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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 […]

Coos County needs tax equity

Coos County needs tax equity

“If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.” Ma Joad spoke those words in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath after someone of equally modest means gave her a dime’s worth of sugar. This sentiment, unfortunately is clearly demonstrated in […]

Earth needs a New Year’s Revolution

Earth needs a New Year’s Revolution

So far in 2016 an energy expert insists Jordan Cove will very likely receive its Record of Decision and described FERC as “a rubberstamp agency”. The World reported that from the State’s perspective if the project’s application meets all criteria “it gets the permit.” A Veresen representative added brutal emphasis to these harsh realities speaking […]

US Constitution may need more than amending. A major overhaul is in order

US Constitution may need more than amending. A major overhaul is in order

Common Cause, a pro-democracy advocacy group, is ringing alarms in a recent report that extreme right-wing political groups are planning to “shred the constitution” and are calling for an Article V Constitutional Amendment Convention. Citing organizations like ALEC and Compact for America, Common Cause warns that GOP controlled states are angling for the necessary 38 […]

Final EIS is out. What now?

Final EIS is out. What now?

The FINAL EIS is out and of course finds no significant impacts from the proposed project. “We conclude that construction and operation of the Project would result in some limited adverse environmental impacts. However, most of these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of the applicants’ proposed mitigation measures and the […]

Forgive the hiatus. Here is an update

Forgive the hiatus. Here is an update

Yes, I know it has been awhile since I have posted anything. This summer I have been up to my neck working on the community rights initiative, a statewide initiative as well as getting kids enrolled in college, remodeling and earning a living. At least on the remodel front, things are starting to wind down […]

Wall dares invoke the constitution

Wall dares invoke the constitution

Having attended the Salem No-LNG export rally referenced in pro-gas booster Mark Wall’s gushing praise of America’s regulatory process a certain irony is worth pointing out. Both sides are claiming that the same regulatory agencies and rule of law will either be their salvation from unwanted fossil-fuel development or the source of success for permitting […]

Saying NO to fossil-fuels, regulatory agencies are failing us

Saying NO to fossil-fuels, regulatory agencies are failing us

There was a lot of rejoicing last week amongst anti-gas activists when the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) upheld a Clatsop County decision to deny a pipeline construction permit to Oregon LNG on five points, including public safety. Providing for the health and safety of its citizens is, after all, a primary duty […]