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Taylor’s all wetI’d like to address some misrepresentations that state Sen. Jack Taylor presented in his letter of March 2. First, neither his bill on RICDs last year nor Sen. Isgar’s bill this year can remotely be called “balanced.” They create a second-class, less than equal water right in Colorado. That’s something that has never existed before and is most likely unconstitutional. Second, Sen. Taylor claims that RICDs are a “new and different kind of water right.” Yes, RICDs are completely non-consumptive and can take a fair amount of water, but then so are hydro-electric water rights. Hydro rights might take water out of the stream for a short distance, but then put it all back in. That’s the only difference, other than one is for “real” work and the other is for “play.” It’s time to grow up and step into the 21st century, Jack.Then Sen. Taylor raises that boogieman of California, guaranteed to scare people all over Colorado. California has an absolute right to a tremendous amount of water in Colorado, as does the rest of the Lower Basin. We are obligated to send water “out of Colorado,” whether we want to or not, by the Colorado River Compact of 1922. Using that water under kayaks or for fish is as good and beneficial as any other use and good for Colorado, as well.The trouble is that some folks just can’t abide change. Potatoes, sheep and mining don’t support Eagle County any more, in case anyone missed it. One on-line comment to Taylor’s letter noted that kayakers are a “small special interest group” and don’t deserve taxpayer support. The exact same argument could have been made about skiing and its “newfound popularity” 50 years ago. Times change, as do economies and beneficial needs for water.No, Sen. Taylor’s problem is that he doesn’t want to “waste” precious water on recreation when it can be put to a more profitable use the old-fashioned way, in toilets and on lawns. Anywhere but in a natural channel or for trivial matters like recreation or the environment.One-hundred-thirty years ago, when Colorado became a state, they wisely didn’t allow for second-class water rights. If you had a recognized beneficial use you could get the water, in priority and according to need. Period. That’s the way it was, the way it is and the way it should be. RICDs are subject to the exact same laws and customs as any other water right and will hardly “dominate Colorado water law,” as Sen. Taylor suggests. If Sen. Taylor really does have to represent a wide range of “water stakeholders” and hasn’t the “luxury of advocating for one kind of water right to the exclusion of all others,” than why is he working so hard to cripple a truly beneficial right to the advantage of all others, even others as yet un-claimed? I guess recreation just isn’t a legitimate “stakeholder” or constituent for Sen. Taylor. Senate Bill 37 is completely unbalanced and needs to be scrapped. The sooner the better.Ken NeubeckerCuff my kid if badI would be surprised if I’m the only parent in town who would applaud a police officer handcuffing my elementary-age son and bringing him home.No, I’m not an abusive or extreme parent. I do, however, follow the tenants of a philosophy (and book) called “Parenting With Love and Logic.” I have to place trust and confidence in our police officers and assume that whatever my son did that could constitute him being placed in handcuffs and brought home, was sufficient to warrant those extreme actions.I also firmly believe that we learn substantially more from our mistakes than our successes. Just ask Lindsey Jacobellis. Doubt she’ll do a method at the end of a race again.I also believe that we, as parents and a society, are not helping our children at all by screaming “abuse” of a police officer or school. We are teaching our children to not take responsibility for their actions, and, even worse, that they can profit by pointing the finger at someone else instead of understanding that there are consequences for poor choices. …I don’t recall reading anywhere that the child was physically hurt by this action. I guarantee he’ll think twice before causing problems on the playground. Officers, when my child is a teenager, feel free to throw him in jail overnight if you catch him disturbing the peace, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if he intimidates, insults or disrupts the educators at his school. I will support you handcuffing him and letting him experience what his future holds if his behavior continues to thumb his nose at our laws. The lessons you are able to instill in our children (and our adults who act like children) are immeasurable and priceless.Carolyn PopeEdwards


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