Citizen Telegram Letters to the Editor – Feb. 20, 2014
Time for changes in Silt
I am announcing my candidacy for trustee for the Town of Silt. I want the best for the town where I live. I want a vibrant community filled with commerce and to ensure a successful future for Silt. The incumbents have served the citizens to the best of their abilities, and it’s time for a change. We need fresh ideas, new perspectives and representatives that will lead Silt, with direction provided by its citizens.
Silt is poised to grow. The new RV park is designed to attract short term stays and fills a shortage in the valley. The pending approval of retail marijuana stores will make Silt one of the first places to legally purchase marijuana as one enters the state from the west. These two developments will greatly benefit the residents of Silt, and we have to ensure the desires of our residents are met and we are thoughtfully moving into the future with goals that build value in our community.
Quality of life and our safety will not suffer with new growth. We will ensure marijuana is kept from our children and that the underage possession of marijuana is strictly enforced. However, during the Feb. 10 meeting, the trustees failed to approve the sale of marijuana in Silt. They do not care what the voters of Silt want; they only care about enforcing their own belief system on others.
Our trustees should not be legislating with their antiquated beliefs. Our trustees, including Mayor Dave Moore and Trustee Paul Taylor, have failed the voters and must be held accountable. Personal beliefs based on religion and anti-marijuana propaganda should not be tolerated and voters should react to their despotism. This is not a marijuana issue; this is an issue of elected officials failing to carry out their sworn duty.
From neighbor to neighbor
For over 60 years, the oil and natural gas industry has worked closely with local community leaders to ensure fracking exists safely alongside Colorado’s communities and environment.
And with more than 10,000 oil and natural gas wells drilled in Western Colorado in the past 10 years, this community partnership remains stronger than ever. And we hope to see that continue.
In fact, one of my favorite organizations, Community Counts, provides tools to strengthen communication between oil and natural gas companies and Colorado communities. And many Colorado energy companies have joined Community Counts to do just that – communicate with their neighbors across Colorado.
By listening and responding to Coloradans’ concerns, these industry members strive to balance the economic and social benefits of energy production with the impact of operations on the environment.
Because in the end, oil and natural gas workers call Colorado home, too. Like you, they strive to keep Colorado safe and prosperous for generations to come.
Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED)
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