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Dear Colorado Conservation Community,
I respect your desire in developing a plan you perceive as positive step for everyone. I cannot support your agenda or opinions completely. Senate Bill 252, the rural renewable energy standard, was a poor idea. I need energy that is both affordable, and reliable. We are fortunate to have clean energy in our county already. We are also fortunate that this industry allows many of us to earn a decent living.
The thousands of jobs in the renewable energy field do not benefit Moffat County residents. Am I missing something here? Where are those renewable energy jobs in Moffat County? On the other hand, I can look around and see many workers at the coal-fired power plant, the coal mines, and the numerous supply and service industries. Senate Bill 252 does not serve the residents of rural Colorado and our governor failed to listen to rural Coloradans.
I do not agree with being forced to spend American dollars on rare earth minerals when the majority of these minerals lie outside our borders. I believe we should manage our American natural resources. This includes coal, natural gas, and oil.
I also support Northwest Colorado’s Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Gilpin, introduction of House Bill 1150, mandating the State Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to review federal lands management plans. Mr. Rankin understands rural Colorado and his commitment to represent us. I appreciate his efforts.
Well stated Luke - keep it positive.
Your letter to the editor in today’s CDP is actually refreshing. You speak of what your intentions are should you be elected. That is what folks need to know. Speak of the situational problem & your planned efforts to improve it. When you focus on the current members personally, it lessens the message of what you would like to do for the community. Our current system is failing. Let’s keep our focus on meeting the goal of improved education. Discussing who is to blame does not fix the tragedy & diverts our attention away from our desired goal.
I personally want, and can support someone who will focus on raising the bar for our children’s education. That can’t be achieved by finger pointing by any of us. Let’s focus on the problem. For example, has anyone analyzed why our children aren’t doing as well as we expect? What changes can we make to achieve a clearly defined goal? Do we as a community even have a clearly defined goal?
My hope is that our goal does not focus simply on test scores. Children need to obtain emotional, social, and critical thinking skills as well. I think you & I agree on this point. My greatest fear is that our children will lose critical thinking skills in the current environment. Too much focus is placed on electronic gadgets & applications that simply teach the child how to navigate the application. How do they survive if there is a power outage, loss of internet access, or failure of cell phone service? Could they read a physical map, know if they are receiving the correct change after a purchase, and understand a ballot measure?
The responsibility for a child’s education does not rest solely on the school system; parents must embrace their responsibility and work in partnership with the school. How can we get all parents engaged? Your idea of opening up board meetings for public input has great value & I support it. This is what we need to know. Please don’t make me wade through the mud to find your message. Your ideas have far greater value & impact when they stay focused what you intend to contribute if elected.
Do you feel your comment was professional, kind, or a good example for our community’s children? I realize you are running for a seat on the board. This is not the way to convince folks you are the best candidate. You owe Mrs. Balderston an apology in my opinion.
We shouldn’t blame the CDP for selling newspapers. That is their job after all. Would you accuse a real estate agent of selling real estate?
In my opinion, the problem is the method used to create the sales. What is truly lacking is a sound understanding of journalistic integrity by the CDP. Moffat County deserves a higher level of service. Here is a link to the Society of Professional Journalists webpage which lists their code of ethics.
It is the editor’s responsibility to oversee the publication and maintain the integrity of the business. This responsibility is not being fulfilled to a satisfactory level. As a result of this, the community is being shortchanged.
I find it sadly amusing that the CDP solicits members for their editorial board. The invitation is publically presented, but the published editorial board meeting time almost guarantees that most all working citizens of Moffat County are excluded. What does the CDP fear? Will they obtain a balanced mix of thought and opinion from their readership?
I challenge Bryce to read, understand, and enforce a code of ethics for the CDP. Not a few select sections of the code, but the code in its entirety. The only way to achieve the goal of becoming a trusted and respected publication is to follow a code of ethics.
Bryce, are you up to the challenge?
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