Letter to the editor: Think of the kids

Posted 9/11/18

Think of the kids If Congress doesn’t act to save it, we could lose one of the best federal programs keeping kids healthy: The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF uses funds from offshore …

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Letter to the editor: Think of the kids

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Think of the kids

If Congress doesn’t act to save it, we could lose one of the best federal programs keeping kids healthy: The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

LWCF uses funds from offshore energy development — not taxes — to protect natural areas, cultural heritage and access to recreational opportunities.

With LWCF set to expire Sept. 30, moms are concerned. We depend on recreational areas to get our kids away from the omnipresent screens, run around outside, breathe fresh air, and release that seemingly endless energy. Often, we take them to local parks.

LWCF has made possible many of our playgrounds, ballparks, bike paths and soccer fields, as well as state parks, including local treasures like Cottonwood Park in Aurora, Cherry Creek Reservoirand Roxborough State Park.

Over $268 million in federal funds have been brought home to Colorado for these projects. If the program expires that means no federal funds to help maintain existing projects or help build new sports fields as our state grows, making existing ones as crowded as our roads.

Even though bipartisan legislation to permanently renew LWCF has been around for six months, Congress has not acted.

Why didn’t Reps. Coffman, Buck, or Lamborn sign onto Rep. Polis’s letter asking for a vote on that bill?  

Certainly, any parent’s priority is that their kids are healthy. We hope the priorities of their constituents would also be the priorities of the Congressmen.  

We’re counting on our representatives. So are our kids.

Jen Clanahan

Colorado Moms Know Best

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