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Chronicle should also focus on the positive

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 5th, 2012

I am writing in regards to the recent article about Classic Lifeguard pilot Owen Parks.†

†First let me say I am very proud of being from this small town and I believe† we are a great community.

Second, I commend the Chronicle for representing this community well for the most part. However, it frustrates me greatly when people who are major contributors in this community are targeted for the purpose of dramatic effect.

Owen Parks is part of a business in town that saves, or significantly has an impact on, hundreds of peopleís lives per year in our community and in the surrounding area. Iím trying to think when the last time they were represented and recognized for their contribution to this community in this newspaper. I donít recall at all.

I know that other people in this community have had game violations in the last few months. I donít recall any articles about them. I think it is rather unfair,†and a bit lazy to pick the low-hanging fruit off of Associated Press news and call that journalism. (Editorís note: The article was a press release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.)

I know Owen Parks †just enough to know he is an avid outdoorsman and respects and loves the resource. I do work with him on occasion and work with Classic as an organization frequently. They are a dedicated crew that risk their lives daily in flights that most all wouldnít want to be any part of.

†Iíd be curious how many people in private aircraft would think of themselves as criminals for asking a pilot to take a turn around to enjoy viewing spotted wildlife from the air. Which is exactly how I understand this event occurred. Owen and the Classic Crew werenít spotting animals with the intent of aiding in their harvest. He wasnít herding them. He was viewing them.

†I understand the violation. I can† understand why he was issued a ticket. I can understand why he paid it and didnít contest it in court. I donít understand why we as a community spend so little time celebrating positive aspects of our communityólike a lifesaving service like Classic Lifeguardóand then spend so much time pointing out others mistakes.

Shawn McNally


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