Letter to the Editor: Response to "Qualifications"
Having lived in Carbon County all my life, I've seen people come and go in the political offices. Some came in with agendas only to find that perhaps their goals were not attainable for whatever reason. Some came in just because they've wanted to serve and make our local cities and towns, and county a better place for the residents. Most of the time, these people find that their efforts are very much unappreciated and that there are very few thank-you's handed out for their efforts. Being willing and able to take on a public position is not easy.
A friend recently brought a quote to my attention, it goes something like this: "Critics are those who come in after the battle and shoot the wounded". I know our county commissioners are involved in continuous battles. Many of which are never ending, and I'm speaking of the fight for our public lands when I made that comment. I know a particular county commissioner who has made a stand for my interests and I'm grateful beyond measure that he did.
Really Mr. Coonrod....you don't see the improvements out at the fairgrounds as a good thing? You don't think the senior citizens are worthy of a new building for them to spend their golden years socializing in, after all their contributions to our area throughout their lifetime? I think it's an honor for them.
I was pregnant with one of my first children, (late 1970's, early 1980's) and carried rocks off the county ball fields so we women could have a place to play, my then passion....softball. Take a good look at those fields today and see what a beautiful place that it has become. My granddaughter now plays ball out there. What a legacy to hand to her. But it wouldn't have happened if some county commissioner hadn't have wanted to see things improve.
You (Mr. Coonrod) don't think that the road improvement in Nine Mile Canyon was justified? I grew up going hunting out there. It took HOURS to drive out there. I now make that road a road of choice when I go to see my kids in Wyoming rather than traveling Indian Canyon. Why? Because it's a beautiful drive with very little traffic. As for running a major oil company out of town, if you were to talk to a former person from that company, he won't paint you the picture that Carbon County ran them out of town. It's more like the company had experienced growing pains, and had to make major cut-backs to survive, and are currently today, not out of business, just out of the area. We should be grateful for their many contributions, (even outside of the major road improvements) that this past company made to our communities.
You (Mr. Coonrod) speak poorly of this new county building......are we not to progress in this county? Did you bother to check out the funding for this project? Not hardly. You've spent your time criticizing the commissioners for WHO was hired to do what. I've sat in many county commission meetings when bids have been awarded. I think they (the county commissioners) look out for the local interests when it's possible. I've known our commissioners to seek for all the grants, and low-interest loans that might be possible for projects such as this. Do you begrudge the employees of the county to have nice facilities and more room to work in? Look at the new animal shelter, and the new road department buildings, all the new facilities out at the county fairgrounds.....I would call this progress, and planning for the future. You, (Mr. Coonrod), would that we would invite other officials, whether from other counties, our state officials, or what have you, to an area that never shows any kind of improvement being done?
Qualificiations? Do all people have to have college degrees to be successful? Let me make a short list of qualifications for you, (Mr. Coonrod). How about bold optimism? How about bold decisiveness? How about bold communication skills? How about studying out the issues and becoming involved? How about defending historical truths? How about defending and proclaiming principals? There are current county commissioners who have done all of the above. Even when the critics would shoot them down.
I urge Carbon County to look closely at all of the improvements that we've experienced over the past few years, and to be proud of them. I urge you voters to take a look at the past few years, and when it comes time for the elections....give credit where credit is due. If you think it's time for a change, do it for the right reasons, not because a local citizen wants to sling mud at good hard-working men.
I vote for the man, (or woman), when I vote in elections, not the party.