September 23, 2012
i will likely respond shortly in a more lengthy and comprehensive way to events of the past week regarding the casino project, but jane romberg's letter today seems to me to require a more immediate and specific response.
ms. romberg asks who "does steve hofman think he is to proclaim" something about what the governor says and thinks about the casino project. well, ms. romberg, i am no different than you. i am a citizen of this state, a taxpayer, and the last time i looked the governor and all state officials work for us; not the other way around. i don't need their permission or yours, to say whatever i want to say. i didn't call the pilot and volunteer my opinion; they called me. i would have been happy to keep my opinion to myself; but when asked, i was not going to lie, spin or be politically correct.
the message from the governor to northwest colorado was what i said. they did not know anything about our project, and did not care. they told the pilot it would not be successful. that was an interesting judgment, given their stated ignorance.
i understand that you and some others are pleased with the governor's current position. that is your right. but consider this. the process by which the governor has made his decision, without any significant outreach to anyone other than a few voices whispering into his ear, worked for you today but may not work for you tomorrow. when the time comes for something that you believe in is attempted to be killed in its cradle before the voices of the people are fully heard, i suspect you will decry the lack of openness and not just to yourself.
In response to:
With tepid community response and hard-line opposition from the governor, it’s time for the development group proposing an Indian casino for Hayden to reassess its hand.