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Emails show residents were overwhelmingly against Labrador health board appointment – KTVB.com

Posted: January 30, 2021 at 11:48 am


Chapter one: In support of Labrador

I am writing to thank you for the appointment of Raul Labrador.

I just wanted to reach out to take a moment to say thank you for appointing Raul Labrador to the Central Health District Board. I am so thankful to have a new member on the board that will listen to what the constituents want. I truly wish to show my gratitude for your choice in Raul Labrador. Keep up the good work! Thank you, Meridian, ID

Thank you for taking the side of Liberty. This was a great decision. NEVER back down.

Thank you for the appointment of Raul Labrador to the Central Health District Board. He will be a strong voice for reason and in supporting our Constitutional rights.

Thank you Mr Davidson and Mr Beck as well.

Raul Labrador would be an incredible asset to your board, and I heartily recommend you accept him as the Ada County representative. His experience is invaluable.

'I believe he will be a positive addition to the board'

Thank you for appointing Raul Labrador to the Ada County Central District Health Board. I believe he will be a positive addition to the board providing valued insight and perspective into the medical and health issues that we are dealing with in this season. Please accept this brief letter as a showing of my gratitude for appointing him.

As a resident of Meridian and Ada County, I want to thank you for making the appointment of Raul Labrador. At this time we are in real need of common sense leadership and not someone pushing an ideology.

I want to say thank you for appointing Raul Labrador to the Central District Health Board. As a lawyer and former Legislator, Raul Labrador can lead Central District Health with a balance of trying to be safe but not removing our rights to provide for our families. We need someone like that to help lead in the Covid-19 healthcare crisis. I hope he is everything I expect him to be. Thanks again for acting in the best interest of your ADA County constituency.

Thank you for your hard work.

I want to personally thank you for choosing Raul Labrador to be on the board of CDH. I feel this is a way to have "checks and balances" in an entity that was not elected to have power but legally does have power. I fully support that health and safety need to be a priority but not with the removal of liberties, which have been under seize. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK FOR THE PEOPLE!

I have seen the worse of COVID-19, yes, the death of a close acquaintance, but more so the damage caused from governments over reaction, over reaching, closure of schools and unemployed non-essential workers and other noneffective, or negative effective mandates. We need COMMON SENSE on the board of CDH, please seat Raul Labrador. Acknowledgement of receipt is appreciated.

I fully support the appointment of Raul Labrador, the CDH desperately needs someone like that on the board.

Thanks for supporting him,

Ill be watching for the outcome of your Tuesday meeting.

Taking away rights is not the solution. It breeds distrust and makes the citizens adversaries against the CDH in fighting a pandemic. Showing both sides of a controversial issue and allowing citizens to make informed decisions to protect themselves and their families. The CDH needs to begin being honest with the public and begin to rebuild trust. If they want the citizens to follow guidelines the CDH needs to prove trustworthy.

Discussions with friends in the health industry reveal to me that this whole Covid event is overblown! Health professions feel the masks do nothing to prevent Covid.

Workers in stores and restaurants are fed up with wearing masks. My food servers touch their masks to adjustment them more while taking my order than I have ever seen anyone touch their faces while taking my order without a mask - pre mandate. Talk about spreading germs!

Add Raul Labrador get a sound balance - stop thinking of all the federal money you will get for mandates and lockdowns and covid reports and let us work and thrive as a community. Emotional spirits are down, suicides are up, domestic violence is up, teen suicide is up, alcoholism is up, all due to this ridiculous fear of nothing more than a flu!

Boise Shopper when not locked down

I am writing to express my extreme gratitude about the appointment of Raul Labrador to the Central Health District. We so desperately need freedom minded, constitution loving patriots in leadership!

'I don't want yet another epidemiologist to tell me what is best regarding the covid epidemic'

I have personally been treated by Dr Blue and think he's a great doctor. However, the purpose of the CDH board is not to provide medical expertise, it is to represent the people of Ada County. While the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic is certainly concerning, the board needs to take a more rounded approach to public health and consider the many facets and impacts of potential CDH orders and recommendations.

I've already taken issue with the decisions of the CDH board many times recently because the board has not taken the entirety of the impact to public health into consideration. Domestic violence and neglect is down (it is not, it's just being underreported). A child in my 12 year old's class commit suicide last week. Suicides, especially amongst the very young, are a huge concern that isn't being addressed at all.

I don't want yet another epidemiologist to tell me what is best regarding the covid epidemic. They are only looking at one small aspect of how this disease is effecting our community. I want a person who represents the people of Ada County and who can take account of all the potential factors and to whom CDH epidemiologists and health officials may offer information so they may make informed recommendations.

Please support Raul Labrador in serving on the CDH board. Thank you.

I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank you for appointing Mr. Labrador to the CDH Board. I believe that he is a good choice for the position given his experience and am confident that he will provide sound leadership while balancing our liberties and upholding the constitution. I believe he will lead us in the right direction in dealing with COVID-19 and trust his sound judgement. Thank you for taking swift action to fill the vacancy and for leading us in the right direction.

Please vote YES on Raul Labrador! My family, along with many others, would appreciate him being appointed to the Board of Central District Health. He is a far better candidate to represent our community!

As a proud Idahoan of over 30 years I want to thank you for the appointment of Raul Labrador. He will make a great addition to the commissioners.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my opinion.

As an Ada county resident, taxpayer, and voter, I would like it to be known that I firmly support Raul Labrador's appointment to the Board of Central District Health.

I respectfully ask that you place Mr. Labrador on the CDH committee. Idahoans deserve a common sense approach to COVID. It is astounding to me that the CDH board recently had a meeting where they actually stated they were "worried what the bad legislators" would do to CDH and their decisions this session. CDH in ADA county also stated they were going to pay a lobbysit $5,000 a month for three months in order to have the ear of those in session right now. They outwardly said they contaced an attorney to use PUBLIC funds to hire a lobbyist. This does not seem to be very conducive in what our CDH should be focusing on. It seems to me CDH is "scared" their powers and over reach to Idahoans is coming to an end and they do not want that. This is also something that should be looked into...health districts receive MILLIONS of federal and state funding...they should NOT be allowed to take my tax paying money to pay for more overreach and power in Idaho then they already have.

Again, I would like a sensible mind and approach to be on this CDH board. We don't need more government control.

I just want to send you support of your decision to appoint Mr. Labrador to the district Health Board. Proper representation of a districts citizens is paramount, even at lower levels of government just as important as the positions garnering headlines.

Thank you for appointing Raul labrador to the Central District Health Board. We are grateful to have such a compassionate and courageous public servant on board.

I support the appointment of Raul Labrador to your board.

Just wanted to say that I support the appointment of Raul Labrador!

And going forward- Please continue to support medical freedom and self governance.

Thank you for the appointment of Raul Labrador. I am writing to show my gratitude for the choice on Central Health District Board. It is nice to see a member who believes in the rights of the people of Idaho and not the Pharma industry.

Thank you again for your leadership and commitment to acting in the best interest of Ada County residents,

I would like to tell you thank you for your appointment of Raul Labrador. As a resident of Star I am thankful there is someone who will uphold my constitutional rights.

As an eagle resident and small business owner I'd like to thank you for the appointment of Raul Labrador to the board. I looked at his history and I believe he is a great fit for the position and has some unique perspective on the situation here. Not just for the people of Ada County but for the small businesses as well. I look forward to how you can help us all this year.

Thank you for appointing Raul Labrador, who has proven to be a reliable ally for all people of Idaho. He is fair, honest and well respected by myself, everyone I know.

I am writing tonight to thank you for your recent appointment of Raul Labrador to the Central District Health Board. Raul Labrador is extremely qualified to lead Central District Health back to a proper balance of maintaining our liberties in alignment with the Constitution, while still finding ways to manage Covid-19. I feel so encouraged and excited by the new direction of the Ada County Commissioners and look forward to see how you will work to make Ada County great again. Thank you again for your leadership and commitment to act in the best interest of all Ada County residents.

Just a quick not to say thank you for appointing Mr. Labrador to the Central District Health Board. His background should provide some broad knowledge and good decision making skills to the board Thanks for serving!!

Just writing to personally thank you for appointing Raul Labrador to the CDH board. It's clear that Ada County needs broader representation for small businesses and the Constitutional rights of its citizens. The decisions of the CDH do not exist in a vacuum. Their decisions so far have focused on a narrow scope while the consequences have been broad. That kind of tunnel vision is detrimental to our county. Labrador will be a great addition to the board.

I am a Meridian resident and I would like to thank you for the appointment of Raul Labrador.

We have been under tyranny under Lachiando and look forward to moving in the direction of freedom and personal responsibility.

I have been in the health industry for more than 30 years and its time to let the patients and parents make their own informed medical decisions. Not a health board making mandates.

Im writing to again show my gratitude for the choice of appointing Raul Labrador.

Thanks so much for the appointment of Raul Labrador to the Central District Health Board. His commitment to the Constitution and the citizens of Ada County for defending our freedom and health are very important.

I want Raul Labrador on the CDH board.

I hope this email finds you very well. I would simply like to inform you of my support of Raul Labrador for the appointment to the Central District Health Board. I encourage you to vote him into this appointment. He is great for the job.

I am happy with the appointment of Raul Labrador to the board of Central District Health. Please do not allow the Idaho Statesman's nasty article attacking you for your appointment of Mr. Labrador sway your original decision.

I am writing today to express my gratitude for your recent appointment of Raul Labrador to the Central District Health Board. As a lawyer and former Legislator, Raul Labrador is uniquely qualified to lead Central District Health back to a proper balance of maintaining our liberties in alignment with the Constitution, while still identifying ways to manage the Covid-19 healthcare crisis. I am encouraged by the new direction of the Ada County Commissioners and their quick response to filling a Board vacancy.

Thank you again for your leadership and commitment to acting in the best interest of Ada County residents,

On behalf of my family, today we express our gratitude for your recent appointment of Raul Labrador to the CDH Board. I am encouraged by the new direction of the Ada County Commissioners and their quick response to filling a Board vacancy.

Mr. Labradors qualifications as an attorney and former Legislator provide a balance to lead the Central District Health Board back to maintaining our liberties in alignment with the Constitution and the will of the citizens CDHD serves. It is important to continue identifying ways to manage the Covid-19 healthcare crisis but with equal voices from throughout the communities.

Thank you again for your leadership and commitment to acting in the best interest of Ada County residents.

I am writing today to express my gratitude for your recent appointment of Raul Labrador to the Central District Health Board. As a lawyer and former Legislator, Raul Labrador is uniquely qualified to lead Central District Health back to a proper balance of maintaining our liberties in alignment with the Constitution, while still identifying ways to manage the Covid19 healthcare crisis. I am encouraged by the new direction of the Ada County Commissioners and their quick response to filling a Board vacancy. Thank you again for your leadership and commitment to acting in the best interest of Ada County residents,

I am writing this email to say thank-you for appointing Raul Labrador to the Central District Health Board. His education and roots to Idaho make him a perfect Board Member for CDH in ADA County. I am hopeful in keeping the integrity of the largest county in our state, with your choice in filling this position.

Again, thank-you for your selection.

I am writing today to express my gratitude for your recent appointment of Raul Labrador to the Central District Health Board. As a lawyer and former Legislator, Raul Labrador is uniquely qualified to lead Central District Health back to a proper balance of maintaining our liberties in alignment with the Constitution, while still identifying ways to manage the Covid-19 healthcare crisis. I am encouraged by the new direction of the Ada County Commissioners and their quick response to filling a Board vacancy.

Thank you again for your leadership and commitment to acting in the best interest of Ada County residents,

I just wanted to write in and say thank you for appointing Raul Labrador to the CDH board. I believe he will represent the people well.

I am writing today to express my gratitude for your recent appointment of Raul Labrador to the Central District Health Board. As a lawyer and former Legislator, Raul Labrador is uniquely qualified to lead Central District Health back to a proper balance of maintaining our liberties in alignment with the Constitution, while still identifying ways to manage the Covid19 healthcare crisis. I am encouraged by the new direction of the Ada County Commissioners and their quick response to filling a Board vacancy. Thank you again for your leadership and commitment to acting in the best interest of Ada County residents,

Thank you for appointing Raul Labrador to the CDC board. Because each county has a vote in decision making, it is critical to have wise representatives on this board. Diana Lachiondo acted like The Leader and tended to dominate discussions based on her personal agenda and not that of Ada County citizens. Raul Labrador knows the importance of being a representative and not be a self-appointed demagogue as Ms Lachiondo was. However, Ada County needs another pro-active voice, and Jane Young certainly is not that. Ms Young has exemplified a do-nothing position on the CDC board, and I strongly recommend that she be replaced ASAP. End her role as a a free lunch taker. Ms Youngs has done nothing for Ada County and her lack of contributions and work is sad. Please take the next step to fix the CDC problem. Plus, please work to get weighted population votes so that Ada County taxpayers stop subsidizing Boise, Elmore and Valley Counties.

I am in favor of Raul Labrador being appointed to the CDH board, thank you for taking the time to read my email!

I am writing to you concerning the replacement of Diana Laciondo on the Central District Health Board. I happen to know that last week Ada County Commissioners: Rod Beck and Ryan Davidson voted to put Raul Labrador on the Board to replace Diana Laciondo. It appears that there is considerable liberal objection to Raul Labrador and the purpose of my email is to write in support of Raul Labrador. I understand that there is a meeting tomorrow (January 19th at 10:00AM) to ensure that everything is in order and to vote or discuss the replacement of Diana Laciondo on the Board. Again, I believe Raul Labrador would do a great job in this appointment. I am so frustrated with the descent of our Nation into Leftist Liberalism and the evil that has been displayed by them all over our country and Im even more disgusted with the fact that the main stream media and bureaucratic politicians look the other way and lets them get away with it. Raul Labrador has a proven record of efforts to protect and defend the Constitution and I believe he would do a great job on this Health Board.

I would like to see Raul Labrador voted for the CDH appointment. He is a man of honor and I believe he will have balanced approach to issues and concerns of the citizens.

Thanks for Your consideration.

I fully support the appointment of Raul Labrador to the Central District Health Board.

'He knows how to work with people and come up with solutions rather than issuing edicts'

Over the years my family has had many interactions with Raul Labrador. I have found him to be a wise decision maker and a good steward of public trust. I fully support his appointment to Ada County on the Central District Health Board. Unlike the current occupant of that position he understands that the job requires an assessment of all the factors that go into making public health decisions. As a former state and U.S. Representative he understands the ramifications of his public statements and decisions. He knows how to work with people and come up with solutions rather than issuing edicts. We need that perspective representing Ada County on the board. The current occupant of that seat doesn't seem to understand the importance of public trust. On several occasions he has berated anyone who doesn't kowtow to his narrow view of what he claims is science. He has undermined his own personal credibility and the credibility of the board with his statements which have largely been unsupported by the facts. He has made numerous public statements that have caused uncertainty, chaos and unnecessary fear. Raul will not do any of that because he understands what is at stake. He understands that this board has an important role to play in the lives of every person living within its jurisdiction. There may come a time when the board will need to take strict measures. If we are ever faced with a disease similar to ebola or the bubonic plague that is both highly transmissible and deadly to every demographic group the board's decisions will become extremely important. Public trust in the board will be key. In my view, Raul can re-establish that much needed trust.

As an Idaho voter, I support Raul Labrador for the Central District Health Board. His legislative experience and common sense will be a great asset, There is already enough medical personnel there.

I'm writing to express my support for Raul Labrador and strongly encourage the Commission to appoint him to Central District Health. Having known Raul for a number of years and closely following his public service career, I'm confident he'll contribute carefully considered decisions and input to Central District Health's most sensitive and important decisions regarding the current pandemic's effect on the citizens of Ada County. I trust Raul to represent me and all citizens' best interest. Please vote to appoint him.

As a medical professional, the health of my patients and community at large is my passion and greatest concern. I am deeply concerned about the violation of the open meeting law with the appointment of Raul Labrador for the CDH board seat. The violation of open meeting laws is unacceptable any time, but especially concerning a global pandemic. Ada County deserves better. We deserve transparency and the chance to weigh in on these important matters. Respectfully, at a minimum, due to the open meeting violation, Raul Labrador should not be seated and this appointment should be opened up. Our community health is a main priority at this time, and as Ada County Commissioners you have a great responsibility to appoint a qualified person to this role during one of the biggest health crises of our time.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this letter are solely mine and do not represent the views of my employer. I am writing you to ask that you open up the process for the Central District Health board seat(s). During this unprecedented pandemic, the health of our community members will be directly impacted by the decisions of CDH. As an employee of St. Lukes hospital, I have worked in both clinical and administrative roles and seen directly how public health messaging and decision making impacts the actual health of people in our community. Public health must be protected from being politicized in Ada County. The recommendations from CDH become the communitys guiding light, and my hope is that the community may have more input in filling vacant board seats as a result. Our community needs strong, compassionate leadership on the CDH board. As a healthcare worker during this pandemic I have chatted with recently windowed women whose spouses were taken too soon from Covid-19, with ICU nurses at their breaking point, and with exasperated administrative directors trying to keep their employees taken care of. None of our decisions are made in a vacuum. Everything we do or do not do affects those around us. We are a special community in Ada County, and we need to open this board appointment process, so that we can have leadership that prioritizes community wellness over individual sovereignty that is ultimately dragging out this pandemic and halting economic recovery. I am personally disappointed at the appointment of Raul Labrador. I will remind the commission of his words as our congressman in 2017, Nobody dies because they dont have access to health care. I now speak as a daughter. My father was hospitalized in October of 2017. Once he was released, I watched his decline until his sudden (and preventable) death on December 22, 2017. We found out after he passed that he was waiting until January 1st, 2018 to go to the hospital because that is when his insurance kicked in. My father did, in fact, die due to lack of access to healthcare because it is prohibitively expensive without insurance. I have seen the barriers people face as individuals trying to keep themselves and their families healthy and well. We cannot be expected to do this alone: we do not come into this life alone, and we do not leave it alone. That is what communities are for: we take care of each other. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for your consideration of opening up the process for appointing board members to the Central District Health board.

I am a native Ada County resident as well as a physician assistant, who has been employed in our community for 14 years. I am writing in support of Dr. Sky Blue for Ada Countys representative on Central District Healths Board of Health. Dr. Blue has extensive experience in matters of public health and would be an asset to the Board of Health. Not only does he have a wide knowledge of epidemiology and infectious diseases, but he is also a calm voice who follows research and science who is highly respected in the community. This exactly the type of person who should serve on the Board of Health.

Thank you for your consideration,

Support Dr. Blue and health over politics

I am writing to express my full support for Dr. Sky Blue for the CDH board. His qualifications are clear.

I'm writing to ask you to please appoint Dr. Sky Blue, an infectious disease expert and epidemiologist, to the CDH Board. Now is no time to politicize public health decisions; you will do serious damage to how people view CDH and its policies if you choose the other candidate. Dr. Blue has significant experience in public health and will bring an important perspective to the board. Now is the time for steady, calm leadershsip.

As a registered nurse currently working at St. Lukes in Boise, the health of our community as a whole is of great concern to me. I work with high risk pregnancy patients and have seen the disastrous effects on families this pandemic has had. It is my belief that weve had more adverse outcomes due to the overall stress of our current situation and so I am very invested in who makes decisions about our health care. I write to speak of my extreme concern with the appointment of Raul Labrador for a CDH seat. He is not a medical professional and to my knowledge does not have public health expertise. This is literally an unprecedented global health crisis. You can help how soon lives can truly get back to normal by choosing someone for CDH with more knowledge about public health.

Please reconsider the appointment of Raul Labrador to the Central District Health Board. In the midst of a public health crisis, there needs to be someone with medical experience as well as knowledge of infectious diseases. I respect that neither of you chose to fill the vacant seat on the CDH Board, but a physician or scientist such a Dr. Sky Blue would be the right person for the job. We cannot let the health and safety of our community be politicized or left to chance with an inexperienced individual. An epidemiologist such as Dr. Blue brings a level of expertise that is desperately needed at time like this.

Im writing in support of Dr Blue for the CDH board. He has years of expertise in infectious disease and the calm temperament needed to see our community through this difficult time.

Mr Labrador has held elected office in the past, but has no background in healthcare to add experience to this position. He continues to affiliate with parties that deny scientific evidence and would likely bring this bias to the Health Board position.

As we head into another potential surge in COVID-19 cases because of the UK variant, we need a board member who will bring scientific evidence-based suggestions to our community. We cannot afford the social, educational and economic consequences of taking an ill-informed approach based on the opinions of those without formal training.

As a trained counselor, educator and healthcare provider, I endorse Dr Blue for a position on the Health Board.

I am writing to encourage you to select Dr. Sky Blue, an epidemiologist and non-politician, to the Central District Health Board. I find it ridiculous and unconscionable that some of you have, behind closed doors, tried to appoint Raul Labrador who said, "I have watched over the last year as unelected officials have been making decisions that affect people's lives in a most intimate way." Also, "I have been watching how decisions that are supposed to be based on science become politicized." He is exactly the things he has railed against. He also famously said, "no one ever died from lack of health care" which is a complete political lie. Labrador is unelected, is a politician, is NOT a scientist. This is obviously politicizing the appointment for the Central District Health Board. It is obvious that Labrador has been nominated to fulfill a political agenda and not because he is qualified to make community health decisions based on science. Dr. Blue is actually in the field of health, is an epidemiologist so understands the science of infectious diseases as well as other health issues. He is not a politician. Dr. Blue is clearly more qualified to contribute to CDH recommendations.

Thank you, a concerned resident from NW Boise,

Please select him for the position!

I'm writing to encourage the board confirm Dr. Sky Blye as the new CDH board member and not Raul Labrador. My concern is that Mr. Labrador is a politician first and will not have the district's best health interests in the forefront. Dr. Blue is a doctor, epidemiologist, and infectious disease expert. Those are the credentials needed for a member if a health board. I encourage the board to use common sense and keep our district's best interests and health in mind.

'He has no background in healthcare or science'

My Name is [Deleted]. I have been a resident of Ada County for 28 years and an Idaho resident nearly all of my life. I am writing this to respectfully request you appoint Dr. Sky Blue to represent Ada County on the Central District Board of Health.

The past year has been unprecedented. Not a only because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but because of the politicization of the pandemic and within the many boards of health around our state and our nation. I have thus far been confident in the CDH Board and their decision-making capabilities, even if I have not always agreed with their final decisions. The reason for this, is the confidence I have in the Ada County board members. My confidence in the board members is a direct result of their experience and expertise in matters of health and/or their willingness to listen to experts in healthcare.

Raul Labrador is a politician. And not a bipartisan politician. He has no background in healthcare or science. It would be an egregious disservice to Ada County to appoint him to the Board of Health.

I am asking you to appoint Dr. Blue based on his expertise in his field and the fact that he is not a politician. Matters of health should be decided upon by those who have the knowledge necessary to make decisions and recommendations based on their unique experiences and expertise in the field of health.

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