Democracy does not preserve freedom simply by one party claiming protection of it.
At an Aug. 19 special business meeting, Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon asked Commissioner Lora Thomas to withdraw a rule to not clap or cheer during public testimony. A key tool of democracy is open deliberation in the pursuit of understanding (not always agreement) with the goal of compromise (not conversion).
It is inconsistent to argue that government is “whittling away our freedom” as one citizen claimed, when the very government leaders supporting this idea do not show a concern for the health or experience of all their citizens, and do not ensure all voices are heard and considered.
The great irony of this debate is that the masks are not silencing those who feel most threatened by the order to wear them. It is the quiet group in this county that believes all should be done to ensure health and life are preserved that suddenly has no voice.
Jacob StauberHighlands Ranch
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