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Editorial: A victory for free enterprise

Posted: Friday, Oct 25th, 2013

Hopefully, Senior District Court Judge Scott B. Epstein’s ruling yesterday on the future of the Polston School site will bring to an end one of the most divisive issues in San Luis Valley history over a subject that many feel is quite trite. The judge also demanded that the two sides on the issue mediate between now and mid-December to try to resolve some differences.

Dan and Carol Russell’s purchase of the land and hopes to develop the site into an RV resort is free enterprise at its best. Sadly, the personal and legal attacks they and the Alamosa Board of Eduction endured by those wishing to see a large community garden and other such amenities there became brutal.

This became a “for-profit” verses “non-profit” battle with no possible winners.

Unfortunately, sometimes the SLV could be defined as having a non-profit mentality. Not that non-profits are not essential to the well being of a community with the poverty that exists in our six counties, but a region that thrives on non-profits will soon suffer overall.

When the sustainability of non-profits becomes more important than that of for-profit businesses . . . no one wins. If it weren’t for profitable businesses and their owners, non-profits wouldn’t exist.

We predict that many SLV non-profits have already been hurt and will continue to be by this most recent divisive issue. After all, where do most non-profits derive their resources? Do you think non-profits can survive forever on gifts from the government and other non-profits? Where do you think those government dollars come from? Taxpayers; taxpayers who own and/or work at for-profit businesses.

For the complete article see the 10-26-2013 issue.

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