Letter: There is no free lunch with Brown Ranch

To the fish in the Yampa River, the worm is an “anonymous donation.” The fishermen in a boardroom on Lincoln Avenue, Denver or Chicago see it is an investment that will bring huge returns.

This letter to the editor is not anonymous, and we should not accept a $24 million anonymous dark money “donation” that is a pittance compared to the magnitude of the decision that faces us. Once our local “leaders” take the worm, the fish will be hooked with intolerable traffic, no parking and ruinous demands on our diminishing water from 2,300 new units (5,000 to 6,000 people?) shoehorned into a town of 12,000.

This is not catch and release. It is irreversible. Pull back the veil and demand a vote on the Brown Ranch in the full light of day. Will a clear-eyed examination of the consequences show us what we want for our future?

Don Moss
Steamboat Springs

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