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Editorial: The great land grift

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.

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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