An end-run on democracy...
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In response to Curtis Wells’ letter “Setting the Record Straight” in the April 19, 2018 issue of The Times-Independent, I would like to say the following: Yes, I really love living in an “isolated progressive utopia” in a state that is overwhelmingly controlled by the one political party and, to a great extent, one church. It’s delightfully refreshing. I love the people of Moab and greatly appreciate this welcoming community. I wish other communities in Utah were more welcoming of non-conformists.

I agree that slinging mud is not productive in a small community, and would prefer not to be labeled a “vocal, vitriol-spewing liberal” for not sharing Wells’ values or priorities. As per Wells’ write-up on the Facebook page of the Utah Republican Party, “Curtis Wells is a sixth-generation Moab resident, works in mineral exploration and mining technology and is the president of the local Sagebrush Coalition.”

He may be a “member-at-large” on the Grand County Council, but he’s representing a very specific political party and has a financial interest in developing this area for mineral extraction (instead of renewable energy sources that would create more and healthier jobs). Does he represent the people of Moab, or his own political and financial interests?

I do not subscribe to the same politics as the rest of the state. I am an independent (I know that’s hard to deal with in these partisan times.) I make up my own mind. I believe in diversity and democracy. Wells wrote that the “Grand County Democratic Party, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the Sierra Club ... are obsessed with control.”

Really? I think the shoe is on the other foot. This county is clearly a thorn in the side of the Republican Party in Utah.

Democracy is a lot of work. It’s tough. But I think it’s worth it. Doing an end-run around the political process suggests a lack of goodwill and fairness towards the people of Moab.

—Kris Westrum


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