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I worked with Kathie a few years ago, and she really was a wonderful, sweet woman, whom I am very saddened by her leaving us so soon. Sadly and to play devils advocate, how can the paper NOT relate the two stories when I'm sure they are very interconnected? The timing of the allegations against Ken and Kathy's death, are way too close, esp. when I know how much she loved him as of a few years ago. This is one time I don't feel the paper was out of line with linking the two together. (Kathy you will be missed & I hope the truth of your death will be known, one way or another-thanks for being such a sweetheart.
Mr. Andrew, there is a thing called a balance, which we need to practice with oil drilling. Because we have the ability to drill on thousands of isolated, open acres within Moffat Couny, it is insulting and ridiculous that the commissioners opened the door to drill in or near Loudy-Simpson, a park thousands use for recreational and esthetic purposes. Although the commissioners are stating it will not happen in the park, the "wheatfield" mentioned by Tom Gray IS on park property, right about the soccer field, visible from 4 miles away. I'm shocked the county has not done anything to beautify that acreage, such as adding a walking & bike trail (that high school age kids could build as a community project), or planting trees up top with picnic tables overlooking the beautiful views, instead of allowing oil rigs that will only financially benefit a few. So, Mr. Andrew Steve Morris had every right to stand up and fight for land that was not the commissioners personal property to lease away.
I agree with Vermillion with the comment " It is disappointing that the Editorial Board did not do a better job of researching this issue. I think the Editorial Board has "struck out" while setting in the dugout cheering on the Commissioners."
I, spent approximately a 1/2 hour on the phone last week with Jack (I believe his name is) of the Natural Resource Division on this matter before writing my letter to the editor. When I asked him how he & the commissioners could be so disconnected with the community (& so blantantly greedy), regarding the usage of Loudy- Simpson & its importance to the community, his comment was "well haven't you heard of Juniper Canyon or South Beach for public use?' I told him I used to patrol both areas as a State Park Officer, and it was insulting for him to even make such a comment, esp. considering both have day use fees, Juniper is barren & the roads unusable when wet, except by a GOOD 4-wheel vehicle, and every time I went to South Beach to patrol, I'd have to deal with the seedy elements of Moffat, and would never recommend children going there to play. He NEVER addressed the safety of the thousands of kids & people who use Loudy for recreation as well as the tournaments that draw people in from all over the US. The county is setting itself up for a huge lawsuit the first time a child decides to "play" on the metal swingset for fun. As for the commissioners--why address them singularily? As I have told my children, don't judge a person by his words, but by their actions and the commissioners actions have spoken volumes, despite what the sounds out of their mouths maybe to calm those who dare challenge their decision obviously not expecting anyone to have known or said anything.
I have asked person after person if they knew about this decision BEFORE it was made, and the answer was always no. Why was there not a public vote on the matter & why the quiet backdoor decisions if the commissioners truly thought they were working in the best interest of the public?
A recent decision by the MC Commissioners, to sell mineral rights under Loudi Simpson Park, opening the doorway for drilling, really shows the total disconnect and disregard for its' citizens. Four of the five commissioners own ranches of their own and have their own private open space. The majority of us do not, and find our ONLY place of peace and recreation inside Loudi Simpson, for biking, walking, soccer, softball, fishing, cross country skiing and just de-stressing, sitting on the benches overlooking the river with glorious views to let our minds wander and stress disappear.
That is now being compromised with the possibility of drilling within Loudi Simpson. We have a county the size of Delaware, with thousands of acres of BLM land to drill on, but we now have to drill on the only little 300 acre park we have. Not only will the view be polluted by the site of an oil rig, but those of us who run and walk and bike will have to endure inhaling the toxic fumes of oil that will permeate in the vicinity, all ready adding to our toxic environment we have within Moffat County due to mining, the coal plant, the uranium pile outside of lay, the melathion sprayed on us every day during the summer, with people asking "why do so many of us get cancer here?' It's not hard to figure it out.
Why aren't we looking at the overall health physically and financially of Moffat County, instead of the short term, most likely benefiting only a few.
Moffat County residents need to stand up and say no way, leave our park alone. Go drill on the open lands or drill on your own ranches, but leave our only place of peace and solace alone.
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