I grew up in a small suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Zion was a quaint community with a roaring nuclear power plant industry. My younger years were spent blissfully spending the days swimming in Lake Michigan, mere feet away from the radioactive plant. This could answer a lot of questions about the quirks I have but that’s for a different story.
In my twenties, I spent a lot of time getting to know the heart of Chicago. From Wrigley to Soldier Field and all that was in between. I also got to know the politics of the City. While I mostly shrugged it off because it wasn’t affecting my day to day, I paid attention. I listened to the business owners, the people who made Chicago sing. The hustle and bustle of the city whispered of its tales, as one could hear if you stopped long enough to close your eyes and listen.
Chicago has been dubbed the Windy City but not for the reason the wind will knock you off your feet if you were holding on for dear life standing on Navy Pier. Chicago’s nickname the Windy City is because it is full of hot-aired politicians who liked to blow smoke up you know where.
When I transplanted from Chicago to Pagosa Springs, CO, going on six years ago now, you could have pushed me over with a feather if you had told me Pagosa Springs would give the Windy City a run for its pompous demagogues. Surely, I embellish, you’d think. If only I were magnifying the harsh reality.
This story begins four years into my enchanted mountain life when all I knew about Pagosa Springs – a town located within Archuleta County – was that it was the home of the world’s deepest hot springs. Where the only noise I heard at night was the bustling of the night crawlers. When the only questions were from a busy bee tourist asking at what elevation does a deer turn into an elk (true story). The hustle and bustle of dreamy adventurers blissfully unaware of the dark poets lurking behind the walls of small-town rhetoric.
Is ignorance really bliss or are we just choosing to be ignorant because…feelings?
This small town holds many secrets, and the players are vying for their place on the board.
Archuleta County has by far outplayed Chicago in the game of corruption and deceit. Perhaps they just knew the game better but WHO really holds the cards?
Corruption: 1. dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery. 2. the process by which something, typically a word or expression, is changed from its original use or meaning to one that is regarded as erroneous or debased.
After sitting through Commissioner meetings for two years, I finally came to the realization that our very own elected officials are mere marionettes, being pulled and jerked into compliance by a puppet master looming above. And it’s not We the People.
This became glaringly conspicuous when they decided “not to decide” (BoCC Makes No Decision – See it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HTpImi0EQk) if this County should stay in cahoots with a fraudulent health department nor could they move to request the immediate removal of a tyrannical health director.
Tyrannical: 1. Exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way or 2. Characteristic of tyranny; oppressive and controlling
The Board of Commissioners turned a blind eye to evidence of fraud and deception stemming from the San Juan Basin Public Health Department which, in the land of law, makes them just as guilty.
Read it here: https://horsegulchblog.com/2022/03/san-juan-basin-public-health-deceives-about-availability-of-approved-covid-19-vaccine/
Thus, condoning deceiving the very people they were elected to protect.
Like in ancient Rome, they look up at the kingpin to see if the gesture is thumbs up or down and respectively bow in submission.
The Commissioners decided that day to make no decisions on removing or staying with the joint health district. A trend I have seen far too many times.
It is noteworthy to point out that this Board consists with the bare minimum of three seats as allowed by the lovely state of Colorado. Two cozy up to outnumber one.
Incidentally, the tagline of the County Commissioner running for re-election reads “Decisions made from Integrity, Honesty and Experience”.
Integrity and honesty would be walking away from a deceitful health department.
Experience, however, shows us that it’s easier to submit to oppression rather than standing up to the kingpin in TRUTH.
Truth: The quality or state of being true.
The last two years have confirmed that Archuleta County is indeed a Good Ol’Boy Club. Ego, Money and Power.
The question remains, WHO is the kingpin.
– by Bethany Cole