(The fifth of) January and State Highway 400 is finally clear of ice. No thanks to the County Commissioners and road crews of Pershing County. 

The County has seen fit to endanger us and our children by not maintaining the highway during adverse conditions. 

This lack of maintenance has been ongoing for at least 15 years. We in Buena Vista Valley would like some answers. 

Who is responsible for this highly dangerous situation? This highway is a school bus route. How can the County justify? Themselves? 

And where are our elected officials? Aren't they responsible to the people who elected them? 

Are not these officials working for us equally throughout the county? Isn't thier duty to us, as residents of our county, or is it to themselves.

George Washington, in his farewell address warns us: "However combinations or associations of the above description now and again answer popular end, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, buy which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of Government; Destroying afterward the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."

Does this sound familiar? In the Northern part of Pershing County we get no assistance from the county. 

This includes sporadic if no help from fire resources, emergency resources and law enforcement. Does this sound like they work for us?



Dale E Schmitz

Buena Vista Valley