"Selfish. Greedy. Wants before needs. Self-interested.
These are the words that came to mind when I saw that Larimer County defeated the tax for the mental health facility. Aren’t we supposed to help those in need?
The same words apply to the defeat of an effort to support our historical societies and museums, the raptor rehabilitation program and so many other scientific and cultural organizations in our county.
And then there was the bond and mill levy for Thompson School District. To those who voted no, did you attend any of the district’s open houses to learn why the district was requesting this money? Did you voice your concerns about the bond or mill levy to the Board of Education? Or did you vote no because you believed the flawed math on those yellow signs that were stuck in public right of ways?
One of the first lessons students learn in economic and in budgeting classes is to distinguish between needs and wants. Our county needs a mental health facility. Our history and cultural facilities and scientific endeavors need to be supported, or we lose them.
Our community needs good schools for our children, to educate the next generation of doctors, ranchers, electricians, teachers, mechanics, radiologists, entrepreneurs and small-business owners.
You want to have dinner out, or a bigger screen on your television. You want to not pay taxes: but yet you need the roads repaired, you need fire protection, you need teachers to educate the next generation, someone in your family may need mental health care. We all have a stake in helping our community thrive and we all have a responsibility to pay for the services we need to provide."
Loveland Reporter-Herald Letter to the Editor, submitted by Becky Jay, Loveland (online version with link not available)