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LETTER: Blank is independent

To The Telegram: I notice with keen interest the forthcoming Douglas County Circuit Court Judge race this spring, to be decided on April 7th. By all standards, it is a nearly "once-in-a-lifetime" event for members of our legal community. If that ...

To The Telegram:

I notice with keen interest the forthcoming Douglas County Circuit Court Judge race this spring, to be decided on April 7th. By all standards, it is a nearly "once-in-a-lifetime" event for members of our legal community. If that is a given, we, as members of the Douglas County electorate, must be especially vigilant as we ponder the candidates for this prestigious office.

Let's first recognize that the office of district attorney is an elected position, not a civil service job. The current DA, Dan Blank, has served 18 years and has been elected 10 times, nine times without opposition. While I surely value the contribution that assistants to the district attorney perform, we must appreciate that the "buck" stops at Mr. Blank's desk and we have repeatedly supported his opinions by reelecting him. It is an awesome responsibility to be the deciding voice in the prosecution of the accused. Every crime is different; "cookie cutter" justice has no place in our courts. As taxpayers, we also need to be aware of the profound cost of incarceration in our penal institutions.

I have followed the career of Dan Blank since he first joined our community 20 years ago. I was impressed from the start. He has always advocated for our most vulnerable citizens, the victims of child and domestic abuse. As a high school teacher for 33 years in the Superior School District, I experienced, first hand, Dan Blank's unfettered commitment to the youth of our district.

When the "going got tough" as his and his family's welfare was endangered, he stood tall. Despite terrorizing threats and acts of vandalism against his family's home, Dan Blank continued to vigorously prosecute the "punks" that heard the siren of gang mentality and put these criminals away, where they belong. I remember seeing many, many yard signs during that horrific period saying, "Dan Blank's Family Lives Here." I had one in my rural yard just in case someone thought that this was just a city problem; it was a universal struggle between right and wrong, between the authority of our legal system to be firm but fair against those that believe in anarchy and greed.

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Dan Blank is the most worthy, trustworthy candidate in this upcoming election. And after all is said and done, he is the single most independent candidate in this election. Above all, we all need independence and fairness in our judges.

I will cast my vote on April 7th for Dan Blank, a clear thinking, very bright, and independent candidate for judge. I encourage my fellow citizens to do likewise.

-- Ric Lange,

South Range

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