Editorial: The great land grift

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Editorial board members:

• Al Cashion

— Community representative

• Bryce Jacobson

— Newspaper representative

• Jerry Martin

— Newspaper representative

• Patt McCaffrey

— Community representative

• Joshua Roberts

— Newspaper representative

Our View

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board is close to finalizing its fleece of local voters. And, should a decision Thursday night go the fire board's way, the district will have gotten an accomplice in the public theft — the Colorado Northwestern Community College Board.

Be prepared, Craig and Moffat County residents.

Not once, but twice, your money and property will most likely be taken for a project most of you neither want nor approved.

At 6 p.m. Thursday night, in room 255 at Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St., the college board is likely to approve giving away land — your land — to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District for its $1.5 million training facility, also known as the first phase of a second station.

The money the fire board plans to use for the training facility? Also yours, gained through broken campaign promises.

At this point, it's not worth arguing the merits of the training facility or the second station.

There aren't any.

Numbers don't call for it, the need doesn't exist, and neither does public support.

The most glaring absence to the whole idea? Common sense.

Anonther referendum on the project is that both the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office — agencies on duty 24 hours a day — somehow manage to train personnel within the framework of current facilities.

But, it's a four-alarm rush all the same for the fire district to build its vanity project, in an area that makes little sense and will hinder development in the future, despite the district already owning land in a more appropriate area.

The fire board has proven it's unworthy of public trust. The fire board has ignored the wishes of the majority of residents and arrogantly moved forward because board members falsely believe they know better.

It's no wonder so few turned out for the district's recent board election.

The CNCC Board has a chance to protect itself from earning such a reputation.

Like the fire district, the public also trusted CNCC in recent years with a tax increase, paving the way for the new Craig campus, a project that does actually have merit.

But, whatever goodwill the school has built over the years could vanish Thursday night if its board approves giving land the public rightfully owns to the fire department.

The college board, should that approval unfold, will prove itself just as futile in managing assets, and only compound the grift perpetrated against the public.

The editorial board hopes CNCC respects the public more than the fire board does.

We hope college board members take into account the public trusted them to be stewards, and giving away public property for a project few outside the fire district want is a far cry from repaying that trust.

Trust, after all, is a fickle thing. It's easy to lose and hard to regain, especially when it comes to a voting public with a long memory.

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Comments

George Robertson 2 years, 5 months ago

The Drama that the so called "editorial board" spews in this article should fall on deaf ears. The land in question is NOT being given away! It is simply a transfer from one public trust to another. Regardless of whether it is entrusted to the CNCC or the Fire Department it's still public land. This bully pulpit that the CDP disguises as an "editorial board" allows a newspaper (which is supposed to be completely Unbiased) to ram it's Opinion down everyones throat (note that 3 of the 5 "contributors" are employees of the CDP). Yes there are those opposed to the training facility, but there are also plenty that are in favor of it. Those that were opposed had the chance to make a difference at the district's recent board election. Blaming the poor turn out on the Fire board is ludicrous! Instead it sounds like sour grapes to me Bryce.

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cforevereyez 2 years, 5 months ago

Actually nimrod, this newspaper is a private business and is entitled to its opinion on a variety of issues. If you don't like it, tough. Buy your own newspaper. The Daily Press got it right on this one, and I commend them for showing us what this fire department is all about. Good job CDP.

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Jason Phillips 2 years, 5 months ago

Finally, something I can agree with from the editorial board.

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Jon Pfeifer 2 years, 5 months ago

I wouldn't blame CNCC for doing this, especially if it presents an opportunity for their students to gain some practical experience. I do agree with the editorial board in how it characterizes the fire board's actions: a "vanity project" without any merit.

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Harlan 2 years, 5 months ago

I find humor in the general opinions of the facilities. Both CNCC and the hospital make a big deal about how tobacco use and smoking are not permitted on their property; yet they both support a smoke producing facility in the same location. Can somebody explain that one?

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STTAK 2 years, 5 months ago

CRAIG DAILY PRESS you need to get over your negativeness towards the Fire Dept. Al Cashion do people go around bad mouthing your business, not that I have heard? If you were any sort of business person you would not bad mouth another business let alone be on this worthless board. Why don't you small minded people want change in this community?

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Jason Phillips 2 years, 5 months ago

STTAK - Why don't you debate the issues instead of making it personal? If you have a legitimate defense of the Fire Board, and why they don't feel like abiding by the wishes of voters in the community which they support, then we'd all love to hear it.

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