Letter to the editor: Commissioners drop ball on health

Posted 5/3/21

Commissioners drop ball on health Reading County Commissioner Abe Laydon’s declaration that “this pandemic is over” (Castle Rock New Press, April 22) just reaffirmed my decision not to frequent …

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Letter to the editor: Commissioners drop ball on health

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Commissioners drop ball on health

Reading County Commissioner Abe Laydon’s declaration that “this pandemic is over” (Castle Rock New Press, April 22) just reaffirmed my decision not to frequent restaurants and other indoor venues in Douglas County. As much as I would like to support my neighborhood businesses, the commissioners have convinced me over the course of the last year that I can’t trust them to do what’s best for Douglas County residents ... or business owners. In fact, as of April 14th, Douglas County’s incidence rate was 234.1 cases per 100,000. This is the sixth highest in the state and highest in the ten Denver metro counties (KDVR Denver). And this was before the commissioners opted to lift all restrictions.

The decision to opt out of Tri-County Health Department’s gradual turning of the COVID dial will make senior citizens (those with the most disposable income) reluctant to participate in the local economy. Until the commissioners demonstrate their belief in science and their willingness to show policy deference to scientists in matters of health, businesses in Douglas County will not fully recover.

The more recent decision to fire Douglas County’s representative to the Tri-County Health board, Marsha Jaroch, just reaffirms my view that the decisions of the Douglas County commissioners are political and not based on the health and well-being of residents. This is what Ms. Jaroch got fired for suggesting, but she was right on target (reported by Elliott Wenzler of the Castle Rock News Press). Well, commissioners, I don’t work for you so you can’t fire me. You work for me and all residents of Douglas County. Start doing your job.

Kathy McKittrick

Castle Rock

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