Grand County turns out to support people of Louisiana
September 5, 2008
To the Editor:
With a hurricane beating up our friends in Houma, La., it is more important than ever to thank everyone who supported the Tab Benoit Golf Classic. This was the fourth year in a row we gathered to send a message to the people of Louisiana that someone does care about the reality of coastal erosion.
Tab Benoit has been fighting for help and understanding for the past four years, way before Katrina and Gustav. Tab and his group left here for the DNC and played their music and made their case to the Democrats and are in Minnesota for the RNC. It proves its an American problem not a political problem.
As the guys are on tour for this cause, their families are evacuated and watching their homes destroyed. It is no longer a “what if” scenario.
A lot of this can be avoided in the future if the powers in Washington would fix the wetlands and the marshes. It’s scientifically doable. It’s morally the right thing to do to protect a vital cultural area from disappearing.
These people are only asking that we care and speak in their behalf.
Thanks to everyone that played from several different states. Thanks to Grand Elk for being a great host. Thanks to Headwaters for letting this event start there four years ago. Thanks to Megan Ledin for doing such a great job of organizing the event the past two years. Thanks to Grand Mountain Bank, Real Estate of Winter Park, The Sky-Hi Daily News, KCMV, Kai Turner and Channel 17 for sponsoring over the years.
And a special thanks to the Grand County Blues Society for all the support of Louisiana musicians.
If you want to attend Tab’s Vow of the Wetland festival on Oct. 10-12 in Houma, I’m sure they would love to see you. It’s free and it’s a good way to see firsthand why it’s important to save their homeland. Check out http://www.voiceofthewetlands.com for more information.