Letter to the editor: Torn over jail vote

To the editor:

I am undecided over the sales tax vote. I do think we need the mental health part of it but the jail part I have doubts about.

We are told to trust the county commissioners, but I still remember the Kris Kobach building permit controversy when he got away with building his home without permits with lame excuses from our county leaders. I am a retired building contractor and know this could not have happened if any regular citizen was involved. A few years ago someone close to me saw their name in the paper as wanted for unpaid parking tickets; he went to the courthouse to pay the tickets, but they did not want the money. Instead he was taken to the county jail. I had to make arrangements to bail him out, which cost me time and money. I guess they had extra room in the jail back then. Will they start locking people up for minor offenses again when they have more room?

I saw in the paper that Americans for Prosperity are against the vote. This makes me want to not be on their side; if an organization supported by the Koch brothers with the main goal of lowering taxes for the rich is against it, it can’t be all bad. So I have not made up my mind yet even though the high sales tax on groceries is already unjustly high.


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