Letter to the editor: Thomas not right for Douglas

Posted 9/24/20

Thomas not right for Douglas I have recently been surprised by the blatant disregard for truth and honesty by our county commissioner Lora Thomas. In the past few months, I have watched as she made …

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Letter to the editor: Thomas not right for Douglas

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Thomas not right for Douglas

I have recently been surprised by the blatant disregard for truth and honesty by our county commissioner Lora Thomas. In the past few months, I have watched as she made decisions based on feelings rather than science. I have also seen her post information that has no basis to facts or truth and can be labeled as false science. I have also noted Lora twist information to pass them as true.

Lora Thomas had informed the Highlands Ranch Herald that the decision to leave the Tri-County Health Department was due to the department’s decision to not listen to its director regarding a mask mandate. Now she implies that maybe the commissioners weren’t intending to leave TCHD. Why then did Lora and the other commissioners have the county’s legal department send an official notice to TCHD to end the partnership? Questions to Lora about the financial impact without loss of important services have gone unanswered. There are concerns about her disregard for facts or science and questions about who will staff the new county health department have also been ignored. I am concerned that if Lora does not listen to experts because she doesn’t agree with them, she will lack the foresight to employ the right professionals for the job.

I believe Douglas County needs leadership who will have open, honest discussions and utilize data and community input before making decisions. Lora is NOT that person.

Esther Okanlawon, FNP

Highlands Ranch

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