With an infallible nose for the preposterous, producers of "The Daily Show" sent Jason Jones to Colorado to examine the results of the John Morse recall. The show (Nov. 11) pointed out the absurdity of allowing an angry 10 percent to recall a legislator for moderate gun safety legislation fully 80 percent of the registered voters supported. Their point was that only angry voters went to the trouble to vote. SD 11 is still the heart of progressive thinking in El Paso County. Accordingly, the district needs a progressive voice. Michael Merrifield is that voice for the 80 percent.
We need Merrifield's vision, experience, passion, skills and contacts to maneuver through the next four years - to continue moving Colorado ahead. The "all government is bad government" faction has held sway in Washington since the Great Recession, and we've seen the halting, restricted, anemic results. Republicans in Congress brought the federal government to a standstill, where a good day is a day we haven't defaulted or shut down the government. Colorado has escaped the worst of the consequences. Why? We've had progressives at the helm. We need their continued protection. We need to add legislators like Michael Merrifield who understand their responsibilities and have the skills to protect the common good.
Credible and caring, Merrifield can be considered the true conservative - conserving public safety, whether the threat be from flood, fire or violence, while conserving individual rights - including GLBT rights, conserving women's reproductive rights, conserving public education (vs. corporatized education), conserving Colorado's natural assets, conserving Colorado's environment (land, air and water) from unrestrained exploitation, conserving the rights of working men and women to form unions to protect their workplace safety and earn a living wage, while conserving and nurturing local small businesses.
Michael worked with conviction and dedication in Colorado's House, passing over 90 percent of the bills he introduced while in office. As our next senator, he will hit the ground running. His experience, contacts and relationships will be of great benefit to Colorado Springs. Merrifield is the person we need for Senate District 11.
Lois Fornander is a Colorado native and retired public high school teacher. Upon retirement in 2003, she became active in local political campaigns.
Daniel Cole's response:
Claiming the John Morse-Michael Merrifield axis represents the 80 percent is comical - fitting, since the claim originated on Comedy Central. Lois Fornander's enthusiasm for leftist politicians is clearly sincere, but almost the only part of this column that isn't false (Merrifield represents the 80 percent), unsubstantiated (he is "credible and caring"), or platitudinous (he has "the skills to protect the common good"), is the list of Merrifield's policy positions. Kudos to Fornander for being so forthright in that regard. Merrifield told The Gazette that he intends to pick up where Morse left off (Oct. 28). Perhaps that could be his campaign slogan.