In response to last week's letter from Mr. Thomas Huerkamp, I would like to point out the following:
First, Mr. Huerkamp accuses reporter Hank Lohmeyer of reporting his "personal agenda in crafting" events at many of the trustee meetings. It is not reporter Lohmeyer who has a personal agenda on the marijuana issue, it is certain members of the board and the cannabis committee. Why these trustees did not recuse themselves from this committee is deeply confounding, but the results are what they are. How, then, can we, the citizens of Orchard City or anyone else, have faith in what this committee recommends? Are their recommendations based on their own personal preferences or for the good of the citizens of Orchard City? We citizens will never be able to tell.
Second, as to reporter Lohmeyer's use of the word "pot," I remind Mr. Huerkamp of the old adage "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" or in this case as stinky. Mr. Huerkamp goes even further to suggest that the word "pot" is a "deliberate attempt to incite fear and anger among the readers..." Honestly, it is not a three-letter word that will incite fear and anger; rather, it is the dismissive attitude this particular board has toward the citizens it is supposed to represent. As Trustee Fuller has pointed out on several occasions, this marijuana issue is not being pushed forward by the citizens of Orchard City but by the members of the board. Therefore, if you don't want to "Incite fear and anger" among the citizens, stop pushing the marijuana issue until the people ask you to.
Third, Mr. Huerkamp suggests that just because something is legal in Colorado, it should be pursued. I cannot speak for all citizens but as for me, I would not care to have a nuclear power plant, which is perfectly legal in Colorado, in my backyard nor in my town. This is in spite of the fact there have never been any reported deaths in Colorado caused by nuclear power plants, nor have there been any reported divorces, illnesses, traffic accidents, or property crimes. Can the same be said about marijuana? I think not.
When last I checked, Mr. Huerkamp was not randomly plucked out of a crowd and thrust into the position of trustee. It required some effort on his part to become a trustee. So by hook or by crook, Mr. Huerkamp volunteered to become a politician and now he's complaining about the media and being insulted and "even threatened" by constituents. Mr. Huerkamp is a seasoned politician and knew exactly what he was getting into when he chose to run as a trustee. For him to complain about the message, the messenger, and his constituents leads me to believe that perhaps the real problem rests with him.
I find it very disturbing that Mr. Huerkamp is more concerned about how the media represents the board than how the board fails to represent its constituents. Perhaps if Mr. Huerkamp would actually represent the interests of the people rather than his own interests, he might find the narrative of his actions would change as well.
(Editor's note: The word "pot" was never used in any articles, but was selected by the editor for headlines in lieu of the lengthier options of marijuana or cannabis.)