Letter to the editor: Vote out GOP leaders

Posted 10/15/20

Vote out GOP leaders When I first came to Douglas County in 1990, 97% of the vote went to Republicans. Over the course of the next score of years, the Douglas County GOP sought and secured governing …

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Letter to the editor: Vote out GOP leaders

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Vote out GOP leaders

When I first came to Douglas County in 1990, 97% of the vote went to Republicans. Over the course of the next score of years, the Douglas County GOP sought and secured governing control over virtually every publicly funded entity.

What have they done with it?

Let’s take two cases: public education and public health.

Regarding the school district takeover by a slate of Republicans in 2009 (school districts are supposed to be non-partisan elections), that meant a commitment to no tax increases, no unions and a keen interest in redirecting public money to private (religious school) pockets. (Full disclosure: I was a lead plaintiff against the school board’s voucher program.) All of these were partisan, not institutional goals. As a consequence, Douglas County experienced an exodus of talented teachers and a severe loss of confidence in the institution.

Regarding public health, Douglas County Republican leadership responded to a national viral epidemic by first attacking then deciding to withdraw from Tri-County Health. Why? Because to Republicans, politics is more important than public health.

Is it just a remarkable coincidence that today, Douglas County Republicans have an ever-narrowing majority in recent election outcomes? And that, now, there are more unaffiliated voters than either Democratic or Republican voters?

The plain truth is this. The Republican Party, in Douglas County and beyond, is not only an institution destroyer. It is also a clear and present danger to the well-being of the citizens they are supposed to represent. Vote them out.

James LaRue

Castle Rock

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