We are fortunate to have two people running in District 3 for county commissioner who have some qualities I wish were evident in races at state and federal levels. That said, this circumstance brings with it a problem I hope Delta County voters will take time to think about seriously. What ARE the differences between Mark Roeber, the incumbent, and Roger Bentley, the challenger? Both are men of integrity, both demonstrate good character, both are hard workers in their vocations, both seek to serve the citizens of Delta County with sincerity of intention. So how do we make this choice between them?
Here is how I have made this choice.
1. Right now, in this chaotic, and mostly lawless governmental atmosphere, I chose Roger because of his willingness to push back against the politically correct efforts of higher government, both state and federal, to affect our peaceful lives here in Delta County. Mark is quiet, not outspoken, at a time when we desperately need men and women at every level to stand on the righteous design of our state and federal constitutions. He is too contemplative for me. Roger sees clearly the threats to our economy and our very freedoms and is willing to fight, to push back against those that usurp constitutional authority. Is that the job of a county commissioner? It may not have been in the past but it sure is now.
2. I chose Roger because of the diversity of his background, a farmer, a chiropractor, an active leader in county planning for years and the constant effort he puts into securing the best interests of our citizenry here in Delta. We are having access rights to OUR land taken away by the BLM and USFS agencies that operate without any citizen oversight, and very little congressional direction. We see the EPA intruding lawlessly into our need for mineral extraction; we see the FDA placing more and more restrictions on the products our farmers and ranchers raise; we see fiascoes at the county level between the "right to farm" rules and county Specific Development rules. This list of "take-aways" by every level of government is nearly endless. I don't see Mark making even a strong vocal condemnation of this but I sure see Roger making his voice heard. Mark is a longtime rancher, maybe his views don't reach to all the people who aren't in that endeavor, but as commissioner I expect that from him and I haven't seen or heard near enough of that.
3. I chose Roger over Mark for many other reasons too many to mention here. Mainly it boils down to who will be the vocal and physical activist we citizens need right now. A position as county commissioner hasn't been that in the past; we've had several commissioners who were all too willing to "...go along to get along," and I'm through with that political process. Our nation is at a tipping point, if we don't put constitutional activists in public office at every level, starting right here with Delta County commissioners, right now, then maybe we shouldn't groan and gripe about what we have lost and are still losing of our freedoms and liberties.