Cathy Copeland: Council should listen
November 11, 2010
To the editor:
Wow. Nothing else fits for what I experienced at the Craig City Council meeting Tuesday.
And, it's not even a good wow. I brought my 10-year-old son to this meeting because I thought it was an opportunity to see how a government entity can work with the people, and listen to the people.
Wow, did I became a liar.
The city council meeting started in a normal fashion: pledge, approval of the minutes, approval of liquor licenses, approval of bills paid for October, which, by the way, made my son gasp in surprise as to how much money it takes to make this small town of ours run.
Then our mayor moved into the deer discussion, and within minutes he made a comment that took me by surprise. It was along the lines of nothing more can be said that hasn't already been said.
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He explained that the council had received ample e-mails and phone calls addressing this matter from those for and against the removal of the deer, or at a minimum thinning out the herd.
My question is, how do you know that someone in the audience didn't have the million dollar idea that would make both sides happy?
For what my opinion is worth, I absolutely love looking out my window and seeing a beautiful doe nursing her young.
What a miracle and truly a blessing it is that I live in a place that I get this opportunity.
But, this letter is not to express my dismay for the thoughts of some, rather the disgust I have for the way the people were silenced in that crowded room
Not only that no opinions, other than those of the council, were allowed to be heard in a public forum.
From what I observed, all but one, maybe two, of the council members were for the death to Bambi and his mom. Will the majority really have a voice, or will those in power that we elected to that position make the decision for the minority opinion that they are members of?
Unfortunately, this field trip to a Craig City Council meeting was indeed a bad parenting decision on my behalf.
Whatever the decision, please back it up with respect to these animals. Go with the Colorado Division of Wildlife and be there looking into the eyes of that animal as it is euthanized.
If this is the solution you as a council decide, you should witness the life leaving their eyes.