Last week's Eagle editorial again repeats the too frequently heard complaint about changing times and populations - especially focusing upon the migration of young graduates to other areas as they pursue higher education and the jobs that education qualifies them for.

You and other locals wring hands over the fact the percentage of logging trucks in this area has diminished as the lumber industry has dwindled, reducing the jobs that were once here. Other similar points have been made - all as though this particular area was somehow unique or unusual in these characteristics.

Sorry, but you seem unusually uninformed or unaware of the characteristics that make up lifestyles and career choices in smaller towns like ours. Virtually all smaller towns share the exact same issues as to the steady migration of their younger generations as they move up and out into the world's workforce. Or would you rather your young get educated, only to stay here to pan for gold or drive a logging truck? No offence to truck drivers intended.

What little industry this area provided in logging and gold, is gone, and not likely to return - and some continue to overlook or ignore the newest "gold rush," even though your editorial touched upon it - the growing influx of older retired citizens relocating here for the scenery, lifestyle and low-cost housing, as compared to other areas.

We can either capitalize on the arrival of these folks, who take no one's jobs, don't overpopulate schools, but do support local stores and healthcare, or resist them. My wife and I fit this category of newly arrived retirees. In the year and a half we have been here, we've added over $400,000 to local real estate, $6,000 to local property tax income, $5,000 to local furniture stores, and $22,000 to a local car dealership. And, of course, other businesses such as gas stations, grocery stores, etc. All those businesses benefited from our decision to move here. Our money helped keep their doors open and their employees working.

As more like us hit your shores, more and larger businesses and support industries will be needed, and jobs added, and then, just maybe a few more of your sons and daughters will find jobs that fit their advanced education - and motivation to stay here instead of elsewhere.

And they won't have to drive a logging truck to do it.

Gary Davidson

Canyon City

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