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$550,000 for snowmaking is real money

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Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 12:43 AM

Referring to the federal budget, the late Sen. Everett Dirksen allegedly said, "A billion dollars here and a billion dollars there, and pretty soon you're talking real money." In referring to the Durango city budget, one might say, "A half million
dollars here and a half million dollars there, and pretty soon you're talking real money."

The $550,000 allotted for snowmaking on Chapman Hill in 2009 is real money. Recreation is certainly a laudable goal, but winter sports opportunities are not lacking in and around Durango. However, some of our citizens cannot afford basic medical care, educational programs in public schools are being eliminated and abandoned pets are being euthanized because there is no money for their care. The economy is in deep recession. The state budget will be in the red. The national budget deficit soon will be a few trillion here and a few trillion there.

Is this $550,000 expense really a wise and necessary use of our citizens' money?
Michael Lubin, Durango

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