County Commissioner Joelle Riddle's politically motivated lawsuit against County Clerk Linda Daley has cost county
taxpayers $18,000 and counting. Because Riddle missed a filing deadline to appear on the
ballot as an unaffiliated" candidate she is making all of us pay. At the same time she is sitting on the board
spouting words about fiscal responsibility" and tight budget times." How hypocritical!
Her self-serving, political lawsuit, which is based entirely on a mistake she made, could cost the county as much as
$40,000 defending itself - while also paying her $72,000 salary.
To put things in perspective, so far Riddle's suit has cost taxpayers twice as much as the county budget for the
Manna Soup Kitchen, the same amount as the county's share of Housing Solutions, the Homeless Shelter or Wildlife
Services. Her lawsuit has already cost us twice as much as county funding for Living with Wildlife programs and three
times as much as the Adult Education GED program receives.
Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an unaffiliated voter in La Plata County you should be outraged by this
behavior and this expense. Enough sitting around hoping Riddle will be out of office next January; she needs to be
out of office now before she does more harm.
Commissioner Riddle should show some leadership and grace by submitting her resignation. Everyone who feels the same
should call or write her at RiddleJX@co.laplata.co.us or 382-6219.
Jan Masse, Bayfield; Christine E. Anderson, Bayfield; Denise Bohemier, Red Mesa; Margaret Cozine, Durango;
Richard Dahl, Durango; Alison Dance, Durango; Brandon Donohue, Durango; Nancy Greif, Durango; Barb Gysel, Durango;
Marilyn Leftwich, Durango; Ed Lehner, Durango; Anita Marbury, Durango; Dave Masse, Bayfield; Marilyn McCord, Vallecito; Jennifer McKigney, Durango; Ginger Richardson, Durango; George Richardson, Durango; Frank Viehman, Durango; Julie Ward, Durango and Robert Winslow, Durango