Thank you for printing the letter written by Dusty and Dani Carson of Delta about Kent Calhoun. I share their thankfulness that the Montrose deputy survived the incident.
And, I share their appreciation for the DCI for reporting without postulating, which seems to be a rare trait in journalism these days.
As the Carsons said so thoughtfully, there was more to Kent than the news stories. As with many others, Kent was my friend. I am old enough to be his mother and the Kent Calhoun I knew was a good man who worked very hard at everything he did. He was a superior ditch rider on the Fruitland Mesa Ditch, one who truly understood the land and how to manage the irrigation water flow to the benefit of all the members. He was a great outfitter. He cared about his family. He gave to the communities of Delta and Crawford. Yes, he had some serious and significant problems. Many of us do. Perhaps for Kent life's problems finally overwhelmed him. In the end everything went terribly wrong.
In no way do those of us who knew Kent exonerate him for all that happened. We know it was harmful and horrific. We also know it was not the full sum of the man.