Hickenlooper continues to show 
his disdain for rural Coloradans

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Williams just announced plans to expand operations in the Piceance.  The tight sands of that area, being more expensive and further from market than the shale gas on the Front Range and back east, responded to Free Market pressure and the globally historic recession of 2008 (at the tail end of the Bush administration, btw). So all that is just Ray Scott (who one time had a paying gig at a American Petroleum Inst. shop) silliness not supported by fact nor borne out by reality. As for the rest?  It is a bit cliche and certain unimaginitive to cry ‘Bloomberg!’ but, perhaps, not surprising—given the source.

Wow Ray, throwing stones at the Guv over “decisions”!  Hasn’t been anybody explain why the 15 clip magazine is so important yet, hell even the hunting industry limits are six I believe. As for alternative energy generation if not now when?  Do nothing Congress has kicked more than one can down the road for several sessions, how about actually getting something accomplished!

Why has an agricultural, tourist, recreation western slope become so dependent on the oil and gas industry which has broken our hearts over and over again and created an economy that is boom or bust!  Most jobs have been for those coming from other areas and are here short time before being transferred again to other prospective areas.  Few grew up here or are native Coloradoans.

As a west slope representative why would you not support an education bill that gives our system the same financial opportunities as other districts.  The Lobato case originated in Center, Colorado, a rural community where the folks believe their children deserve the same educational opportunities financially as kids from Cherry Creek.

I’d say the stones are flat and skipping across the water!

Ray, clearly you haven’t seen the recent news that unemployment growth in Colorado is the 4th fastest in the nation, or that unemployment on the Western Slope has finally fallen below 8%.

You also seemed to have missed the fact that tourism employs more Coloradans than does the oil and gas industry. Hickenlooper is charged with governing all of Colorado, not just your favorite industry.

Oh, and then there is the fact that the rural electric company in YOUR district had no problems with the bill that has you so incensed. The only company complaining is one in Weld County, where you seem to be spending more time than you spend in Mesa County, if your Facebook page is any measure.

I don’t always agree with Hickenlooper, myself. In fact I’ve called him a DINO, and Frackenlooper because of his attitude toward your industry, but I do understand that he is trying to find the balance among several competing interests—something you may want to consider.

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