To the editor:

Kudos to comments by Mr. Patrick Williams in the July 13 Times castigating Leavenworth County Commissioners Louie Klemp and Doug Smith. The commissioners were exceptionally rude and demeaning to members of the Give Me 5 group when they presented a petition with more than 3,000 signatures calling for the Give Me 5 proposal to increase the County Commission from three to five districts and five commissioners on the November 2018 general ballot.

Mr. Klemp’s and Mr. Smith’s demeanor were outrageous and an embarrassment to the citizens of Leavenworth. Mr. Klemp is often acerbic, stumbles over his words, repeats himself, bites or swallows his tongue and appears to suffer from diminished mental acuity. Mr. Smith is just rude and argumentative. Their demeanor calls into question their continuing service on the commission.