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Letter to the editor: An explanation

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 27th, 2013

I was born in Denver and not in the San Luis Valley; but I have lived and done business here for 38 years. To me, it is a great place to live—quiet most of the time with clean air, friendly people and mostly clean water. There is always a lot to do here for the industrious person who tries.

I generally like what I do because I spend most of my summer in the mountains; and I get to help people get off the oil habit with solar electric. A short while ago, a good day that I was having ended abruptly when I picked up the Courier and read the op-ed with signatures of people that support Dan Russell’s efforts. On this list I saw the names of friends of mine, business owners that I support with my business, folks whose kids are friends with my kids, people that have taught my kids in school, people that I respect and have shared a laugh with and people who have treated me honest and fair and have gotten the same from me in return.

I want you all to know that you are not my enemies. With all the angry rhetoric flying around, I feel that I owe you all an explanation for what I have done. If I can, I would like to clarify a few things.

One important issue for me is the insistence that the community garden people are behind KPP and that KPP is somehow responsible for the appearance of the Boyd School gardens.

The Alamosa Community Gardens had nothing to do with KPP. They are two different groups of people with two different agendas and stated goals. I say that because there is no longer any Alamosa Community Gardens. The entire project has fractured apart and the survivors are struggling to restructure and re-evaluate what the reduced organization will be able to accomplish with reduced staffing and support. The project has been renamed the Valley Educational Garden Initiative (VEGI). So if the gardens look rough, it is because the whole support structure is in flux. At this point, it doesn’t look like the project is dead; it is just evolving. They could use help and not bile.

The other issue and the reason for this letter is my reason for becoming a plaintiff in the KPP legal action.

Not one of the plaintiffs are anti-business or anti-RV park. The position of the entire group of plaintiffs is that if this property transaction had been upfront, honest, and fair, this legal action would not be happening. The suit itself is strictly about point of law. Was this transaction done in a legal manner? It will now be up to a judge to determine.

Speaking for myself, I don’t really care if Dan Russell develops the property into an RV park. I have never been one to tell people what to do with their own property. Yet, truth and fairness are missing from this transaction. I personally do not believe that backdoor politics and fallacious statements are an appropriate business model. What does this teach our kids? That it is okay to cheat as long as it brings money into the community?

Well, I cannot stop calling my friends my friends; and I will not stop doing everyday business with people that I both respect and support. I understand the viewpoint that you all are coming from; and it’s okay with me that you disagree with me. I can only hope that you will understand and respect my view on this issue and that it will be okay with you if I disagree with you. For me this is about what I feel is the right thing to do and so I took a stand and became a KPP plaintiff.

With respect,

Terrance McClaughry,

Earth Sun Resources

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