All I can figure is that there must be incredible pressure on each and every Colorado state legislator to introduce and have their name attached to some new law.
Or else these elected politicians really have way too much time to waste down at the state capitol building.
Now, there is a second term state representative who wants to make his 9-11 obsession a holiday. We want to remember and commemorate that George W. Bush utterly failed in his duty as commander-in-chief to protect this nation on that day? ("Bin Laden determined to attack inside the U.S.") Or, we want to celebrate the horrible tragedy that resulted in seven years of assaults on the Constitution, of political fearmongering, of an unprovoked attack by our country on another nation -- all in the name of "September the eleventh." What is this guy thinking?
All Americans will carry in their hearts the grief and horror of what happened on September 11, 2001 -- we will always honor and respect the innocent that were killed and the police, fire fighters and other selfless folks who died, sacrificed and contributed on that day and the days that followed.
But holidays are generally meant to be reaffirming and positive events -- 9-11 is simply not in that category.
This state legislator needs to spend more time concerning himself with the budget crunch -- or find something else to do.
As he always does on Sept. 11, state Rep. Edward Casso, D-Thornton, spent much of the day in his living room watching the solemn memorials on television.
It had been seven years since terrorists hijacked commercial jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
"Every year there's a little less coverage," Casso said. "Every year there's a little less feeling."
At the beginning of his second term, Casso decided to take action. As the Colorado General Assembly began its session, he introduced a bill to make Sept. 11 a state holiday.
Several lawmakers across the nation have made similar recommendations, but no state has been willing to commemorate the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil.
Even the legislature in New York, where the worst casualties occurred, balked at making Sept. 11 a holiday. In 2002, that state's Assembly called for a holiday, but the Senate objected. The day officially is a day of remembrance, state offices open.
The reason is, in large part, money.
Casso, 34, said he was warned that a new holiday could cost Colorado $3 million. ... MORE