a visitor and realize, though we all live here, Craig is what we want to make of it.

There was also high praise for our new college and the staff there.

The instructor asked me if everyone in Craig was this nice, and I assured him all were not, but all he met were impressive. I encouraged all to come back for a weekend visit and really see the area. I think some will.

For me, I was able to experience Craig as a visitor and then sleep in my own bed every night. What a great experience and one that confirmed in my mind what Alice Robinson once told me.

Alice was the Chamber of Commerce secretary when it was housed in the Marcia Car during the power plant boom years. When I asked her what kind of town Craig is, she replied, “What kind of town are you from?”

If a person said they were from Denver or Pittsburgh and that it was a great place to live, she always told them that’s what Craig is like. If they indicated the same place and it was a horrible place to live, she again would say that is what Craig is like.

Years of her job made her realize that every place is what you make of it and sometimes we only focus on the negative of our situation.

I want to thank the folks and businesses I mentioned above for making Craig a great place to live. These are not the only ones, but just the ones I experienced last week.

Dave DeRose

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