Printed letters, August 23, 2013
Recent “reporting” suggests we need to briefly recount the chaotic events of the last gubernatorial election here in Colorado. The Republican Party was in the unenviable position of fielding someone who was described by the state chairman as the worst candidate the Republican Party had ever put forth and that any vote for him was a “wasted vote.”
I entered as the American Constitution Party candidate because time to run as a Republican had run out. I received almost 38 percent of the vote, and the Republican candidate received 11 percent. By the election, almost every Republican elected official in the state had come out in support of my candidacy.
The Daily Sentinel printed a story that alleged I had promised the American Constitution Party that I would remain an ACP member after the election in 2010. That is not an accurate statement of our understanding.
Our agreement was reached based on a mutual benefit and had no time commitment attached. I have never portrayed it otherwise, including in many news stories and in sworn testimony as a witness in a lawsuit brought by a Republican operative in September 2010. The purpose of that suit was to keep the ACP off the ballot.
It is certainly true that I have many times been at odds with the leadership of the Republican Party. So be it. I have taken the oath of office eight times and know the words well. There is nothing in there about parties or presidents. The oath is to uphold the Constitution. That is the document and set of ideas to which I swear loyalty.
candidate for governor
Congress should not intervene in managing Colorado River
We have recently been reading a number of stories regarding discussions over the future management of the Colorado River. Disturbingly, one of the suggestions that has been cropping up is to invite Congress in to help do that managing for us.
This could not be a bigger mistake. Federal control over our water means subordinating our authority over the allocation of our resources and potentially forfeiting our property rights.
One need look no further than how our local ski resorts have been treated by the Forest Service to get an idea of what wider federal control of our water could mean.
Water law in the western United States had been determined by interstate compacts and other local agreements, not by federal government micro-management, and there is a reason for that.
Not only are we the best stewards of our resources, and can do a far better job of deciding how best to utilize those resources, but inviting Congress to make those decisions would cede control of our water to a body in which California representatives outnumber ours by more than 6 to 1.
Federal management of water would very quickly become a game of politics, with allocation going to the benefit of particular donors, political allies and vote-rich states. Do not kid yourselves that the federal government would think twice before using water as a political weapon.
All of us, especially those of us who live on the West Slope, care deeply for our water resources and are concerned about issues such as allocation and maintaining adequate supply to meet growing demands.
But any attempt to try to solve these issues by letting the federal government get a foot in the door would create far more problems than it could ever hope to solve.
We strongly urge everyone who cares about property rights, and Colorado’s right as a state to manage our natural resources, to reject calls for congressional intervention into management of the Colorado River.
of Northwest Colorado
Combat ovarian cancer by being aware of symptoms
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance urges everyone to wear teal on Friday, Sept. 6 to remind us that ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
Recent ovarian cancer reports in the media have centered on celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Pierce Brosnan, but not all families impacted by this terrible disease are famous.
An estimated 220 women in Colorado will die of ovarian cancer in 2013. For many others hope begins with awareness.
Women must know the symptoms, including bloating, abdominal pain, urinary urgency and frequency, and difficulty with eating. Why is awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms so important? Because there is no universally accepted screening test for this disease; a Pap test does not detect this cancer.
You can learn more about COCA and its work on behalf of Colorado women at http://www.colo-ovariancancer.org.
GUADALUPE PEP TORRES
Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance