Stephanie Pearce: We have to be active
So, last week, the EPA came to visit. Now what? Is it over? Do we sit back and wait to see if they heard what we had to say? Do we see if they learned anything from their visit? No. We have to be active, and there are a lot of things we need to do.
First, we need to write down our comments. The meeting we were at wasn’t recorded. The EPA didn’t write anything down. They won’t take our spoken comments into consideration. They must be written and turned in before Oct. 16. Please, please, please write your comments down and send them in.
Second, we have to be vigilant in watching to see what is happening with this. We can’t just assume it’s going well. We can’t just sit back and say, “We have no control. They’re going to do whatever they want.” If we want to make a change, we need to stay on top of what is going on.
Third, we need to be mindful of who we vote for. We need to really do research and see who has our best interests in mind. Obviously, any politician may tell us what we want to hear. That is why research is so important. If the people running have a voting record, look it up. See where they stand on not only this issue but also anything else that has to do with us in this corner of the world, from coal, oil and gas to water. Please do not just go by hearsay when voting. Please do the research, especially in these times when so many things have the potential to negatively affect us.
Please be educated when you go to the polls. I urge you to not just pick a person who is a great speaker who fills us all with feel good speeches about hope. We need more than hope. We need people who aren’t afraid to work for us, people who aren’t afraid to stand up in hard times for us and make tough decisions in hard times.
The U.S. Senate race is extremely important to us. There are so many bills the House has tried to push through, and then the Senate drops it. If we had better representation, that may turn out a little differently. Look at the candidates. See how they voted. Most importantly, vote.
This is going to be a long, long process. I’m begging you to not get complacent with how things are going and forget about being vigilant in everything we are dealing with in the years ahead. The people who are in favor of the EPA ruling us are not being complacent. They have been working on this for years. We need to be as passionate about this as they are, if not more.
This is not over. This is long from over. Yes, they listened to us, but listening and acting are two very different things.
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.