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Sat, Jan. 18

Letter: Area needs to save precious open space


I disagree with the recent Daiton Rutkowski letter about roads and open space.

Prescott needs to retain the extended tax portion for open spaces as a token for maintaining some of the unique geology and heritage of our city.

Drive through what in early Prescott was the "Garden of the Gods," behold the beauty. It is now a development and will close to the public in a year. A natural wonder of rock and streams gone now! I wish previous city councils had, had the foresight to buy that property for Prescott citizens.

Rutkowski, has "more than enough open space". Good for him, but I suspect he couldn't tell a petroglyph from a piece of asphalt.

I am not an environmental extremist. One of Prescott attractions to all is the natural beauty and unique geology.

He was right by saying government should do what the people can't do for themselves. Without community support we can't buy open space.

Let's look at a Rutkowski future when visitors and citizens tour "Every body's Home Town." We can point out our beautifully maintained roads, and that we built more roads to travel at greater speeds. We can tell how the community wisdom was to blast the unique rock formations, destroy the antelope and wildlife, pollute our lakes and streams.The Courier started showing pictures of local open spaces in the banner. With Rutkowski thinking, those pictures can give way to new roads and close up shots of newly laid asphalt.

We need balance. A tax measure with open space and roads just makes good sense.

I will be pleased to cancel his vote come election time.

Dave Cumbie


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