The quarterly constituent forums hosted by the Board of County Commissioners are a place for lively discussion of current topics in a public venue.
The March forum included discussions on school choice options, the future of health care, and a presentation by the county sheriff on Colorado's gun initiatives.
Kathy Svenson, District 51 school board member, reported that a court decision favoring the American Civil Liberties Union against a Christian school organization in Douglas County had recently been overturned on appeal. The result, Svenson explained, may be the eventual approval of a voucher-type program that parents can use to pay tuition at Christian schools there.
Svenson said, "And why not? Christians pay taxes, too. The religion taught in our schools is secular humanism."
Delta County Memorial Hospital administrator Jason Cleckler was invited by the commissioners for a discussion on the possible impacts of health care reform on local health care providers and the hospital.
Cleckler outlined a developing scenario where the effect on smaller and rural health services could be significant and negative. While in theory health insurance will become available to all, the realities of the program could result in fewer and fewer providers willing to participate.
Many of Cleckler's concerns were detailed in a DCI story about those same issues presented to Rep. Scott Tipton visiting here last month.
In another presentation, Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee, recently elected president of the Colorado County Sheriffs Association, traveled to Denver with other sheriffs from across the state to oppose the worst of what they see in the recent round of gun control legislation proposed, and passed, by the General Assembly.
McKee's presentation was detailed in a DCI article published on March 20.
The county commissioners began holding their Constituent Forum events in 2010 at the urging of area constitutional conservatives who were also holding sessions with the Montrose County Commissioners.
Everyone is welcome at the meetings, and the agenda is wide open. There is usually a presentation on some topic by an elected official or a member of the county staff.
The BoCC has set up a schedule for the forums to be held this year. They take place on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m.
The next forum will be held at Orchard City Town Hall on June 11.
The Sept. 10 forum will take place at the Maloney House at the county fairgrounds in Hotchkiss.
The final session is scheduled for Dec. 10 at the county courthouse.blog comments powered by Disqus