Babette Dickson: Vote 'yes' on 51


— Amendment 51 is a painless measure meant to relieve such a painful situation:

1) For every $5 we spend on services, restaurants, bars, or lodging, 1 cent of sales tax would go toward funding services for our friends, brothers, sisters, relatives and citizens of Colorado affected with developmental disability.

2) 51 would not impact the cost of food, heating, electricity, gasoline or prescription drugs which already are impacted by the poor state of our economy.

3) A "yes" to amend the Colorado statutes to increase our sales tax only 0.1 percent has an amazing impact: It will reduce, or hopefully eliminate, the waiting list of citizens who need services. In Colorado, we have 10,000 citizens with developmental disabilities currently waiting to receive services. This roughly equals the population of Steamboat in need of job training, speech, occupational, behavioral therapy and various services crucial for our most vulnerable citizens.

Otherwise, what happens to these young men and women turning 21 years old and leaving the school system? It is the beginning of another series of nightmares for our families.

I am the mother of an 11-year-old boy who has autism, and my biggest anxiety is what will happen to James when I die, despite all the plans I have in place? As a parent, my dream is to increase my son's independence to its fullest extent. The reality is that he will have needs, and to a certain degree, will depend on our society to stay safe and become a meaningful member of our community.

Like my son, our citizens with special needs can't speak up for themselves, but you can. Amendment 51 is not a question of compassion; it is a question of social responsibility, respect and dignity. Please invest in the future of our children and vote "yes" on 51.

Babette Dickson

Steamboat Springs


Kevin Chapman 8 years, 6 months ago

I would encourage everyone that reads this to read up on this amendment. The blue pamphlets that have been distributed via mailboxes explains this amendment in full and explains arguments for and against. I do not have children and give no sentiment either way, i am just encouraging voters to not go on emotion alone, but to be informed voters. This is an important amendment.


Kevin Chapman 8 years, 6 months ago

Please go to the portion on the left side and be an informed voter. Click on the tab on the left that displays the amendment number and then scroll through to understand the issue at hand.


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