Su Lum: Slumming
October 12, 2011
I know it’s a cop-out, but I have almost zip interest in the upcoming ballot, much less endorsing anything, or reading up on the questions. What the hell do I know about county FM and TV translators? Nothing. Do I care? No. The only reason I’m even voting this time is to keep my name on the rolls so I can get my mail-in ballot next time. I don’t like anything about this “mail-in only” voting, and the worst part of it is that if you neglected to vote in the last county election you won’t get a ballot at all unless you personally updated your registration. Same if you moved during the year.I don’t know whose fault this is, and I don’t care.If you were lucky enough to get your mail-in ballot, be sure to mail it back so you can vote for Obama next November. While you’re at it, vote for Referendum 1A, the only question on the ballot worth the return postage (and make sure you get that right).••••
NEWS FLASH. The ballots now WILL be sent (better late than …) to registered voters who did not vote in 2010. The person to blame for this whole fiasco is Secretary of State Scott Gessler, and hooray for Denver County for defying him and bringing it court, where Gessler lost.••••
I don’t know who any of the CMC trustee candidates are. After the unfortunate decision to throw out a student who had a seizure during an EMT class (what better place for it?), I’d say vote the incumbents out if I knew which were which. I don’t even know where those districts are, so they may not even be on my ballot (yea!).Nor do I know any of the local school board candidates, though I have asked around and the consensus was to endorse Sandra Peirce and Sheila Wills. I watched the Q&A forum on GrassRoots TV, but it didn’t tell me much, and I had a hard time staying awake.On the school board subject, there’s a question about whether to keep term limits (eight years maximum) for school board members. I am usually vehement about term limits, feeling that there should be none and that we deserve what we get, but I’m apathetically wavery about the school board, which seems to be a place where people should not get too entrenched. Undecided at this point.The State of Colorado Proposition 103 asks for a sales tax increase for education during the years 2012 and 2016. You know what that means – when the tax is about to run out in 2015, we’ll be asked to extend it “with no increase in taxes.” On the other hand, it’s for a good cause, so what to do? Convince me at email@example.comThe Roaring Fork School District’s school tax question won’t be on Aspen ballots.Much as I triple-hate property tax increases, I am way too old and infirm to come out against Referendum 1A to fund Health and Human Services. This is another five-year deal – keep the existing tax and raise it a little bit, only $464,000 from the whole county, a drop in the bucket for Pitkin County real estate even in these rocky times.This tax benefits children, at-risk youth, the assaulted, the ill, the crazy, the dying, the aged, the disabled, Mom, apple pie and “programs that protect the quality of our natural resources” which I hope means stop the drilling. Vote yes on 1A.As for Referendum 1B, 1C and 1D, you’re on your own.
Su Lum is a longtime local who would rather be watching The Antiques Road Show. Her column appears every Wednesday in The Aspen Times.
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