Speaking of reasonable regulations, perhaps it's not such a stretch that Mr. Meis has displayed such disdain for those laws and regulations that cannot be selectively enforced, or that oppress the "responsible majority". He does come from the energy industry, after all.
As an ordinary citizen, Commissioner Meis has exercised his right to speak freely in protest of what he considers an unjust law, unfairly enforced. He has also exercised his right to trial before a jury of his peers. Our justice system and rule of law served its intended purpose quite well.
But as an elected public official, with approval authority over county expenditures and budget in turbulent economic times, Mr. Meis might have given due consideration to the expense of going through a trial, bringing a prosecutor in from out of town (DA Pete Hautzinger claimed a conflict exemption), and the likely lost day's wages or income to those who had to serve on the jury. And for what? A $50 fine that he should have just manned up and paid because he was in the wrong.
This episode shows Mr. Meis' true nature. In my mind it's not one that speaks well of him as a parent or a public servant. Is it any wonder why Jon Peacock might prefer a commute to Aspen than to try and get his old job back?
Have a good weekend.