Colorado is a ‘cool’ state. The University of Colorado was named by Newsweek Magazine as the nation’s ultimate party school. People are healthy, alcohol abuse is low, but this is the first state that legalized recreational marijuana. There are hundreds of ‘maryjane’ stores all over the state.
In Colorado politics, as you can imagine, the heavy population centers are solid blue, the agricultural areas are red. And about the only thing that causes riots and tear gas battles is when crowds of young people are celebrating an end-of-season victory by the Broncos, the Nuggets or the Avalanche. On those nights, damage to store windows and police cars can run into the millions. A ‘cool’ state with an edge.
Our early history had an ugly side, it was the second home of the reconstituted KKK back when the Klan promised it was no longer opposed to the presence of the Negro race. Our history is checkered with 156 lynchings. Interestingly, the Klan only lasted about five or six years here before being run out of the state in the late 20s. And most of the lynchings were of white gold miners who’d gotten involved in fatal confrontations over bar girls, or the ownership of gold claims.
These days, Colorado is racially diverse and probably more tolerant than most other states. Here, we really recognize only two races, those who ski and those who don’t.
Oh, I should tell you there’s lots of population growth and private homes are being built by the hundreds of thousands. For many years, all new development has been in mandatory Homeowners Associations. As a result, we are the de facto “Homeowner Association Central” for the Western Plains. And HOA abuses here are legendary. Everything you see happening in Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Texas is happening right here in Colorado. Some of the largest embezzlements from HOAs in history were right here in the Denver area. In fact, it was here that I first started to write my book, Neighbors At War!
Since our gun laws are pretty loose, and since HOA neighborhoods are so angry, we keep waiting for the first gun violence to break out during the annual HOA meeting. It hasn’t happened yet. With our cowboy mentality, it’s only a matter of time, I suppose.
Meanwhile, I was really stunned to see a new group arise which is trying to get some common sense laws past a legislature that can sometimes do some pretty stupid things. A press release on a proposed HOA law is linked below. The proposal makes so much sense that I predict another eruption from the folks at CAI (Community Associations Institute). The CAI knows our state well, and in the past they’ve screwed up some pretty good proposed legislation.
But see if you don’t think this proposal is based on common sense.