Paul Andersen: Basalt gets ‘screwed’ by Eagle County

“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

If only Basalt could remedy the damage done by Eagle County through secession, this would be the time. By approving the Tree Farm, the Eagle County commissioners have condemned the midvalley to a degraded quality of life.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

We, the governed of Basalt, did not consent to the Tree Farm. Despite calls for reason from the Regional Planning Commission, the Eagle commissioners have endorsed dire consequences for our community’s long-term future.

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

The combined Willits/Tree Farm cityscape will spawn urban levels of traffic congestion certain to undermine the safety and happiness of anyone touched by the taint of an unmitigated traffic morass.

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