An open letter to my GOP friends

To the editor,

I am speaking to those decent people who I don’t know, as well as some special folk, some of whom I’ve known my whole life. Yes, you friends, you know who you are. You are some of the finest people who call La Plata County home.

We have to talk. It won’t be an easy discussion. We need to talk about democracy, citizenship, responsibility, ethics and, most of all, about decency and morality. We all know too well the disagreements we’ve had over the years, some petty, some powerful, but our friendship was never about that, it was always about decency, morality and the golden rule.

We’ve spoken of politics and sometimes it divided us. Friends can disagree and still care for one another. But I think we can agree that it’s different this time. Yes, you are getting some things you’ve wanted for a long time, but at what cost? The Republican Party is led by a man no one could call decent or moral. I guess you can look past the “locker room talk,” the Playboy bunny, the porn star. I know you too well to believe that you didn’t cry when you saw children torn from their parents on the border of the greatest country the world has ever seen. Over 500 of these kids are still separated from their parents.

And then there are the wild places in Colorado, Arizona and Utah where I’ve seen you smile at the sunsets, the rivers, the mountain lakes. I’ve laughed and smiled with you in some of the most beautiful places on earth. I know you don’t believe they should be parceled and sold, polluted and defiled. We can reduce regulation without sullying our priceless mountains and deserts. Let’s work together.

So friends, my ask is a big one, help us to restore balance, decency and morality to our country. The heart of the American experiment is at risk; the ideals, the beauty, the freedom that used to comprise American exceptionalism. Vote Democrat this November.

– Patrick Owens, Durango