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Letter: Support Amendment 71

Do you want to help steer the direction of “Colorful Colorado” now and into the future? Do you want your voice heard? Do you want a say in what amendments make it on Colorado’s Constitution? I know I do. If you do too, then I urge you to educate yourself on Amendment 71, also referred to as “Raise the Bar,” before you vote this November.

Colorado’s Constitution is the easiest in the country to amend, which essentially makes us the guinea pig for out-of-state special interests. In fact, since 2005 there have been more than two dozen proposed amendments, and in that same time period only two proposed changes to statutory law. That is definitely backwards and needs to change.

What happens currently is these special interest groups focus their attention and petitioning efforts (signature gathering) in the counties with the largest populations in Colorado, essentially eliminating smaller counties and rural areas. No matter the issue, Denver and Boulder shouldn’t be telling us what to do in rural Colorado and on the Western Slope. We matter too, and we should have a voice.

This is about we the people of Colorado, not just a segment of our population. From Denver to Boulder counties and Garfield to Mesa counties and everywhere in between, our opinions all count, and we all should support this amendment. Amendment 71 will give all of Colorado a chance to decide what’s on the ballot rather than just a select few.

Keira Bresnahan

Grand Junction