Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Steamboat Springs "No need for 700 Vote" (Today, April 16) is the second ViewPoints editorial supporting the 700 LLC speculation - and presumably other unrestrained growth, as well. It lauds the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan, conceived 13 years ago, with its stated goal to direct growth away from the metro area of the town. The bias of the paper's Editorial Board in supporting the 700 project is obvious.
The WSSAP is a pre-planned manipulation to assure virtually preapproved future growth, under the popular appeal of providing "affordable" housing, jobs and "prosperity" into the future. At what social cost - a bigger jail, more law enforcement, more schools, welfare, a traffic and parking nightmare and on and on?
It also accomplished something else - causing the value of CRP and wheat land to escalate from a few hundred dollars per acre to several tens of thousands per acre. I do not care to pursue this one - but some old-timers might remember who was on the City Council at the time.
The editorial implies that we as citizens of Routt County should just roll over and accept the plan and automatic annexation - like a flock of sheep following a lead goat to slaughter. Don't buy that. We ordinary citizens are entitled to decide our own future - not just the Chamber-dominated and interest-conflicted council majority.
A plebiscite would establish whether the ordinary citizens really want moderate, managed growth or the uncontrolled kind we have had for so long. If it is the latter, so be it. Majority rules. I would accept that result, shut up about growth and turn my attention back to illegal aliens, the Chamber/City Council interactions, church and state, and other favorite issues.
By the way - I came across a better poetic allegory from Robert Burns that fits the WSSAP nicely:
"The best-laid schemin' o' mice and men gang aft a-gley (goes often astray), an'lea'e (leave) us naught but grief an' pain, for promised!" (To A Mouse. 1785.)
Omar M. Campbell