What was so good about Coal Seam Fire? | PostIndependent.com

What was so good about Coal Seam Fire?

Dear Editor,

My ancestor John Tilley came to America on the Mayflower seeking religious freedom. My ancestor Abraham Thomas fought in the Western Campaign of the Revolutionary War in Ohio to help secure our freedom from the British. My great-great-great-grandfather fought in the Civil War to secure the freedom of the slaves. My husband served two combat tours during a career in the U.S. military to secure the freedom of dissenting people to express their opinions. But nothing has prepared me for Ms. Tamie Meck quoting Ute Clifford Duncan looking out at the charred lands in the Mitchell Creek drainage and saying, “It’s good.”

Ms. Meck didn’t go on to explain what is good about the destruction of 29 homes. Innocent people suffered unspeakable anguish seeing their lifetime accumulation of possessions reduced to charcoal. Did Mr. Duncan perhaps mean that it is good that the fire is now under control?

I strongly support freedom of the press. But I believe that as an editor you owe it to Mr. Duncan and the people who had their lives so cruelly interrupted to require an explanation of what was good about the Coal Seam Fire.


Marjorie Thomas Anderson

Glenwood Springs

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