I attended Thursday’s meeting with the Routt County Planning Commission about oil and gas drilling. The room was packed with concerned citizens, many of whom took their turn at the podium to state their concerns about this issue. Given our current divisive national political climate, I found it remarkable and encouraging that all of the speakers were committed to the common purpose of preserving the things we love about our community in the face of a very real threat. I didn’t speak because as I listened, it became clear to me that everything that was said was done so by the speakers with an eloquence, intelligence and passion and that I could never match. I feel very fortunate to be part of this amazing community.