While I grew up in Price and Carbon County I no longer live there. I do however get to Price several times a month for one reason or another.
For many years I have subscribed to the Sun Advocate to keep up with the goings on and happenings in Carbon County and the surrounding area. I have noted with interest the ongoing debate regarding the Carbon County Recreation Program. I first became acquainted and associated with the Program through the yearly snowmobile ride which had a run of over 30 years. When I grew up in Price there was no such thing as a Carbon County Recreation Program. Somehow we all made do. We had scouting, 4-H, Little League and Pony League baseball, school and church sports, family camping, hunting, fishing, water sports, outings and such that took up our leisure time and taught us many valuable lessons. To hear some of the debate today about the program, one would think that most of the current recreational activities in the County area direct result of the Carbon County Recreation Program. It certainly has had it's place in the past and I think that it's management is to be commended for all that it has done for both the residents of the County as well as those coming to the County for recreational activities. Somehow years ago we got along without the Program and in the future, the residents of Carbon County will do just fine without it. Perhaps as has been speculated, an outfitter may come along and take up where the Recreation Program has left off. If there is money to be made, I'm sure that the void will be filled. Many County concerns pointed out in a recent guest column have little if anything to do with the Recreation Program. While in one form or another, many of them can and probably should be addressed and where County/Local government agencies can contribute to addressing them, one must look at the proper role of government in our lives. Unfortunately, often the government does not have a good track record to properly address and correct problems. Too often a bigger problem is created in the process through unintended consequences. I feel that we are fortunate to have a Board of Commissioners who feels a duty and responsibility to watch after the tax monies they administer. There decisions will not always be popular with everyone, but I would rather have someone in their position who takes the public good into consideration versus one who has their own personal agenda they are trying to satisfy. Respectively submitted.