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Sorenson has given Delta County a black eye

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Dear Editor:

I can't imagine how big the pile of sand is that the Delta County Republican Central Committee has its collective head stuck under. Where are elected county leaders who seem to have their lips stitched up tightly? Enough is enough! The damage that Linda Sorenson has done to this county is beyond comprehension. It has nothing to do with partisan politics. It has to do with the adverse publicity she generated throughout the state and yes, even the nation, about our county and only adds to the woes we face in our declining economic future.

Then as if the mistake she made was not bad enough, she issues a statement in which she claims to be the victim of a "gotcha" internet blogger and then launches into divisive political ranting that only worsens the image of this county. This was not a humble apology nor did it express contriteness for being a party leader who made a grievous error. No, she just heaped more fuel on the fire. Then the statements to the press made by party vice chairman Vic Ullrey and treasurer Sue Whittlesey in her defense claiming she was hacked would be laughable if not so pathetic.

In case some of your readers are so mired in their complacency about what is happening in this county and why Linda did great damage, let me explain: Unless you live under a very large rock everyone is aware that in the last couple of years we have lost most of the high-paying coal mining jobs. But worse than the dollars is the loss of human resources in declining overall population and drastic decline in our schools. On a daily basis we become poorer and unfortunately older as it is the younger generations leaving and the new arrivals are mostly retirees.

In addition to the fact of being poorer and older, she gave the impression that we are a bunch of red necked hicks from the sticks -- bigots thumbing our noses at those who do not adhere to philosophy and beliefs put forth by citizens of Delta County. And because Republicans have long dominated local elective offices, it gives the impression that the hard core Republican Central Committee speaks for all of us.

As a 76-year-old lifelong registered Republican and fiscal conservative, I am totally mortified to think that Linda Sorenson is speaking for me. I, too, am very unhappy with our current U.S. administration. However, she not only needs to step down, our elected county officials need to publicly and collectively disavow what has taken place. Furthermore, those members of the Central Committee who will not vote to replace Linda also need to step down and make room for a more responsible representation of our party.

Specifically what damage did she do that causes me to take such a harsh stand? For the past two years, a large number of us have been busting our butts to come up with ideas, plans and feasibility studies to create a new economy for us and just as we reach a stage of identifying funding and implementation, we are looking like complete idiots.

We need bipartisan support from local officials, regional officials and state officials in order to accomplish what we strongly feel is a feasible chance to create a new economy that will maximize our natural resources and will mesh with DMEA fiber-to-premise internet program to make Delta County attractive to younger generations of entrepreneurs and the people they will employ. It is going to be difficult to convince regional and state elected officials to help us get this jump started with the black eye we have received. I fervently pray for a new day and a new culture for the place I have called home for 50 years.

Tom Huerkamp

Orchard City

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