Letter to the editor: Disappointed in Douglas County commissioners’ decisions

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We are residents of Highlands Ranch and parents to two young school-aged children. We decided to move to Douglas County for several reasons, including low taxes and the focus on health in this community.

We are terribly disappointed in the recent decisions of the DougCo BOCC: to opt out of a mask order and leave the Tri-County Health Department in the next year. They are ignoring health experts’ recommendations with these decisions. We trust leaders to make common-sense decisions using all available resources, especially during this global pandemic. They did not. This is unacceptable and irresponsible and we have questions:

What is the replacement plan? How much will it cost? Why will it be better for us as Douglas County residents? How can we develop an entirely new agency during the pandemic? What health-care professionals would work for this agency knowing the current board ignores experts? TCHD is one of the most cost-effective health agencies in our region, costing far less than most other Front Range agencies (see www.arapahoegov.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/10805?fileID=17662). Why would we recreate the wheel during a pandemic? For a difficult-to-assemble, more expensive wheel?

The board’s recent decisions risk our community’s health and will likely increase our costs. One person making similar points is Darien Wilson. She is a successful small business owner and understands how to make fiscally responsible decisions without sacrificing quality. We will be voting for Darien for DougCo BOCC in November.

Julie and Matt McMonagle

Highlands Ranch

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