Goodbye, Godspeed Laura: We All Want A Better America
I’ve seen her in action on the floor of the House and chairing the
Local Affair’s Committee where she has been very influential and powerful.
A great advocate for Western Colorado and Mesa County.
Representatives and senators are expected to show up at multiple
events night and day, major groups wanting to entertain these important
figures and plenty to eat and drink, day after day, night after night. It is a tough routine along with a full day of work, reading bills at night, and meeting with constituents. Weekends driving home and catching up
on personal business and seeing if the spouse is still alive.
In Laura’s case her husband almost died of a heart attack, no doubt exasperated by stress over the overblown media event regarding an illegal turn, charges of drinking, legislative privilege, including the police lying about what she had said at the scene.
I can remember some of my heroes in the last century, Senator Faye DeBerard, Kremmling; Wad Hinman, Yampa, Dick Soash, Steamboat Springs, Nick Theos, Meeker and a host of others who met in the afternoon at Nick’s Congress Lounge to review the days activities.
Reporters such as myself, in town for a day or two would join
in, and we would hash over what was good for the district and state.
Politics was more civil; we made lasting friendships that lasted far beyond the legislative session.
Today, we have politics where no purple hearts are passed, “gotcha”
is the order of the day where we even have hired photographers stalking legislators to take their pictures sleeping or in seeming awkward positions, looking for something that can produce a negative political ad or blog.
Laura’s had enough, the voters in her district are the losers, and she’ll
move on to better and greater opportunities. She has loved the job
and was very good at it. Thank her for her service!
New people are running for office — lend them a hand, volunteer
to work on a campaign and make a financial contribution to their campaign.
Note, I didn’t’ stress a party; we need the best possible people from
either political party to seek office and bring forth quality government.
We all want a better America!