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In order to communicate via the city’s email network, the city provides an iPad to all council members.

In order to save the taxpayers’ money, I declined to accept the city’s iPad and used my own personal iPad instead.

A couple months ago I experienced email problems that my own computer experts were unable to resolve. Since I was not getting my city email messages, I asked the city’s IT personnel for help.

When I opened my iPad for the employee there was a picture of a very scantly clan female celebrity. Although I shut the picture down immediately the employee did catch a glimpse of it.

The employee evidently felt the picture was pornographic and reported it. Since art is a subjective judgment I respect the employee’s opinion. In any case, even though the picture wasn’t pornography it was inappropriate.

I’m not going to get into a debate about art versus indecency. We all agree it was inappropriate.

Although it was on my personal iPad and it was inadvertent as Harry Truman would say “the buck stops here.”

Therefore, I take responsibility for the mishap and have publicly apologized. I have taken steps to ensure it can’t happen again. I deleted the offending picture and requested a city iPad to keep city business separate from personal business.

Since no rules were broken, no laws violated and I have apologized for the embarrassment, I will now work to get beyond this distraction and focus our attention back on the people’s business.

David Wiechman

Lakewood council member

Taking exception to gun control resolution

Two of the three Jefferson County commissioners recently agreed to send our state and federal lawmakers a resolution that purportedly represents the sentiments of the nearly 600,000 residents of Jefferson County in regard to gun control legislation.

This proposal was drafted by Commissioner Don Rosier and first presented at the commissioners’ meeting on Jan. 26. It was not linked with their meeting agenda online for citizens to review.

The Jefferson County League of Women Voters testified at the commissioners’ meeting on Feb. 5, objecting to this lack of transparency in government, the need for better accountability to residents and the importance of soliciting citizen input on such a controversial issue.

The League of Women Voters believes that limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semiautomatic weapons is necessary to protect the health and safety of citizens.

We take exception with this resolution stating that neither the U.S. Congress nor the Colorado General Assembly should entertain consideration of any new legislation for any aspect of gun control, claiming any action would infringe on Second Amendment rights.

The resolution justifies its cause by claims such as “… tyrants have recognized that a disarmed population is readily dominated,” and further claiming that gun control laws implicitly assume the guilt of lawful firearms owners.

The resolution urges Congress to reject international treaties, including those with the United Nations, which might stand in the way of restricting firearms access, sale and ownership. The resolution also cites a study from the Centers for Disease Control claiming gun control doesn’t reduce crime. We note that Congress, responding to pressure from the NRA and Gun Owners of America, forbade the CDC from receiving funding for researching gun violence in 1990, basically shutting it down.

In our opinion, this resolution – which is confrontational in nature — does not reflect the majority view of the people in our county.

As one citizen expressed in public testimony, Jefferson County is now a “purple” county, with equal representation of all party affiliations and approaches to governing, and this is a “deep red resolution.”

League objects to many parts of this resolution, especially its accusatory tone with no willingness to consider any new approaches to solving the tragic violent nature of our society.

As Commissioner Griffin said, “This resolution says we won’t listen to anything new.”

What a sad document to present to our state legislature and the U.S. Congress from our county.

Ann Taylor Roux

President of League of Women Voters of Jefferson County

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