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Time to step up our game

Time to step up our game

There is a touching story about a dying astronaut who plans to spend his remaining time on earth fighting global warming for his only grandchild. Piers Sellers visited the International Space Station three times and took twice as many spacewalks. His extraterrestrial perspective coupled with his science background helped him recognize how “climate change is […]

What we should expect from another four years of Main

What we should expect from another four years of Main

Time for a little mea culpa.  Eight years ago,  of the two choices available, I considered Bob Main the most likely candidate to represent the populist view. The county’s assessor at the time, I even felt Main might be slightly more reasonable when it came to exploitation of the environment. Of course, he was running against […]

Here’s what’s wrong with the BOC’s latest treasurer scheme

Here’s what’s wrong with the BOC’s latest treasurer scheme

Commissioner John Sweet bristles whenever anyone dares to note the similarities between the newly created position of finance director and a county administrator. The latter, as everyone will remember, was brought before the voters in 2012 asking whether the county should transition to an administrator model of government and soundly defeated. Nevertheless, the local oligarchy […]

Coos County has no progressive representation on the board

Coos County has no progressive representation on the board

Coos County’s progressive community has absolutely no representation on the county commission. Discussing the merits of participating in a class action lawsuit proposed by Linn County against the State of Oregon, the commissioners made it clear that nature only has value when it has been extracted and converted into a smartphone or a two-by-four.  After […]