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"If you want people to work harder and achieve more, give them a
voice in setting their own goals."
This is a quote from a little book titled "No Chairs Make for
Short Meetings, and Other Business Maxims From Dad," by Richard
Rybolt. This saying seemed appropriate after listening to the first
presidential press conference with President Barack Obama.
Republicans are complaining they have no say in the newest
stimulus plan, but quite the opposite is true. The president has
tried to include them in every step. In fact, at his news
conference last week, in answer to a reporter's question, he said
the Republicans were very happy with the stimulus plan in the
After that, it must be that some of the die hard conservatives
suddenly realized they were saying good things about a Democratic
proposal, so had to immediately back off and find nothing but fault
with the plan. Hence, much partisanship ensued putting the passing
of the bill in doubt.
It passed the Senate on Feb. 9, but now goes back to the house
with $100 billion removed. It still faces a tough fight, but maybe
the two sides can bend and try to put Americans first.
The president did listen to the other party and tried to let
them set their goal. They could hardly expect to win the war, but
they could have won some battles, which actually they did with the
reduction that the Senate took out. By the time this is printed,
the fight should be over.
Over and over, the president has said that he wants a
cooperative spirit in the House and the Senate. This has been part
of his campaign for the last two years, but somehow the message
isn't clear to people with the Rs after their names.
It is hard to know how this is received by the Republicans back
home, especially if their are ones that are really struggling to
hang on to their house, or have lost their job. Will they support
their “electee” or think their representative is helping them, or
that they should have gone along with the original plan? Next
election cycle should give the answer.
Feb. 7 was evidently a popular day to schedule something. It is
so hard to go to four or five things in one day, so one has to pick
and choose. Some of this is timing. For instance, I got my Audubon
seed sale letter in December. Then the Colorado Trail Foundation's
board of directors meeting was scheduled way last year in the
spring. Other activities came along one after another.
Then it was time for the Douglas County Central Committee
meeting with its biannual elections. Then we got notice at the last
minute that Gov. Bill Ritter, Sen. Bennet and a third person, I
can't remember, were going to be there. Certainly, I wanted to go,
but my time was already reserved for the board of directors meeting
and picking up my bird seed. Maybe cloning doesn't sound so
undesirable after all.
At the trail foundation board meeting, I realized people that go
up to work on a Colorado Trail crew really have no idea how much
effort goes into setting up that crew. Keeping the foundation going
takes a enormous amount of energy, time and dedication. The
Colorado Trail Foundation is run by all volunteers except for two
The board of directors is all volunteer as well as the trail
crews, crew leaders, organizers, and coordinators. At the board
meeting we discuss finances, office management, goals and are they
being met, contributions from "Friends" (not called members because
of a legal technicality), legal issues, the news letter, the web
site, how to reach more people, condition of the trail, reroutes,
the crew schedule for the year, food for the crews, classes at the
cabin in Lake City, the adopters for trail sections and their
needs, relations with the U.S. Forest Service and the Continental
Divide Trail people, how are the new Trek guides doing (it is going
great, very popular), setting the calendar for the year, and the
list goes on. Yes, it is a long work list for all the people
involved. The day is long with the conversations going on during
the breaks and lunch. Then there will be a retreat for the board of
directors in April to discuss especially sticky items or things
that just need further consideration.
Summer is coming soon so people are already setting their time
to be up in the mountains, helping keeping the trail in good
condition for the day hikers, the backpackers, the thru-hikers, the
equestrians and the mountain bikers. It is 500 miles from Denver to
Durango, with great views, great exercise, and great, very
dedicated volunteers that keep it in great shape.
If you would like to know more about it, there will be a program
at the REI store in Park Meadows at 7 p.m. April 14. You can also
go to the Web site www.ColoradoTrail.org, or e-mail
call 303-384-3729. This is a Colorado treasure. See you on The
Tune in next week for the new Douglas County Democratic Party
Pat Nagorka is a 35-year resident of Douglas County and a
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