Crawford is a unique town. It is small enough that one can know one's neighbors, yet large enough that it can provide essential services. Most people are content and happy in this town, but a handful of people are not. This handful is causing trouble for all the rest of the residents. They have condemned the last duly elected clerk and mayor and now they are doing the same to the present clerk and mayor. One of them, Carl Page, has allegedly threatened the town clerk on the town's premises because he did not get what he wanted. Because of this the town had to go to court to seek a restraining order at the expense of the taxpayers. (The case was dismissed.)
The town council has authorized the installation of security cameras to prevent the occurrence of any such future event -- also at the expense of the taxpayers. Yet, the minds of this handful of people are so distorted that they blame the mayor for incurring this expense, when she was just doing what any good mayor would do to protect an employee. Now they are attempting to recall the present mayor, Wanda Gofforth, who is merely doing her job and protecting city employees.
The underlying reason for all these distortions and lies is greed. They want something that the rest of the Crawford citizens and town council, have decided is not in the best interests of the town -- the legalization of the growing and sale of recreational marijuana. On Oct. 19, a town meeting held for the purpose of explaining the raise in the mill levy was disrupted by Jay Ziegler, one of the unhappy residents, who got out of order and had to be escorted from the meeting by a sheriff's deputy.
Let us look at what would happen if this legalization were to take place. It would bring more people into Crawford and might increase the business of a few at the expense of all the rest. The people of Crawford would no longer feel as secure in their homes. The increased number of people would necessitate the hiring of a police officer or constable to keep order. This officer would then need a squad car. Then it would be necessary to have a jail. Next we would need a court and a judge to preside over it. If all this sounds expensive, it is. A handful of people would profit and the rest of the citizens would pay for it in higher taxes. The proponents of legalized marijuana would argue that it would bring in additional tax revenue, but past experience has shown that expenses would exceed revenue. If you do not believe this, talk to someone in a town or city that has legalized recreational marijuana. I understand that Pueblo is one such city, and they are now attempting to reverse their decision to legalize marijuana in their city.
If one cannot cope with life as it is and needs an artificial "high," I suggest that you sit on your deck or porch and watch the sunset or moonrise. This will give you a "Rocky Mountain High" that will not cost you anything and has no harmful side effects.
If you do not want the scenario I just outlined, then resist this recall and defend your present mayor and city council who were elected by the citizens of Crawford.
Let us keep Crawford one of the greatest small towns in Colorado, and possibly the USA, and also set a good example for our young people and show these bullies that we will not be intimidated by them.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.