The Dec. 5 DCI noted that outdoor recreation now drives the local economy. The figures were great, but how much better it would be if our economy was more varied. Economies with multiple "drivers" have a much better chance of surviving serious recessions and, unfortunately, recreation is often the first expense people cut when budgets are tight.
We have let radicals destroy or diminish the natural resource economy on which Colorado -- and our nation -- was built: mining, logging, ranching, and farming. Our nation is losing our resource industries as well as our manufacturing capabilities.
We are becoming more dependent upon other countries for our food, clothing, and technological devices. Many of our prescription drugs are now manufactured in China (a troubling thought, especially after contaminated pet food from China killed a few thousand animals here in 2007-08.) We no longer have penicillin, aspirin, or Vitamin C manufacturing plants in the U.S.; China supplies these more cheaply.
While trade with other countries is great, we are putting ourselves in a situation where we can't readily supply our own needs, and to me, that's dangerous.