Archive for Monday, April 9, 2018

Letter to the editor: Vote them out

April 9, 2018

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To the editor:

The way the Douglas County Commissioners are handling the jail expansion question reminds me of the way President Trump is handing the wall with Mexico. “We’re going to build a beautiful wall and they are going to pay for it,” he says. Our commissioners say, “We are going to build a beautiful jail and all of the people who wanted more mental health services are going to pay for it.” What the commissioners are doing is dishonest and deceptive at best and bordering on blackmail and extortion at worst. To say that the only way we can get a mental health care facility is by voting for a jail we don’t need nor want and then to double down and say, “We will build it either way. But if you don’t vote for it, we will cut funding to key social services and raise property taxes,” tells the voters these elected officials never cared for mental health care services in Douglas County in the first place; they are merely using the worthy cause to get what they want. I’m afraid treating the voters this way, belittling our intelligence and gaslighting us, leaves us with one option only: Vote all of them out of office. We will defeat your dishonest ballot question, and then we will vote you out.

Comments

Steve Jacob 1 week, 2 days ago

"Belittling our intelligence" because we are not voting the same as you, nice.

David Reynolds 1 week, 2 days ago

Sounds to me the county is creating another serendipitous situation.

I remember when the county was in search of a new homeless shelter, and the commission bought part of a business park and described the occurrence as "Serendipity". Tax money was redirected to that purchase as well.

I wonder if the tax payers will think it's serendipity when their increased tax bills arrive for jail expansion they don't want.

Yes, the county commissioners are manipulating the voters to get what the commissioners want, not necessarily what the voters want.

Sounds like Washington, we elect people to represent us, but they end up representing themselves.

Paul Youk 1 week, 2 days ago

Policy and funding situations can be repaired over time. However, bad-faith pressuring of the community to vote for funding or be threatened for losing unrelated important community services is unacceptable.

Melinda Henderson 1 week, 2 days ago

You can't vote them all out of office at once. Only one seat is up in November.

David Reynolds 1 week, 2 days ago

Worse yet, is your stuck with the expense of the capitol investment & operational expenses, even if they are voted out.

The problem here is there is no recovery. If passed the taxpayer is stuck with the sales tax & property tax increase (not on the ballot) into perpetuity, even if the commissioners are voted out.

This is one time I agree with "Justice Matters".

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