Plunging into partisanship...
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The pot has now declared the kettle black. Talk about government interference with local issues. Our tin-foil hat Republicans want to outlaw — that word is not a mistake — they want to outlaw Grand County’s form of government that was chosen by we the people and reaffirmed several times.

The level of hypocrisy is stunning. Lynn Jackson calls non-partisan politics, term limits and recall provisions a “goofy little system.” The vast majority of Grand County citizens beg to differ. Ours is easily the best, and the most democratic and representative system in the state. After Grand County pioneered the system several other counties, including Salt Lake County followed suit. Apparently there is no longer a place for true choice, individual merit over stupid ideology and actual chance for positive change in Utah politics.

My wife served on the goofy non-partisan, term-limited council for eight years. Under her leadership the county was able to secure the property for Moab Regional Hospital. She spearheaded the development of the senior center, nursing home and soon-to-be-built senior housing. She was instrumental in securing the legislation to move “the pile,” that wonderful, destructive and cancerous legacy of the drillers and diggers. She has actual skills and used them for the benefit of the citizens of Grand County. After a whole lot of work for no personal benefit — Joette was grateful for term limits.

Under the proposed change, Grand County would plunge headlong into a partisan caucus system, which is unrepresentative, possibly illegal, and now failing statewide. Jeramy Day, the Republican Party chair, apparently believes the citizens of Grand County are incapable of governing themselves without the ham-fisted guidance of red elephants. Do you really want to return to the bad old days with a gang of three self-interested politicians who could care less what you think and want?

It’s a black day in the State of Utah and Grand County, proving once again, as if any proof were necessary, that there is no limit to the arrogance and hubris of the rulers in Utah’s one-party, banana republic form of government.

—Steve Russell

Moab

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