Vote now, and vote no on Ref. A |

Vote now, and vote no on Ref. A

Election Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Registered voters who haven’t yet cast their ballots in this mail-in election had better get on the stick. There are too many important issues on this off-year ballot to waste a vote.

The ballot contains vital choices on issues and candidates for residents of different parts of Garfield County: Glenwood Springs City Council, school board candidates, school-tax increases in two districts, a lodging tax in Carbondale and Colorado Mountain College trustee candidates.

The most far-reaching question on the ballot is Referendum A, a statewide question.

Do not miss your opportunity to vote “no” on Referendum A.

It gives water speculators a $2 billion blank check, backed by Colorado taxpayers, and opens the door for unmitigated raids on Western Slope and San Luis Valley rivers.

Western Slope voters need to send a strong message to the state legislators who conceived this divisive proposal, and to Gov. Bill Owens, who is campaigning for it, that this proposal is not an acceptable solution to drought.

The state’s three previous governors, Attorney General Ken Salazar and our current 3rd District Congressman Scott McInnis oppose Referendum A, as do the Garfield County commissioners and the Glenwood Springs City Council.

As Glenwood Springs water lawyer Jim Lochhead explained in Thursday’s edition, Colorado is well protected from California and Nevada water grabs by interstate compacts and Supreme Court rulings.

But with Referendum A in play, Western Colorado is not protected from more transmountain diversions to the Front Range.

Use your vote to wipe out Referendum A.

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