Payne: The Broncos aren’t losers and neither are we |

Payne: The Broncos aren’t losers and neither are we

Time to get off the sidelines

I’ve recently received dozens of condolences from my out-of-state family, friends and colleagues who know the extent of my Broncos fantasia! Interestingly, the stunning emptiness that I felt reminded me of a much more significant loss, when I realized that Mitt Romney really wasn’t going to be our 46th president. Having attended a rally for Romney in Denver just days before the election, I was completely taken back as I watched the election results in a Chicago hotel room around the corner from an Obamania Jumbotron. At least with the Broncos loss, the silver lining is the enjoyment and pride of the 15-4 season, Manning’s MVP and the real possibility of returning even stronger next year and taking the Lombardi trophy home from Phoenix. These days I feel like I’m watching our country have a losing season, hoping that we can get some good draft picks and stop the bleeding! Obama’s intent to “transform America” is hitting home here in Summit County. We read in SDN how our mountain communities are paying the highest health-care premiums in the nation. Obamacare is only one of the failures of leadership we must address at a national level. Meanwhile, the country watches as Colorado navigates through the marijuana mayhem and grapples with gun control and hot issues like HB-13-1081, comprehensive human sexuality education for K-12. Now is our chance Summit County to emulate the Seahawks’ 12th man, get off the sidelines, get informed and take our state and country back! Right now, potential candidates are vying for the opportunity to challenge our incumbent governor, senator and representatives and even town council members. Next month caucuses will be held across the state to continue vetting the candidates and these issues. Watch for the notices in the SDN of candidate visits so you can meet and greet them face to face and make informed choices. Go to their websites, email them, ask them questions. This is not the off-season! Pay attention Summit County and maybe we can take our county, state and country back! Loss is painful, but it can trigger inspiration, commitment and energy. The Broncos aren’t losers and neither are we.

Garnett Payne


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