Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time for a change

Editor:

The last I knew we live in a Democracy. Webster defines it as:

A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them through a system of representation.

The Dawson County Commissioners have taken their power too far. I attended  the meeting on May 6, 2014 regarding the West Glendive Sewer held by the commissioners where the premise was that the plan to rectify the West Glendive sewer problem was still up for negotiation. We recently learned that is not the case at all. The commissioners had already made a deal with the city included in the original design of the new plant to connect West Glendive to the city’s plant. The recent meetings were nothing more than an attempt to pacify the residents.

Commissioner Skillestad, unconcerned about the situation, instead took the opportunity of the gathering of many of his constituents to campaign for office. He took the time to talk about his work regarding the Keystone Pipeline instead of being honest about the sewer contract and answer the questions posed by the residents.

It is time to change that. Start taking back the power of the commissioners. Dawson County needs a commissioner who is willing to listen to the people. One who is concerned about the workings of ALL of Dawson County.

I have known Gary Kartevold for many years and he is a man of integrity. He is willing to work to open the lines of communication between the residents and the commissioners. He is aware of the problems facing Dawson County and is committed to working for the residents to rectify the situations. I have spoke to him personally and he is dedicating 100 percent of his time to the office of County Commissioner. His daughter and son-in-law reside on the ranch, as well as his wife, and they have stepped up to run the ranch so he can devote his time to the needs of the county residents. I realize at first, he will only be one vote, of the three total votes of the commissioners, but it is time Dawson County residents take a stand. Commissioner Skillestad has had 12 years to deceive and manipulate the residents and dictate the workings of the commissioners. 

Let’s change that at election time. 

Speak up Dawson County, cast your votes.

Sincerely,

Nancy Cullinan

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