Democracy works by majority rule
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I have never felt compelled to write a letter to the editor to criticize any political party. I am an independent and try to avoid partisan asides. My letters usually aim at official behaviors or overall public discourse regarding policy considerations or actions. We have now, against our will been politically manipulated and bullied into the partisan arena, so here goes.

Proud Republican Council Member Curtis Wells and party leadership want us to believe they have begun to fix what they say is our broken county government.

Who decided it was broken?

In the past, Grand County voters have chosen to remain nonpartisan.

On several different ballots, Republican Party leadership has been rebuked in their attempts to change the government back to partisan representation.

When the same Republican Party leadership sent Council Member Wells to the state legislature he obediently ignored our sovereign decisions to keep nonpartisan self-rule.

A quick civics lesson is in order: DEMOCRACY WORKS BY MAJORITY RULE. Our vote is a sovereign right guaranteed under the Constitution.

For the record, Council Member Wells and the Republican Party leadership did conspire to and did willfully rob Grand County Voters of their sovereign vote. Council Member Wells and Republican Party leadership DISRESPECTED LEGITIMATE ELECTIONS, DEMOCRACY, GRAND COUNTY VOTERS AND THE CONSTITUTION with their arrogant behavior.

Republican leadership attempted to usurp the authority of the elected county council to create a fair process to implement the required upcoming changes.

This entire unnecessary political upheaval is due to the arrogance and disrespect of Council Member Wells and his leadership that has been shown to the majority of Grand County voting residents.

When challenged at a recent meeting by Council Member Evan Clapper attributing this change of government upheaval to Council Member Wells, he responded he was “fixing a mess.”

His response is akin to an arsonist who starts a house fire, calls the fire department and then acts the hero for saving the day, all while trying to hide his book of matches

Council Member Wells never informed the rest of our council representatives regarding his activities to change our form of government. This lack of integrity and premeditated dishonesty to inform the council denied the majority of Grand County residents’ the opportunity to equal representation up-state when this new law was debated.


Remember this behavior when they come begging for money and your vote.

­–John Hartley


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