...What do you think are the top issues facing SD 29, specifically, what are the most pressing issues in the eastern portion of SD 29? This Senate district stretches to Last Chance and has several rural issues that sometimes get overshadowed by more populated parts of the district.
I believe there are dozens of issues but the top five would be:
Violence: I believe we have a real problem with violence in America. Even if guns did not exist, we would have just as much killing. The Boston Marathon bomber used a pipe bomb. Europe is devastated by car bombings and theater bombings. Neither Lizzie Borden nor Jeffrey Dahmer used a gun. I feel our leaders need to spread more love of their fellow man and less fear.
Healthcare: Obama Care is not health care, it merely subsidizes large (insurance) corporations. Medical care should be affordable as it was before the insane number of lawsuits against doctors. Family doctors used to know you from birth until death. They knew your family and your weaknesses. They coached you on taking care of your body by eating right and exercising. Today, you are lucky if the doctor knows your name.
Education: Our education system has been failing for years. It is time to look back and find out why we were the most educated country in the world during the early part of the last century. I think it’s time to keep all education dollars here at home. It’s time to look at charter schools and homeschooling programs.
Fracking: I believe this is a personal property issue and should be handled on the local level. For someone living in the middle of the city to dictate the uses of property they do not own is nothing less than theft of that property. Those who live in the immediate area should have a voice. If a person uses his property to cause harm to a neighbor the neighbor should have the right to sue for restitution. When the government fines a polluter, the government makes money and those who have been harmed are left in need.
Water Rights: This is the area I am least familiar. I will always side with property rights when I can. Some of our water laws are older than our State, over 140 years old. Denver and the front range cities have been using far more water over the past 20 years and the eastern farms are hurting. I hope to learn more about this issue over the next few months.
Regarding eastern SD29: Personal property rights including Fracking/Mineral/Water Rights
Small towns often struggle because government ties their hands. City laws and rural laws should be different because they must meet different needs. I would advocate less state laws and let counties and municipalities decide what works best for them.
Source: Interview question from Rachel Sapin, Aurora Sentinel, June 14, 2016
I'm a passionate advocate for personal liberty and fiscal responsibility.