Stephanie Pearce: Looking forward to another year
The new year is just a few days away. In a few more, I will have been writing this column for two years. When I started writing, I wanted to write about what’s important to me. Family, keeping traditions and keeping life simple are all things I wanted to represent you in this column. For the most part, I feel like I have done well in depicting those in my writing. The past two years have brought many changes personally and in the world we live in. Because of this, my thoughts about some things have changed, and with regard to others, they have grown stronger. Throughout the next year, I hope to share more of my views and let you in on my thoughts.
During the past two years, loss has played a prominent role in my life. My family has dealt with so many deaths that I think about loss a lot. I think about how things will be in the future because of the losses we have endured today. I wonder how traditions can endure when we lose so many in such a short time. I hope that we never forget the contributions these people brought into our lives. As a community, we have experienced loss heavily, as well. Members of our community, our fellow students, family and friends have left all of us. It is very important that we remember these people with love, with respect and with pride. We need to keep their memories alive and keep them close to our hearts.
Throughout the next year, my goal is to help our community, families and friends deal with the loss they feel. To help them get through the rough spots with stories that make them smile. To help them remember with love and happiness.
There have been so many changes in our government. We, as a country, are changing. We constantly are changing. The question is, are we changing for the better? Are we going where we need to go? Are there things we could be doing to make sure we are? In the next year, I want to answer some of these questions. I want to inspire you to get involved and make your voice heard. I hope to point out where I think we are doing things right and motivate us as a community to keep us where we need to be.
We as a community, county and city may be small, but we know how to take care of one another. If we can do this, we can come together to make the needed changes on a political level that we need to make. We also can make sure the things we are doing right do not change. We can make a difference politically. Most things start small at home and grow from there, and our ideas can do the same. We have so many political decisions being made for us by big government about our coal industry, our water and our agricultural industries, to name a few. We need to stand up and make our voices be heard in the most positive way possible so that we can be taken seriously.
I look so forward to bringing you my thoughts, my memories and my views during the next year. I am so proud to be from this community, and writing for you is such a privilege. Thank you so much for reading my columns for the past two years, and I look forward to many more.
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like ‘a piggy bank,’ but top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas
The complaints from constituents and policy advocates are aimed at the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, a depository for about half of the $272 million the state is expected to generate this fiscal year from marijuana-related taxes. The legislature has guidelines for how the money should be spent, but lawmakers can use it for just about anything they want. And in practice, they do, splitting the money among dozens of different programs, across more than a dozen state agencies.