Let them eat cheesecake (or not)

By Rosalie Everson
Posted 4/21/09

I feel pretty safe in saying that you, like me, didn’t get an invitation to the Vestas groundbreaking with Their Royal Majesties the Prince and Princess of Denmark last week. That’s not …

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Let them eat cheesecake (or not)

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I feel pretty safe in saying that you, like me, didn’t get an invitation to the Vestas groundbreaking with Their Royal Majesties the Prince and Princess of Denmark last week.

That’s not to be confused with “open house” because the doors weren’t open to the likes of us — only the important people like the Brighton City Council, (not the Fort Lupton City Council, not even the mayor) the Weld County commissioners (unacknowledged, though they were by Governor Ritter, he got to go too), Weld County planners, United Power reps, Vestas officials, the media ...

Select media. MetroWest got to send two, and one of them wasn’t me. Which is fine, I met the Vestas folks when they came through on their whirlwind tour last year, so if we are rationing our time with them, I already got my 15 minutes, it was (managing editor) Kevin (Denke’s) turn.

As any journalist will tell you, the high point of such an event is the food, not the speeches, mainly because some days covering everybody else’s lives means bouncing from story to story with no time to eat. But the journalists didn’t get any food at this party. They were, after the opening speeches, told to pack their belongings, go out and watch and record for posterity the “groundbreaking” and not come back into the tent, where little ‘finger foods”— small Reuben sandwiches, goat cheese, and cheesecake - were served.

Good enough, those journalists, areto cover the event, but not to invite to the table – not even the kids table in the kitchen.

Journalist or not, they should have invited me, ‘cause I’m family. According to Cousin Patty’s genealogy research, my pedigree goes back to Gorm Den Gamle, 1st king of United Denmark (he died in 940) and Valdemarson, “The Victorious,” who ruled from 1202-1241, and a few more crowned heads of the Danish state. With all the cross-breeding of European royalty, it could be that I’m more Danish than the prince and princess.

We were told the reason the “public” (that would be you and me) wasn’t invited is because the Danish are ‘private’ people, unlike us noisy and annoying Americans.

Let’s think about this —Vestas is getting something like $5 million in grants, ($3 million from the federal government, $2 million from Colorado Department of Local Affairs), $250,000 from Weld County, $250,000 from Brighton, $250,000 worth of undergrounding of electricity, and $1.7 million in construction of water/sewer lines to the property from the City of Brighton. Who do you (and they) think are funding these?

That’s right. We, the uninvited, have a financial stake in this, even if our money is only going to pay for the “Crown Prince Boulevard,” sign and the water and sewer improvements.

Here’s a suggestion for Vestas. Should there be a follow-up once the facility is done, throw open the doors to those big white sheds and let whoever wants to come on in — you don’t even have to serve the masses a Smørrebrød. Danes may be “private” but Americans like to see what they are getting for their money.

Rosalie Everson covers Fort Lupton for MetroWest Newspapers. She can be reached at 303-659-2522, ext. 206.

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