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Commissioner offended

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Dear Editor:Editor’s note: This letter was originally addressed to Terry Hale from the Friday Luncheon Club.Dear Mr. Hale,Today I attended a luncheon with the Friday’s Men’s Club, also known as the Friday Luncheon, in order to hear a presentation by the three candidates for the Board of County Commissioners’ primary race among Shellie Roy, Michael Owsley and Bill Mohrman. The afternoon forum began with the telling of jokes. All jokes were of a sexual nature, but one about Teresa Heinz Kerry and Bush was especially offensive. I should have walked out then, but I did not because I did want to hear the candidates. I thought this was a professional forum, not a boys’ fraternity party. I was wrong. Perhaps there is a place for back room humor, but I am accustomed to more respect in a public forum, and the humor was lost on me. There is no place for the ridicule and insult of women. Mayor Helen Klanderud, Commissioner Shellie Roy and I were among the elected officials in the audience. I believe that all members of the public in attendance today for the purpose of hearing the candidates are entitled to an apology.On September 3, the Friday Men’s Club will host a luncheon forum for the candidates for the Board of County Commissioners election in November. Although I am a candidate, I will only attend if there are some assurances that this sort of sophomoric behavior is curtailed.Dorothea FarrisPitkin County Commissioner


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