Old Town Square got a message from a Hollywood star Saturday
Actor Robert Redford spoke Saturday in Old Town urging the Fort
Collins community to get out and vote.
“We need some balance here. We need some consistency. We need
some humanity. We need some reason. We need some common sense, and
for God’s sake we need our rights and our interests to come back to
us rather than being stolen from us,” Redford said during his
Redford was touring Colorado addressing environmental issues,
specifically land and water.
“If there is one topic that should be transcended to politics it
should be the environment,” Redford said.
Redford also said Colorado is special to him because of his
personal connection to the state. He said he grew up here and all
of his children grew up and attended Colorado schools.
Some students took advantage of the opportunity to gain another
political perspective through Redford’s appearance.
“I’m on the fence with who I am going to vote for, so this was a
nice opportunity,” said Nikki Gibbs, a junior performing arts
Colorado Rep. Angie Paccione, D-Fort Collins, recognized that
not everyone in attendance was there for political reasons.
However, exposure to political issues was unavoidable during
“There may have been some people in the audience who came
because they wanted to see Robert Redford but his message about how
important it is to protect the land, water and the environment, I
think resonates with most people,” Paccione said.
Colorado Sen. Peggy Reeves, D-Larimer County, was optimistic
about the effect of Redford’s speech.
“This energizes voters. I think you focus only the values that
he talked about,” Reeves said. “It gets everyone’s juices pumping
and gets people energized.”
Redford concluded his speech by urging Fort Collins community
members to voice their opinions.
“I think you all share with me, otherwise you wouldn’t be here
today, the knowledge that it’s certainly not going to come from the
top, or the way the top groups leads us, it has to come from the
bottom, it has to come from change,” Redford said.