Choices

Choice, choice, choice. Lots of choices. You can choose to participate in risky behavior, or not. You can choose to practice proactive birth control, or not. There are a dozen methods available. You can choose to love and nurture that infant or allow someone else to do so, or not. You can choose not to kill a baby. Simple.

Don Pechman

Montrose


Sen. Coram’s ‘yes’ vote to affects this community

Last week Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Colorado HB19-1263, a law that softens the individual drug possession penalty of heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl from a felony to a misdemeanor. What this means to the real world of Montrose? As reported by the Montrose Press this week, “Concerns rise as drug penalties drop,” an individual can have up to four grams of heroin on them when arrested, and the best local law enforcement can do is cite them with a misdemeanor. Folks, that’s 30-40 hits. Or, 30+ dealer bag sales. Sen. Coram supported this measure (now law). Rep. Marc Catlin didn’t.

I could go on about the statewide liberal political nonsense broadcast about the value of this bill, but I’d prefer to keep it local and opine on its potential impact to this area. Let me start by saying; “Montrose does not have a homeless problem, we have a drug and addiction problem fueled by the opioid crisis.”

The homeless, petty crime and escalating crime severity all come along for the ride. Any of us who resided in other places, or travel to larger cities, know it can get a lot worse.

Compassion, or, my lacking of? You mean San Francisco or Seattle, where there is a plastic straw ban, but they hand out needles? Enabling, that may be what you mean, and it is now part of Colorado. Compassion is recognizing the problem, proper enforcement of the crime and providing rehabilitation.

This letter is an opinion directed at the new law and the crime and penalty aspect. What Sen. Coram just voted “yes” to depletes the criminal consequences, handcuffs law enforcement and essentially gives a pass to possess big-time drugs while walking the streets of our community. The values of the Montrose region are not represented by this vote.

Scott Damman

Montrose

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