Letter: ‘Tis better to quit with honor than stay in disgrace
July 14, 2015
To the Editor:
For over a year, we citizens of Grand County have dealt with the incompetence, arrogance, and outright contempt of elected and appointed officials who — when confronted with major criminal activities happening under their watch — have done nothing but try to protect their own personal interests.
We now have a sitting county commissioner charged with felonies for alleged behavior that calls into question all prior actions taken on behalf of the citizens of this county. When police officers are found committing crimes in the line of duty, all cases under their charge are brought into question. How are any of this commissioner's actions any different? What interests were really being served during water negotiations? A person allegedly willing to commit a felony for $1,500 might be pretty easy to bribe. These are things we must contemplate now.
We have a county manager who was found by a grand jury to be essentially performing no actual duties while half a million dollars disappeared under their charge — yet there they sit, gobbling up over $300 dollars of your hard-earned tax dollars in salary every single day of the year.
To the commissioner and county manager I say this: You should have resigned when the theft of county funds was first discovered. Instead, you continue on in your positions and are a disgrace to the people of Grand County. I personally would be embarrassed to show my face in public — much less continue to defend my actions — when a preponderance of evidence showed me to be either incompetent, criminal or both.
To those who would defend said behavior because of some perceived positive legacy I ask: When is it ever OK to act without virtue when working in the public interest? How many will suffer from these people's actions? How many have already suffered? If you defend said actions, you're essentially saying it's OK to break the law so long as you get what you want.
That is a dangerously slippery slope.