“We believe there’s an attack on oil and gas,” said Colorado’s Weld County commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer. “We believe there’s an attack on agriculture. I don’t think those down in Denver understand any of it.”
Environmental policy issues between northern and southern Colorado have dug a deep divide between its citizen. Maybe even deep enough to make an entirely new state.
About 50 people attended the first meeting this Thursday. Weld County commissioners held the meeting for the public to comment on seceding from Colorado and forming the 51st state, Northern Colorado. Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, and Kit Carson county residence were also invited.
Nearly all of those attended voiced support. Weld County’s 5 commissioners hope to put the decision on November’s ballot for a vote.
“I think people, when they feel disenfranchised, when they feel that their voices are not being heard, I think that’s a problem in a representative form of government,” commissioner Sean Conway said.
The main reason for the divide is differing opinions on water, energy, and education between urban and rural residents. Elena Metro, a resident of Fort Lupton, said. “I have an issue with urbanites thinking it’s up to them to know what’s best. I don’t know what’s best for them, and I don’t think they know what’s best for me.” This division between urban and rural residents isn’t uncommon in America. City dwellers tend to be more liberal while rural and in most cases suburban residents are conservative.
Weld County’s commissioners have planned 3 more meetings to discuss forming a new state. Whether we’ll need to add 51st star to the flag is yet to be seen.