Lynne Herring: Vote no on C and D |

Lynne Herring: Vote no on C and D

To the editor:

In thinking about voting on referendums C and D, I would like your readers to think about two Aesop’s Fables:

The first: “The Farmer and the Snake.”

The farmer finds a frozen snake and feels sorry for him. He opens up his shirt and puts the snake in to warm him up. The snake warms up, feels pretty good and bites the farmer. Surprised, the farmer asks why and the snake replies, “You knew I was a snake when you picked me up.”

Moral of the story: When you open up the door to limiting, or changing, the TABOR Amendment (the Taxpayers Bill of Rights), don’t be surprised when, in five years, or sooner, the snake bites you. A snake is still a snake.

The second fable: “The Gingerbread Man and the Fox.”

The gingerbread man needs to cross the river, but can’t get across by himself. The fox shows up and offers to take him across. He tells the gingerbread man to hop on his back. The river soon covers the back of the fox, so he tells the gingerbread man to hop on his head. Again, the river rises so the gingerbread man is told by the fox to climb on his nose, which he does. Sad for the gingerbread man, for soon after jumping on the nose of the fox, he is eaten by the fox.

Moral of the story: We are close to being eaten by our own government. Our schools are a mess, our hospitals are a mess, and health insurance is through the roof. And why? You and I are paying for government programs that are given to people here illegally. Colorado is a sanctuary state, and our state government is drowning and wants us to bail it out.

We, as tax paying Americans, are paying more than half of every paycheck to the government in taxes we see, and in taxes we do not see, (hidden taxes such as excise tax, recovery taxes, transportation taxes, licenses and fees). No! I am just a struggling American who wants to contribute to the charities I choose to and who doesn’t want to be forced to pay for programs the government chooses for me.

I am voting no on C and D, and I hope you do, too.

Lynne Herring

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