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Continued: New Colorado? Rural residents upset with urban neighbors say yes to secession idea

  • Article by: IVAN MORENO , Associated Press
  • Last update: November 11, 2013 - 7:18 PM

None of those proposals has made the ballots.

Not everyone in Colorado is behind the concept of secession. Six other counties that had the measure on the ballot rejected it, including Weld County, where elected officials first raised the question.

Akron resident Charles Johnson, 69, said there were many unanswered questions about how secession would work, like what the state would be called, where the capitol would be and how schools would be funded. He also didn't like the message a secession vote would send.

"The sad thing is it makes us all just look like whiners out here," said Johnson, a retired teacher and former superintendent. On a recent trip to Texas to visit family, he said it was a few minutes before relatives started questioning him about the secession movement.

Kim Weninger, 55, doesn't see it that way. "I do think that we do have to send a message to the Front Range that you aren't the only people in the state," she said.

Folks out here don't like that voters approved recreational marijuana last year. And they chafe at new restrictions on firearms, including banning magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. The gun laws only highlighted an urban versus rural divide, Weninger said.

"I have people tell me all the time that I have no reason to have a gun. Well, you know what? We have rattlesnakes in our yards. We have coyotes that get a hold of our cats. I need a weapon to protect animals, to protect myself. But somebody in Boulder is not going to understand that," she said.

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