At this year’s Colorado Press Association annual conference, I saw Chuck Underwood present on America’s living generations. It’s an area of research that notes the unique characteristics of different generations that currently make up our population. In this presentation, Underwood primarily focused on what he coined the Silent (1927-1945), Boomer (1946–1964), GenX (1965-1981), and Millennial (1982-1996) generations. Apparently, much of the historical changes and significant social issues that took place during a generation’s formative years contributes toward its general characteristics. It was a fascinating way to consider looking at newspaper audiences and how each generation engages their local paper with different needs/wants. 

One of the bright spots from Underwood’s presentation was about the millennial generation and the impact they will have on our country and society; much like the Boomers. They will be inspiring and rapid, and for all of us who try to keep up with technology we need to hold on to our coat tails because it’s going to be a ride.

That’s some wonderful news given how much we still rely on the silent and boomer generation to lead our country. I often reflect how ironic it is that previous generations built our country and the wealth for which it has, and yet are the ones most affected by our new economy. It’s a sad predicament but one that we can move forward from by passing the torch.

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Standing up for one’s convictions is what makes this great nation so strong. A man I respect for what he’s done for this community, but at times disagree with, Curt Robinson, is making his frustrations known again. 

As of Saturday morning Robinson resigned from the local Chamber of Commerce and its Government Affairs Committee after the chamber came out and supported Measure B. Measure B is an April ballot initiative to increase sales taxes by .3 percent.

Robinson is making a point that taxes are one of the elements challenging our local economy and that the new rec center is more a need than a want. 

The need-versus-want argument can be made for all sorts of things in our community when it comes to the public’s benefit and we each will see it differently. But here’s where I get intrigued ...

By Robinson making a stink he’s effectively protesting something he feels strongly about. I’ve written about this before but we as a society don’t protest much, if at all. We tend to let our government do as it pleases whether or not our officials are being truthful. Protesting is something we often read about in historical contexts. It’s my opinion the lack of engagement has more to do with the times we live in and the security and wealth our county offers (I write wealth on a comparative basis to our countries around the world). 

The case could be made the chamber gains nothing by being for or against Measure B, or any initiative for that matter. So much of the apathy that exists is due to organizations not being leaders and taking and positions. The Press could stand on the sidelines and be for nothing but that wouldn’t say much about our commitment to this community. We’re entering a time where engagement and leadership are more paramount than ever and any one person or institution should be applauded for standing up and taking a side whether it’s for or against Measure B.

This week, let’s find something to stand up for Montrose

Francis Wick is the publisher of the Montrose Daily Press. He can be reached at 252-7099 or emailed at francisw@montrosepress.com.