Something stinks in the bluegrass
November 13, 2002
The Bad News: The proposal by the State of Colorado and U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis to practice clear-cut logging in order to increase stream flows.
This is their drought solution. This is their answer to heavy demands on a limited amount of water.
The Good News: This news couldn’t have come at a better time for the Basalt Trustees. They have been ambushed by several Basalt residents because of the water rate structure designed to promote water conservation.
The residents complained that water rates are too high. They also water large bluegrass lawns. They have made statements like, “… we live in a water-rich area,” and the trustees are “anti-family.”
Environments are not transportable. Using large amounts of water to grow bluegrass lawns in our arid soil does not work anymore. We now have the brainiacs at the state level solving the problem by micro-managing Mother Nature again.
Anne Freedman, Jacque Whitsitt and our other trustees do not deserve to be attacked by suburbanites that would hijack our town. Threatening lawsuits and recalls will not work here.
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These residents should take a long look at the results of their thoughtless lifestyles and think about participation instead of intimidation. Selfish doesn’t live here anymore.
This issue is serious enough to warrant a bumper sticker: “Basalt, CO ? We Like Our Bluegrass on the Radio.”