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LETTER: Blank has experience

To the Telegram: On April 7, we have the opportunity to do something that does not come along very often. We have the privilege to vote for a new judge. Once elected, judges in Douglas County are typically in place until retirement. This is an im...

To the Telegram:

On April 7, we have the opportunity to do something that does not come along very often. We have the privilege to vote for a new judge. Once elected, judges in Douglas County are typically in place until retirement. This is an important and difficult decision that should be given careful thought.

From the letters I've read and following the campaign, it appears that both men are good citizens, care about the community, are dedicated to their families, and have been involved in the community in different ways. Knowing this, it makes it all the more challenging to evaluate people for a position that I, and most of us, are not qualified to perform. So, how should we make this difficult decision? We should look at their experience in their related occupation and how well they have performed in it.

Before my retirement last year, I was a senior operator with a small crew underneath me. Not until I worked my way to the senior position, did I understand what it really meant to be in charge, to have to make the tough decisions, and to be the one that have to take responsibility for every crew members' actions.

Dan Blank has been that person in charge by serving as our community's district attorney for the last 18 years. During that time, he has proven himself as a leader in countless ways. His experience supervising a department that deals with complex issues is invaluable. Dan Blank was the person who was responsible for making the tough decisions and making sure that his staff got the job done right. There is a vast difference between being the person in charge and being the assistant. That difference can be described in one word, experience. Simply put, Dan Blank has the experience that counts.

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Comparing this to another situation, I ask myself, if my granddaughter was going into a life threatening surgery, which doctor's hands would I want her life in? Would I choose the experienced doctor who has been there and done it, who knows every in and out, who can see problems and head them off before they arise? Or would I choose the other doctor who has spent his career assisting the experience doctor? For me, that's an easy choice. Let's put Dan Blank's 18 years of experience as a district attorney to work for Douglas County as our next judge.

-- David Olson,

South Range

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