Cheers and Jeers |

Cheers and Jeers

Daily Staff Writer

Cheers: To the state Legislature for buying Treasurer Mike Coffman’s innovative plan to boost tourism promotion. The treasurer will sell unclaimed stock shares abandoned or lost by the public that are held in a special state. The money will be securitized and the interest, about $3.7 million in the first year, will be added to tourism promotion.

Cheers: To the state Legislature for at least modifying how insurance companies can use credit scores. Debt run up through identity theft and by ex-spouses will not be counted.

Jeers: To the state Legislature for failing to deal with the state budget crisis caused by the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) and Amendment 23. The job was to put a possible solution to these conflicting constitutional amendments on the Nov. 2 ballot. Look for special section or a citizens initiative.

Cheers: To the new protocol established by Summit County police departments, the District Attorney’s Office and the Advocates for Victims of Assault. The new policy is meant to spell out who is supposed to help and how, after an assault is reported.

Jeers: To people who overload their trash cans with plastic trash bags and leave them out all night for four-legged creatures and birds to pick apart. If you have that much trash, take it to the landfill rather than polluting your neighborhood. To one Granite Street resident in Frisco, this message is particularly for you.

Cheers: To the Gore Range Anglers chapter of Trout Unlimited for winning yet another award for the Blue River restoration project. As angler Andy Gentry pointed out, the project was a true private-public partnership. The project narrowed the channel at the foot of the Dillon Dam to reflect the new realities of low water flows. The natural channel was too wide, and thus the water too shallow to be suitable fish habitat.

Jeers: Come on dog owners. Leaving your dog’s business in the middle of the paved bike path – oops, make that recreation path – is more than a little disgusting and inappropriate.

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