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As we are reminded often, the drought is not over, nor will it be the last drought to strike Colorado. Well-planned and well-executed water projects would help us next time.

But this referendum is not well -planned, and we have no reason to believe it will be well-executed, either. It’s too expensive, it’s too undefined, and it leaves too much control in too few hands. We need to vote down this turkey in time for Thanksgiving.

This referendum would create an open-ended policy towards re-routing water, especially from the Western Slope, to the Front Range.

It’s been learned (retrospectively) that the Glen Canyon Dam and the Hoover Dam have negatively impacted the ecosystem of the Colorado River. Now, thirsty lawns in Denver are eyeing the Gunnison River. Which parts of western Colorado are we willing to sacrifice?

Citizens of the Front Range need to learn to live within the natural restrictions of their locale, and work instead towards a long-term, local solution to their dilemma.

I strongly urge all Colorado voters, especially those who reside on the Western Slope, to vote “no” on Referendum A.

The permission to borrow up to $2 billion to finance water projects benefiting the “thirsty” Front Range is not in rural Colorado’s best interest.

Water projects that will supposedly “pay for themselves,” and thus absolve taxpayers of this debt, is laughable. We will be paying and so will our children until the full debt load is forgiven, possibly $4 billion over the life of the loans!

But vote “yes” on 4A!

Surely you jest!

OK a $2 billion ($4 billion payback expense) unmandated fund?

Gov. Owens, in an Oct. 16 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, advised Arnold Schwarzenegger to push a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) through the California state Legislature at the earliest possible date. Now Owens is recommending possibly the largest debt authorization in Colorado state history.

Owens knows he benefited from the decade-old TABOR spending cap. Help him wear his old TABOR cap proudly. Vote “no” on- Referendum A! Do it for our kids and generations to come.

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