As a Douglas County resident and 100 percent disabled service-connected veteran, I have often loudly proclaimed that Douglas County honors veterans. I have also said that, after traveling the world during my 30-year military career, Douglas County is definitely one of the best places on Earth to live.
I have praised Douglas County as an ideal place for those who have defended our nation, as a place to call home and enjoy the peace and freedom they have defended and fought for. This is because of the nearby VA hospital, veteran-friendly citizens, beautiful surroundings and also the very efficient Douglas County Veterans Service Office. This office has served countless veterans and their families with the wholehearted support of our county commissioners.
The functioning of this office and the encouragement of many veteran activities has always been at the forefront of the concerns of our county commissioners. The prospect of having five inexperienced leaders at the helm of our county instead of three duly elected commissioners is very alarming to me.
During the two decades I have lived here, our commissioners have always watched our (veterans) backs. I likewise stand up for them, as they have stood up for us and will vote no on Home Rule Charter Measure 10-159. Should “Home Rule” come to be, I fear our county would suffer greatly and very quickly run aground.