…Ravalli County Commissioner Suzy Foss. For ranting against abortion after saying she’d had one herself; and for then eliminating all women’s health services from a county health clinic, a clinic which doesn’t even provide abortions. Foss and her fellow Republicans eliminated all women’s health services from the county, including breast and cervical cancer screening and even birth control, which makes abortion less necessary in the first place.
Foss, who spends her time providing interviews to secession blogs, says her vote to get rid of the county’s women’s health services was grounded in her religious beliefs. Foss didn’t mention whether she spoke with any constituents who might be impacted by the service cuts. But since she’s on record saying that she gets ticked her off when voters contact her, it seems unlikely that she sought input. As the Bitterroot Star reported this spring, the Republican doesn’t like it when members of the public contact the commission to:
“bombard our emails and to protest during our meetings. While this gets lots of press it does not help your perceived agenda with us, at least not with me. It actually ticks me off and I have to fight my urge to say no on principle”
Instead, Foss says she ”talked to several preachers and that her decision rested between her and God.”
Meanwhile, fellow GOP commissioner Jeff Burrows said he “does not believe the county government should be involved in personal health care at all.”
Burrows himself runs a blog about the imminent threat posed by the “control forces” in government. For example, he believes that government immunization programs are really stealth campaigns to implant nano-chips into our brains. This is the person now in charge of making decisions about county health services in Ravalli.
It is not against the law for hypocrites and imbeciles to hold elected office in Ravalli County, and so Burrows will be commissioner for another three years. Foss is up for election in 2014. Ravalli ought to be ashamed and humiliated that these are their executive officials.