Letter: Newberry has done much good for Grand County
To the Editor:
These pages have seen so much vitriol hurled at James Newberry over the past few weeks that I wonder how the worst of it can actually be coming from Grand County. As Shakespeare wrote: “The evil that men lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.”
We are all human; none of us is perfect. I understand the anger some people are expressing, but we should also not forget James’ good work as county commissioner over 18 years, greatly improving Grand County and the lives of all of us who live here.
I will not give a long laundry list of everything he has on our behalf (although I could), but instead focus on one issue of importance to most Grand County residents: Water. We all know that about 80 percent of the snowmelt in our county that makes it into the Fraser or Colorado rivers goes to be used, often wasted, in places like the Front Range or California. Most also know that the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement, which James tirelessly spearheaded, is our single best protection against further water loss. (For those who don’t, check out last year’s Sky Hi News article: https://www.skyhinews.com/news/10272033-113/river-colorado-district-compact). While I am pessimistic about the long-term fate of our county’s water, this agreement gives our rivers legal protections they never had, and pushes the day that they dry out further into the future. In my opinion, for this reason alone, we owe this man a debt of gratitude many times larger than the few thousand dollars that some are obsessing about.
I ask the haters: What have you done for Grand County over the last 18 years? If you really think it’s more than James has done, then by all means continue your vicious attacks. (Those inclined will probably do so regardless.)
For the rest of us, let’s continue to love and enjoy the magnificent lakes and rivers of this place we call home, especially now that summer seems to have finally arrived. And let’s not forget to treat our neighbors with respect.
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