Printed Letters: July 18, 2014
Paonia doesn’t want marijuana business
In the Sunday edition of The Daily Sentinel, Andreas Mink wrote a commentary referencing Paonia and the North Fork becoming the Champagne region of cannabis. Mink is a contributor to the Writers on the Range, the column syndicate of High Country News. HCN is a Western states environmental publication with offices in Paonia.
I was born and schooled in Paonia. I raised three children through Paonia schools and with my wife have owned a business in Paonia for the past 33 years. I have also spent 34 years on the volunteer fire department while serving 10½ years on the Paonia board of trustees. I no longer serve on the town board, but I have tried to stay involved in what is going on. I feel the past year has been the most concerning time we have had to experience because of the issue dealing with the retail sales of marijuana. Not all share Mink’s opinions. The ballot question in November will hopefully put this issue to rest.
I hope you understand that the picture Mink presented is not a fair representation of our small town. While his mission may be to depict Paonia as some kind of marijuana capital of the world, it is not and hopefully will not become one.
Paonia is a statutory municipality with a population of around 1,500. We are home to a few new-agers with aspirations for the money and experience of what Amendment 64 offered, but we are also populated with many hard-working, Christian people who do not want our town destroyed and our youth impacted by the effects of marijuana-based businesses.
Our children and our schools are our pride and joy, which are among the best in the state. Most of you realize our pride in sports and our success at state levels. Our graduates continue to be among the top. Even in tough times we seem to find a way to give our kids the education they will need in today’s world.
I ask that you recognize the goodness of Paonia and also recognize there are always two sides to every story. There are many of us opposed to marijuana-associated businesses in our town. We recognize the rights offered by Amendment 64 and possible benefits of medical marijuana. We simply do not want marijuana-related businesses in our community. We care about our kids and our future.
What’s Hickenlooper’s link to Bloomberg’s gun statements?
I am writing in reference to The Daily Sentinel’s article on Friday about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg promoting gun legislation that was passed by the Colorado General Assembly. This a case of another liberal eastern outsider interfering in Colorado business, lifestyles and beliefs.
He made the derogatory statement about rural Colorado not having roads and being as rural as you can get after a couple of his cronies were kicked out because of the law. Other things said were that we are a bunch of country hicks that don’t live in a city. Yes, we are nothing like the rotten — rather, I mean — Big Apple. Right now there are steady attacks on Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman and I think outside interests are involved.
What does our Colorado governor know of this and how involved is he?
All Coloradans should benefit from Colorado River water
The Eastern vs. Western Slope arguments regarding the Colorado River are petty and ridiculous. Everyone needs to ask himself who should benefit most from the river’s water. It should not be east vs. west Colorado. The entire state of Colorado should benefit from the waters of the Colorado River, even if that means some of it gets sent to the Eastern Slope. The alternative is that other states, e.g. California, Arizona, etc. will try to claim what Colorado does not use. A strong, growing Colorado economy helps everyone.