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North Colorado: 51st state

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Songbird, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Read something on this months ago but it's for real now that the NYT hit the scene:

  2. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Western Maryland is on it:

  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    51st? Pshaw. The State of Jefferson, on the California-Oregon border, is just about printing flags.

  4. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    And let's not forget Michigan's U.P. .... er, the state of Superior:

  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Key West scoffs at all of them.
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Their star-spangled Union Jack flutters so proud.
  7. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Eastern Washington and Oregon have nothing in common with their brethren west of the Cascades.
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    It's not going to happen, obviously. If for nothing else, they need the water. It's just a protest over everything going on. Haven't read the NYT piece, but does it mention a county in northwest Colorado wanting out and to go to Wyoming.
  9. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    From a strictly geographic standpoint I've always wondered how the eastern part of Maryland & the little sliver of peninsular Virginia didn't wind up as part of Delaware when the early states were carved out.
  10. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't that be "58th" state? We already have 57. ;)
  11. Morris816

    Morris816 Member

    As MileHigh said, it won't happen. There's simply no way for these counties to survive on their own as a state and they know it. They don't have a tax base to stand on their own and would find themselves immediately depending on the federal government to support them for everything and anything.

    I seriously doubt Moffat County will be allowed to be annexed into Wyoming, either. Colorado's state legislature would reject it and there's no guarantee Wyoming's state legislature would allow it to happen.

    The only objection of which I sympathize with the rural counties is how their schools get pushed to the side. It's typical of how it works in many states, with urban schools getting the money and rural schools getting shortchanged. With that said, watch what happens when they try to support rural schools on their tax base alone.
  12. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Well, it *could* work with lots of oil and gas drilling. It has the lowest unemployment in the state as it is. Sort of a mini-North Dakota.

    The problem comes in the vast amounts of farming in the counties. And what do you need to farm? Water. Lots of it. And where's that water going to come from? The mountains in the Rockies ... in Colorado.
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