There are important lessons to be learned from the resounding defeat of Amendment 66. Despite pollsters predicting passage, the measure was rejected by 65 percent of Colorado voters. In Routt County, local voters spoke more loudly than their statewide counterparts, downing Amendment 66 by nearly 70 percent with 5,009 votes cast against the measure and 2,166 cast in its favor.
We couldn’t fail to notice this week the relative ease with which the Routt County Board of Commissioners gave county employees a raise in marked contrast to the ongoing struggles of the Steamboat Springs City Council to do something similar.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today editorialized recently in opposition to Amendment 66. It also has published several letters both pro and con. Much of the discussion has been focused on the fact that Routt County will pay more in taxes than it will get back in education dollar benefits.
If only it were true that the $1 billion tax increase was going to result in dramatically improved student performance. If it were true that Colorado per capita school spending is near the bottom of the list of all states, then perhaps there would be some reason to abandon our flat income tax rate for not only an increase, but also a progressive tax. But neither assertion is supported by fact.
If you already were planning to commute between Craig and Steamboat Springs this winter for work or school and we said you could save $5,000 to $10,000 annually by riding the Steamboat Springs Transit regional bus, you’d seize the opportunity, wouldn’t you?
I was born in Texas almost 65 years ago. I have lived all across the U.S. I lived and worked in Alaska, and I am ashamed that I worked in the oil fields there because we ship all the oil there to Japan for half the price of what we pay Saudi Arabia. Why?
It astounds me to read from so many people that this measure being placed in front of us is so crucial to the survival of our current school system.
Unfortunately, bipartisanship in our nation’s politics is not something that is even worth hoping for right now. Yet Colorado voters have the opportunity to do something uniquely bipartisan for our state’s kids in the upcoming election.
Whether we want to invest in public education is one of the most significant questions we need to answer as a state.
On Oct. 14, the Steamboat Springs School Board discussed Amendment 66. Many community members on both sides of the issue expressed their opinions. The board finally voted, 3-1, to not support Amendment 66. A resolution to oppose the amendment was not brought forward.
The participation of the Steamboat Springs Police Department in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday struck us as a very good idea given the growing national trend toward abuse of prescription drugs.
For the past nine years, the Blue Star Mothers of Colorado have hosted a special weekend for the parents in the state who have lost their son or daughter in the military since the War on Terror began. To date, we have more than 215 Fallen Heroes in Colorado.
We are not old enough to vote, but if we could, we would vote “yes” on Referendum 2A. We are members to the Steamboat Springs High School mountain bike team, and we are proud to have earned fourth in the state championships at the recent Eagle race.
I believe the decision to be different: Do voters really want to commit 10 years of tax revenue to two new projects when the city has a difficult time maintaining existing facilities?
As a rural resident who frequents Steamboat for school and shopping, I cannot vote on city matters but would like to share an idea.