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Stop secession talk

Published: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The New York Times recently published an article detailing the efforts of several counties in rural Colorado, as well as Nebraska and Kansas, to form a new state, North Colorado.

The reason for this effort is unhappiness by the 300,000 or so people in this region with the largely Democratic Colorado government in Denver.

As we currently live in an era where democratic and free elections, instead of resolving issues and debates, serve as a starting point for political grievances, bloodletting and whining by whichever group or side is on the losing end, this movement should be no surprise.

If, however, the consequence of every election is a secession movement by the losing side, our democracy will quickly devolve into anarchy.

Perhaps Crystal Lake could secede from McHenry County because Route 14 brings too many cars from the inner suburbs. Or South Street in Woodstock could secede from the city because the sewers flood too often. Or my house could secede from my street ... and on and on.

I wish the unhappy, conservative residents of the erstwhile state of North Colorado no ill will, but hope their effort to secede from Colorado is DOA. The nation’s survival may depend on it.

Todd Feigenbaum


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