McKibbin’s Scribblin’s: Busy, busy, busy. What’s up with that?
Maybe this is just me talking, but doesn’t it seem like there is a lot going on in our little corner of the world here lately?
I guess there’s always stuff going on (luckily, for my wallet…) but between three wildfires around Rifle, trying to stay cool and keep our lawns and gardens green in this hot spell, work on the New Ute Events Center getting back under way, all the hyperbole about the proposed recreation and community center and that dreaded “T” word, and now seven (SEVEN!) people running for Rifle City Council, it’s hard to catch a breath.
And then, right after we finally get a little rain, what do we have but watering restrictions, probably for the rest of the summer.
It’s enough to make my head spin. I think it did at least once.
As I’ve said, I tend to be a “glass half full” guy and look at most things with optimism. So most of the things I’ve noticed here lately I’ve felt good about. OK, maybe not a lot of good from the wildfires, especially if you were some of the homeowners who had to evacuate for a time during the Ward Gulch Fire out by Rifle Gap Reservoir.
And alright, the hot temps get old real fast. That may be at least partly due to me getting older. I used to be outside every summer. And loving it, as Maxwell Smart would say.
But the resumption of inside demolition and remodeling of the events center is all good, as I think that project will be a good fit and a boost for downtown businesses. It won’t be easy to keep it going due to the economy, but having a nice place to enjoy entertainment is something every community wants to see and experience. And a lot of them have benefited.
As you can read on this page, the proposed recreation and community center and that darn sales tax hike to help make it happen have stirred the emotions and the arguments among Rifle folks more than any recent issue in my memory. Yes, more than the water treatment plant last year, which seemed to get the attention of only a few, although they were pretty vocal at times, too.
But I’d much rather have letters to print on this page than have to scribble madly on whatever floats around in my mind each week.
And I’m still undecided on that Sept. 10 ballot question. I go back and forth, forth and back, day after day and week after week. It comes down to a question of being able to afford it — and not just in the short term with more taxes out of my pocket and yours — versus the attractive benefits a recreation center provides. It seems to almost depend on the time of day as far as how I lean.
Judging by the split in this week’s letters, it looks like those who have made up their minds one way or another are just as decided as I am undecided. I know the amount of opposition caught the rec center’s backers a little off guard.
Time will tell and I’ll probably make up my mind one final time about the same time the mail in ballots are due to the city clerk’s office. Whichever way I end up voting, things usually go the opposite way. But we’ll see. It’s an important decision for all of us.
The mind has a lot of things to sort out and through, you know. And it’s just so darn hot, I can’t think straight!
Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.
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