The local economy will receive no benefit whatsoever by spending the taxpayers money in Portland or elsewhere outside of the area. Perhaps also, our elected officials should explain why they do not have a buy local (when possible) program in place now.
Our county commissioners, behind our backs, give our minerals and lands to foreign companies and sovereign nations for a pittance. Think Oregon Resource Corporation, where the commissioners are not only contracting away our wealth for a pittance but have also eliminated most of their taxes, and with our tax dollars are helping to rebuild a road for them.
The timber industry continues to pressure our management agencies to sell more timber in today’s soft market. It’s not because they’ve run out of their own trees. They push for more public logging because they make huge profits from the subsidy-laden manner in which our timber is sold.
The three county commissioners — one in his first elected term, the other two brand new, not elected but appointed, inexperienced but ambitious — have a big surprise for you. These three are going to radically alter your Coos County government. Your only part is to sit down, shut up, and like it. Well — I don’t.
If the commissioners truly want more citizen involvement why don’t they schedule meetings at times and in locations that give more citizens the opportunity to attend, something that Mr. Parry said at the time of his appointment to the board was a priority for him, she also asked that the new committees meetings be scheduled at times and in locations that would allow more citizen attendance
A major weakness with State Forest timber sales is that they are routinely purchased by the same large corporations. Comparatively low award prices reflect a lack of competition which fosters collusion and price fixing. Scott Timber (Roseburg Forest Products) and Swanson, two of the largest public timber sale purchasers, were the only “qualified bidders” listed for Elkhorn. Scott bought the sale for $273.52 per MBF for the Doug-fir, the bid species, and Swanson was second at $272.88. How conveniently close!
In spite of this enormous volume of potentially available timber and soft domestic lumber market, industry is collaborating with well-paid scientists and token environmental groups to lobby for increased federal logging under the guise of “restoring forests and jobs.” The reality is that global timber corporations are exploiting the forest and people of the Northwest like a Third World resource center.
The industry is speculating on your forest the way Wall Street speculated on housing derivatives. Why should we increase logging in the public forests at a loss? Selling more public assets into a radically depressed domestic market is throwing good money after bad. It makes no sense.
It seems our County Commissioners (BOC ) don’t feel they can spend $12,000 a year of OUR money to fund the veterans’ support group SOVO which has been providing vets a stable location for contact, group meetings, etc. Our county has only 62,000 people (including children) and over 9,000 of these are vets.
Am I convinced that fraud and corruption are rampant in Coos County, absolutely. Is the governor and his staff involved, absolutely. Will the rest of the state pay for their plans, absolutely.