Letter to the editor: Disappointed with commissioners

Posted 9/16/20

Disappointed with commissioners In a Sept. 3 letter, Paul Moots claimed, “Lora Thomas and our Douglas County commissioners use data as their guide in exploring what’s best for our county.” Mr. …

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Letter to the editor: Disappointed with commissioners

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Disappointed with commissioners

In a Sept. 3 letter, Paul Moots claimed, “Lora Thomas and our Douglas County commissioners use data as their guide in exploring what’s best for our county.” Mr. Moots, can you point me to the commission’s report with data that justifies leaving Tri-County Health Department? I assume since they are public servants and work for DougCo residents that the commissioners have done their homework, asked for our input and filed a report.

I am particularly interested in the financial report with estimates as to how many tax dollars will be spent to establish a separate health department and what will not be funded because the money has to come from somewhere.

If as Mr. Moots stated, “The intention to transition from TCHD wasn’t a knee-jerk decision but was discussed for several years,” I can imagine there is a lengthy report.

The thing I find most shameful is Commissioner Lora Thomas’ position. She said on CBS 4, “These are just part of the growing pains that happen. Douglas County is not a toddler anymore. We’re an adult, and it’s time that we were able to provide our own services.” I’d like you to ask the 2,299 people infected with a virus that we know has long-term effects whether it’s a good idea to end a 55-year health department relationship in a pandemic. Better yet, ask loved ones of the 60 Douglas County residents who died from COVID whether the toddler county should be taking her toys and going home right now.

Gail Frances

Highlands Ranch

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