My dear old friend John Steinert, we have been pondering the same questions lately. CLICK HERE to see John Steinert’s Letter to the Editor date January 17, 2013. I also remember the good old days when things governmental were different in Pagosa Springs. What has happened? We grew up!
There was a time, not so long ago, when Pagosa was a true innocent. It seemed then that Pagosa was a lot more remote than now. I know the distances were the same as now, but we were more remote in our thinking and emotions. With the huge population growth of the 1990s new thinking and modern ways of doing things entered the communal and governmental thinking. We changed!
I can recall a County Commissioners meeting of long ago when a commissioner was giving a report. He mentioned a drive he took checking out roads and bridges. He found a bridge with lose bolts and closed with a description of how he went back to his vehicle, got tools and repaired the bridge. Would that happen now? I don’t think so.
With the modern ways we learned that we should hire people to do all these jobs. That happened with the county when it seemed everyone had to have assistants to do their job and employees and costs grew to the point of bankruptcy.
Now we can’t just make the most logical decision, we have to do a costly and time consuming study. As likely as not, the person or group doing the study is chosen to provide the answer wanted in the first place. A study relieves personal responsibility if the results prove to be wrong. That’s the modern way.
There is another facet to the modern Pagosa Springs; the demographics in town have changed dramatically in the last decade. For many years newcomers could be counted on to buy and move to expensive property in the county. More recently they have been filling empty spaces in town. I believe the next election will be vastly different than in the past.
Come senators and congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.
— Bob Dylan