A small faction of La Plata County Democrats decided to use the Herald's Opinion section (Feb. 28) as a platform for
their petty partisan battle with Commissioner Joelle Riddle, who left the Democratic Party last year and now is
They are angry Riddle thinks for herself, studies issues and votes in the best interest of all residents of La Plata
County, instead of kowtowing to party leadership. They call her current lawsuit to overturn inequity in election law as
self-serving" and ask us to be outraged that the county is spending thousands of dollars to defend the lawsuit.
The county chose to defend the lawsuit. Let me repeat: That money did not have to be expended. Perhaps voters should
ask commissioners Wally White and Kellie Hotter and County Clerk Linda Daly why they decided to pursue the lawsuit.
What does La Plata County have to gain in not having a more equitable system for independents to gain ballot
An editorial in The Denver Post recently stated: Restrictions should be the same for all groups, whether they be major
players or the growing number of people who feel disenfranchised and are choosing to eschew political parties
More than 40 percent of Americans are unaffiliated voters because they feel disenfranchised from the two major
political parties and are sick and tired of partisan politics. The crafters of the letter against Riddle in the Feb. 28
paper provide a perfect example of how the parties are failing us - by ignoring real issues and instead confusing and
inciting the electorate with personal grudges.
Andrew Dougherty, Durango