There sure are a lot of people outside of Colorado watching what’s going on in the Centennial State these days.
A blogger up in Washington has now weighed in. But he falls short on a few points…mainly because he has no first-hand knowledge of what’s going on in Colorado. In his first paragraph, he says, “I felt like it was quietly taking place”. Maybe if he were sitting in the Rocky Mountains instead of the Cascades, he would feel differently. The truth is that folks (for and against) have been meeting over the issue for months (and have been arguing for years) and there as been a lot of effort to bring mandatory licensing to Colorado. There has also been a lot of effort to kill licensing altogether. But as someone who is actually here in Colorado, I can promise this: Nothing here is happening “quietly”.
The Washington blogger then goes on to say that he believes that the voluntary licensing program was a gateway to mandatory licensing. That just shows how uninformed he is. The voluntary licensing program was never intended to be a gateway to mandatory, otherwise it would have been written into the law. Makes me wonder who he has been talking to. There’s only one group that believes that, and its the group that opposes any kind of PI license.
I will agree with the Washington blogger that licensing has but one purpose, and that is to provide some consumer protection. That’s the only reason to have it.
I’ll also agree with him that this concept of having different levels of license is a bad idea. It’s more than bad. It’s idiotic. It is plain silly to think that just because a PI has more “experience” than the next PI, he (or she) is any better. I’m not sure who (or what group) is driving this whole “experience” factor, but they ought to have their heads examined. The more I read that portion of SB133, I just shake my head.
But what I most agree with is how the blogger says that “…I think that those who had influence on this bill were thinking a bit more about themselves and that reflects in the different levels of licensing.” Yes, there is a LOT of personal politics going on here. But did you seriously think there wouldn’t be? Its personal on all sides of this issue.
I understand why the blogger feels the need to pontificate from Washington. Blogging is great for exposure and web ranking (SEO). And, after all, we all have the right of free speech (although I intentionally write this under an assumed name because of the grief I will get from several sides).
But the point of this article is to say this: If you aren’t a Colorado PI and actually involved in this issue, you should maybe just stick to your own local politics and quit trying to tell other people how to run their own affairs. Because you have no idea what’s going on in Colorado unless you’re here. And by giving advice on things that you only have half the information on…you’re not helping.