'A' not better, worse
It was a bad idea then. It's a worse idea now.
"A" gets an "F" as public policy.
Bad ideas don't get better with time -- they may actually get worse. This is particularly true of Referendum A on this November's ballot. It was a bad idea a year ago when as Colorado Senate majority leader I helped kill an earlier version of this threat to western and southern Colorado water and our way of life. It's an even worse idea now and needs to be defeated.
A similar proposal came before the General Assembly during the special legislative session in the summer of 2002. I made certain that House Bill 1022 was killed in committee and my vote to kill it was one of the best I cast during that session.
But now it is round two and the boondoggle is back. However, this version is even worse than the earlier one. As public policy, Referendum A gets an F for failure.
The referendum would authorize the sale of up to $2 billion in bonds to build dams and reservoirs. But where will those dams be built? Where will the water come from to fill those dams? Who will benefit? Who will get hurt? The proponents of this measure won't say. Worse, the process for authorizing a project is left completely in the hands of the governor and the Colorado Water Conservation Board -- a board appointed by the governor. They can decide on a project without having to have any public input and almost no oversight.
Trust us, they say. We'll do the right thing, they say -- but the right thing for whom? I don't believe for a minute that it will be the right thing for southern and western Colorado. I know, as certain as I know that the sun comes up in the east, that the water for these boondoggle projects will come from the Western Slope, the San Luis Valley and southern Colorado. And it will go for the benefit of those who want to build more golf courses and blue grass lawns in the metro suburbs, at the expense of the local economies, interests and way of life of those of us who live and work in southern and western Colorado.
Trust us, they say. We'll do the right thing, they say. Oh, really? When Western Slope and southern Colorado legislators attempted to amend the bill placing this question on the ballot to provide for compensation to localities for the loss of their water and negative economic impact of that loss, those who would have us trust them just said no.
Well, it's time for all of us to just say no to this $2 billion water grab. The best vote I will cast this November, and the best vote you can cast, will be like the best vote I cast in the 2002 special session: No on Referendum A.
Former Colorado Senate majority Leader
Times do change
Regarding Autumn Phillips' Steamboat Fashion Review: Times haven't changed.
Autumn's clothing choices are a bit different, but in going back to the 1960s, as far as young folks in Steamboat are concerned, The Dorothy Shop was the stylish ladies wear spot. Dorothy Wither actually left town on buying trips to New York City and San Francisco. Guys were left to J.C. Penney, Allen's and Lights for covering their backs. Little was mail ordered.
Carhartts weren't as common as now, but Levis were it, with wool Pendletons.
As to your Do's and Don'ts:
Don't carry a brief case -- no one ever owned one.
Do wear jeans -- still a constant.
Don't wear high heels -- only to Midwinters Ball.
Do listen to jam bands -- we had The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
Don't use big words -- do you mean "pretentious?"
Do wear hiking boots with dress clothes -- and everything else.
Don't spend too much time on your hair -- just let it grow.
Do talk about ski conditions -- some things don't change.
Do show up 10 minutes late -- Steamboat time defined.
Don't change -- the mountains and valley haven't, but for those of use who were here in the '60s, Steamboat has changed. Bigger vehicles, more ski runs, fancy houses, more people, but much of the change can be overlooked or interpreted positively. The sky is still very blue on those "I can see a hundred miles" days and aspens quake with gold leaves of fall and green of summer, and the air is dry and thin and pure.
We still revel in the good fortune of being here.
Follow leash laws
To all my neighbors and fellow residents, who are pet owners in Oak Creek: I am a homeowner who takes a lot of pride in my property. I spend a lot of time keeping my yard neat and tidy. My investment of time and money in planting flowers and shrubs is my right and is what I want to do.
However, I do not have any pets, and therefore I should never have to go out to work in my yard and clean up piles and piles of dog waste. Also, your pets urinating on my shrubs do a lot of damage to my investments. I am slowly getting a fence put up, at a great expense, to keep your pets out. It will probably be another year before I can get it finished.
In the meantime, I am appealing to your sense of responsibility as pet owners to respect my rights as a property owner.
Do you also know that there are leash laws in Oak Creek? I know a lot of you think that nobody is going to do anything because it is Oak Creek. And all of you who let your dogs and cats out late at night or early in the morning, might think that you are getting away with it, but I tell you, it is not fair to me, and others who do not have pets.
I have personally appealed to some of you and I have been laughed at, but I see no humor in this.
I have made complaints and it seems that the problem has only gotten worse. Please allow me the right to have a nice yard that is an asset to the neighborhood.