Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Newspapers across the state urge 'no' on 60, 61 and 101

Newspapers across Colorado are urging their readers to vote "no" on Amendment 60, Amendment 61 and Proposition 101.

Here's what the Greeley Tribune had to say: "We believe the three amendments on this fall's election ballot will kill economic growth in Colorado, cripple services provided by state and local government, and doom education funding at a time when it already is dismally low."

The Durango Herald was just as concerned: "The 'bad three' really would hurt Colorado. Together, they would cut fees and taxes, require public entities such as colleges to pay property tax, ban all government debt and effectively reduce Colorado to Third World status."

Time before the election is short
Mail ballots have already been delivered, and early voting began last week. You can help defeat these measures by using the buttons below to share this blog with at least five friends. Take a moment and do it now. Remind them to vote "no" on 60, 61 and 101.

The editorial boards in Greeley and Durango have plenty of company. Many other newspapers are advising a "no" vote on Amendment 60, Amendment 61 and Proposition 101 such as the Aurora Sentinel, Boulder Daily Camera, Canon City Daily Record, Colorado Springs Gazette, The Denver Post, Grand Junction Sentinel, The Longmont Times-Call, Pueblo Chieftain, Steamboat Today and Summit Daily News.

Colorado families are at serious risk if voters approve Amendment 60, Amendment 61 and Proposition 101. That's why it's so important to get the word out about their harmful effects.

Consider the potential effect on public safety
Douglas County Sheriff Dave Weaver was only half-joking when he told an audience recently that if the measures pass someone calling 911 would be asked for a credit card and charged for the cost of emergency response.

"That's kind of making light of it, but folks that's where we are headed," Weaver said. "It's not only in Douglas County but also across the state of Colorado."

Consider what might happen to our colleges and universities
"Our college will either become a private institution, charging dramatically higher tuition in order to make up for the reduction in funding from not receiving the state funds, or we will simply will not exist," Northeastern Junior College President Lance Bolton said.

The effects would be sweeping
"Life as we know it today in Morgan County will be gone in terms of quality of life," said Kari Linker, executive director of the Morgan County Economic Development Corp.

"The amendments would hamper the county's ability to deliver basic services, such as fighting forest fires, plowing roads and protecting children. The county will be a very different place if those amendments pass," Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson said.

For details on the effects in your county, visit http://www.lookingforwardcolorado.com/.

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