John W Hickenlooper, Governor
136 State Capitol
Denver, CO 80203-1792
I am a Weld County resident. I have lived here for the majority of my life – I grew up in Greeley, went to College at UNC, and am raising a child here.
Recently, our County Commission has launched a public relations campaign (for I can think of nothing else to call it) suggesting that Weld County leave Colorado and form a new state. The Commission is suggesting that this campaign is the fault of urban legislators who refuse to listen.
I would like to suggest to you that this is far from the case.
We feel under- or unrepresented for one reason, and one reason only. We persist in the election of extreme political fundamentalists – representatives incapable of compromise, or of working, in good faith, with people with whom they disagree. Look at the legislative history of Senator Scott Renfroe, or of Representatives Buck and Humphrey. They operate in an insular group made up exclusively of like-minded extremists.
It is unreasonable for the people of Weld County to blame you because we sent anti-social representatives the the capitol, and are angry that the rest of the legislature will not do as they say.
I am, however, concerned at your actions regarding our crazed secession efforts. These efforts represent nothing more than a temper tantrum from elected officials who are now seeing the consequences of their my-way-or-the-highway, fundamentalist governing style. Our officials are acting like small children who are being denied candy because they have not eaten dinner.
One does not give those children candy, and one should not reinforce the behavior by paying a large amount of attention.
The proper action here is to simply ignore the tantrum, and I encourage you to do so.
Thank you for your term of considered governance. I don’t always agree with you, but I appreciate your approach, and your interest in consensus. I will support your reelection.
Anyone in Weld County who really believes the disconnect exists, and that it’s Denver’s fault, however, will not support you, whether you “lean in” (nice implication in that phrase, by the way), or not.
My advice: send us to time out until we start behaving reasonably.