Frank Moe: Deja vu all over again

Déjà vu – 252

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To the editor:

How many of us remember the misleading Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, House Bill 10-1365?

That bill was created behind closed doors, conceived in deceit, conspired on by then-Gov. Bill Ritter and his administration and thrust upon us with hardly any time to react.

Now, nearly three years later, we are experiencing deja vu. I say deja vu because we are experiencing the sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced already has been experienced by us all in the past with HB 10-1365.

This deja vu experience now has become a reality in the recently introduced Senate Bill 13-252. It passed committee Monday night in Denver by a vote of 3-2, and we possibly only have until next Monday before it is voted on by our Legislature. This bill is again misleading, again conceived in deceit, but this time perpetrated on us by Gov. John Hickenlooper and his administration.

Our Moffat County commissioners traveled to Denver on April 8 to testify before the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on behalf of our county. The difference between these two nightmare bills is that we have just a little more time to react.

I choose the words “a little more time” to emphasize “little.” Our commissioners, along with state Sen. Randy Baumgardner and state Rep. Bob Rankin plus area energy industry leaders and other agencies representing Northwest Colorado, are going to be asking us all to help them get our voices heard.

These bills are doing nothing to help us and everything to hurt us. Much, much higher electric bills soon will be a reality with the passage of SB 13-252. We all need to make a decision now if we want to take action. This question is simple, requiring either a “yes” or “no” answer.

Our area must be resolute in defeating these actions that are placing undue hardships on our area and our way of life. Our actions against these bills must be civil, united, timely and targeted. We must all participate to prevail.

To be successful in our endeavors, to get our voices and concerns heard by the Colorado Senate, the Colorado House of Representatives and our governor, we all must take just a few minutes of our time and go to www.leg.state.co.us and look for the directory for senators and representatives. Just type them a note and copy to each one. If you are unsure how to do this, ask any friend who is computer literate to help. You can even call me if you need help.

We all must reach out and let the elected officials on the Front Range know and understand that their actions do have consequences on their constituents. While they might not experience these hardships themselves, all of us who live in rural communities most certainly will. Please do your part to make this misleading bill fail and help protect our way of life.

Frank Moe

Best Western Plus Deer Park Inn & Suites owner

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