Citizen Telegram Letters to the Editor – July 31, 2014
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Gas brings a list of positives
In voters considering the value of the natural gas and oil industry, specifically as it relates to Rifle and Garfield County, a simple line drawn vertically on a legal tablet with the positive aspects listed on one side of the line and the negatives listed on the opposite side will help with a decision in the fall.
Remembering Rifle and surrounding area as it was in the 1940s and 1950s compared to Rifle today is fuel for a long list of, in my view, positives: Growth, schools, parks, streets, sidewalks, streetlights, library, industry, commerce, public buildings, new hospital, airport, population. One doesn’t have to go very far north of Rifle to see what it was like before energy development.
Yes, there always will be “no-growth” guys at the spit-n-whittle, but it is less frustrating to welcome growth and the opportunity it provides. There is always a cost for improvement.
Fort Worth, Texas
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Former Rifle Bears standout turned starting running back for Western Colorado University Ty Leyba remembers it like it was yesterday.