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Letter: Why was Simon story news?

What is the point of Will Grandbois’ piece on Mrs. Simon and her ownership of property in Carbondale? The article revealed no news; every fact stated has been common knowledge for a long time. Most of the acquisitions occurred several years ago and most of the properties were purchased from banks. The piece begins with an insinuation that Carbondale is in some peril because a single person owns some small percentage of land in downtown. But by the end of the article we learn that Mrs. Simon is a fine neighbor, a generous landlord, and an all-around good gal.

Tell us — is this your idea of hard-hitting investigative journalism? If the PI wants to get into the investigative reporting business, I have a few suggestions.

1) A left-of-loony environmental group is days away from shutting down the coal mines in Craig. If this happens, Craig will become a ghost town; but more importantly, our electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket. Where is your hard-hitting reporting on that matter?

2) Our valley has several nonprofits whose primary funding source are taxpayer grants and their major expense is $60,000 to $80,000 per year salaries for their executives. Does that seem cockeyed to you? My dad called that “on the dole.” Why can’t I keep more of the money I earn and these folk get real jobs? Of course the PI can’t report on this because you won’t get invited back to the nonprofit’s cocktail party.

3) Fracking, a process that is important to the economic well-being of Garfield County, can be done safely. The chemicals in fracking fluids are known: 90.5 percent water, 9 percent sand, and less than 0.5 percent soap. Do you have the nerve to take these issues on?

With real issues at hand, it’s pretty pathetic that the PI believes that a hit piece on a fine citizen who simply doesn’t want to “report” to A.J. Hobbs is considered journalism.

Michael Durant

Carbondale


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