Stand up for conservative principles
Consider Robert Clarke’s letter to the editor expressing his dismay at Meghann Silverthorn’s appointment to the Douglas County Library Board on the basis of her “conservative principles.” Regarding his response to Alex DeWind’s Feb. 18 article “Library district’s board of trustees appoints former school board president,” first consider that he’s admittedly not a conservative. Second, he accuses Ms. Silverthorn of “destruction of the Douglas County School District.” Third, taking her appointment off the table, let’s acknowledge that Douglas County is widely considered a conservative Republican county, but that our public education system nationally and locally is regarded as liberal.
The moral of the story, i.e., Mr. Clarke’s letter, is to ban conservative principles in the public square, for example as it relates to governance of libraries, where it’s conservative principles that defend free speech and the availability of books on the list banned by the American Library Association (ALS), such as Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer.
Ask yourself, what’s wrong with conservative principles for schools when you consider the bill Democrats just passed in the House and now by a Senate committee that will require LGBTQ education for grades four through 12 for schools that teach sex education. Of course, there is no doubt Gov. Polis, who is gay, will sign it into law. So, it’s not too much of a stretch to say this is what we (conservative Douglas County) get from liberal Democrats. Teachers who don’t like pay-for-performance won’t miss Ms. Silverthorn, but parents will miss protection of individual liberties provided by conservative principles and now lost with the current liberal Douglas County School Board supported by Mr. Clarke.
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