LETTER: Sen. Udall is doing a good job representing Colorado | PostIndependent.com

LETTER: Sen. Udall is doing a good job representing Colorado

On a recent Wednesday night I joined hundreds of my fellow citizens gathered to voice our comments to the BLM, calling for the protection of this special place called the Thompson Divide. I have always stated that I am not against oil and gas drilling per se but I feel very strongly that it can and must be done properly, and that there are some places where it should just not be done. Thompson Divide is one of these places.

I commented that the greatest act of government is to listen to the people, and I acknowledged the BLM for doing just that, albeit a bit tardy. Another example of our democracy at work was demonstrated by Sen. Mark Udall being present at the meeting, genuinely engaged: a demonstration of great leadership. I had the pleasure of giving the senator and Sen. Bennet the aerial perspective of Thompson Divide last summer in my job at EcoFlight. Sen. Udall impressed me with his balanced approach, his ability to listen, and overall his commitment to the health of our environment. He joined with the citizens at the meeting calling for the protection of this special place. He has listened to his constituents — what a concept. Both he and Sen. Bennet are to be congratulated for sponsoring legislation to permanently protect the Thompson Divide.

Sen. Udall also mentioned that he will be introducing legislation for his Central Mountains Proposal next January, and along with his work in Browns Canyon and the San Juan Mountains, he is working to protect lands important to all Coloradans for our future generations.

I also thought of Mark’s late brother Randy, and I know how proud Randy would be of the terrific job his brother is doing representing Colorado.

My thanks to Sen. Udall.

Bruce Gordon

president, EcoFlight

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