LP Opposes Refs. C, D, and E

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LP Opposes Refs. C, D, and E

LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Colorado
"Limited Government - Individual Liberty - Personal Responsibility"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Seebeck, Public Information Director
PHONE: (719) 382-9529
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CORONERS QUALIFACTIONS IDEA DEAD ON ARRIVAL, SAYS LP

The Libertarian Party of Colorado announces its opposition to Referendum C--Qualifications for County Coroners.

"Why all the push as of late to politicize coroners?" asked John Berntson, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Colorado. "The only thing remotely political associated with the job is the ability to arrest the sheriff if necessary."

Continued Berntson, "Last time around voters voted to abolish term limits for coroners if they were certified forensic pathologists, recognizing that if they were qualified to do the job then they should be able to do it, since the office of coroner is non-political in nature. We can't understand what this obsession with making a political office out of a non-political one is all about, so why bother at all?"

"Further, there already is a private organization that trains coroners once elected. They handle this without any interference from the state, so why ruin a good thing?" pondered Berntson.

"The voters already have the option of electing a qualified individual to be coroner as many times as they wish. The voters determine their qualifications are, so why does the legislature think it needs to second-guess the voters? This idea should be DOA when the voters see it," concluded Berntson.

The Libertarian Party of Colorado advocates leaving politics out of non-political jobs so that those jobholders, like coroners, can do their jobs, and urges voters to vote NO on Referendum C.


CULL THE REAL DEADWOOD, SAYS LP

The Libertarian Party of Colorado announces its official opposition to Referendum D -- Repeal of Obsolete Constitutional Provisions.

"It's well-known that Libertarians favor less laws," remarked John Berntson, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Colorado. "But this referendum is mere symbolism. It doesn't change anything. It doesn't change the fact that there are far too many laws on the books, and it doesn't change the fact that the burden of government on the taxpayers of Colorado is still far too heavy.  We wish that the legislature had chosen to repeal some active laws instead."

"They could start by repealing CRS 38 and 39, and continue with a good chunk more," continued Berntson. CRS 38 deals with property taxation and CRS 39 deal with every other form of taxation. "But this deadwood removal is meaningless, as it only pays lip service to less government and doesn't do anything to actually reduce it. Let's see some REAL law removal instead."

The Libertarian Party of Colorado thinks that most laws are obsolete and favors a limited government instead of an overreaching one, and urges voters to put substance over rhetoric by voting NO on Referendum D.


NO MORE HOLIDAYS FOR GOVERNMENT, SAYS LP

The Libertarian Party of Colorado officially announces its opposition to Referendum E--Cesar Chavez State Holiday.

"Let's face it, folks, government is always wasteful," remarked, John Berntson, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Colorado. "Do we really need to make it even more so by rewarding that wastefulness with yet another holiday?"

The proposal would recognize Cesar Chavez Day (March 31) as a full state holiday -- the eleventh for the state.

"Most private employers don't give their employees even half of the holidays that government does," continued Berntson. "Maybe voters ought to give the legislators who proposed this ridiculous Referendum a day off. How about two years or more off, unpaid even? They can do so by voting them out of office for wasting taxpayer time and money with such frivolity."

"While we recognize that the Hispanic community may want to honor Cesar Chavez, it should not be done at taxpayer expense," concluded Berntson.

The Libertarian Party of Colorado opposes rewarding government sloth with more days off, and calls instead for government to be smaller, to better serve the people of Colorado, and urges voters to vote NO on Referendum E.

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