Applications for the position of city council will be accepted until 5 PM and at 7 PM the public may attend as the council decides on a replacement for Kathy Hagen. Please show your support for Dian Courtright who campaigned so hard for the position and be at City Hall this evening.
In yet another example of the widening chasm between credible ethical journalism as promoted by the ONPA and pot stirring a local blogger (who is not a member of the ONPA) is now citing his OWN articles as corroboration for erroneous claims he is making! Dian has handled it on the Concerned Citizens Blog but I had to comment on it here… does he assume people are dense?
This is an extreme example of what can go wrong when a vacant public seat is filled, not by the will of the people, but left to the satisfaction of a few individuals.
As previously noted here, a local blogger is inferring a relationship between Concerned Citizens of Coquille, Dian Courtright, the mayor, Steve Britton and a council recall attempt launched in 2003 that does not exist. Eldon Rollins has written the blogger to correct the record. To (HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED): In reference to the […]
Apparently, in a bid to discredit Mayor Steve Britton and anyone who supports him, a disgruntled ex employee of The Sentinel who now runs a blog is inferring that Concerned Citizens of Coquille, a human rights advocacy group founded two years ago by Dian Courtright, had an earlier iteration that tried to recall the council. Courtright contacted the blogger to advise him that CCC had never been involved in any recall but the blogger refused to retract his statement.
As reported at the City Council Meeting on Monday, a local blogger interrupted the mayor regarding a subject currently being debated by the League of Oregon Cities about allowing bloggers into executive sessions. The blogger quoted the 1st Amendment citing freedom of the press and further declared that the ONPA would strenuously object to any exclusion of bloggers from executive sessions.
So I spoke with Jean Ivey about this who had spoken with ONPA about this very matter. Here is her response
In order to formalize the council decision to accept the next highest vote getter, the City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday to formally accept the resignation of Kathy Hagen and implement the process for accepting Dian Courtright. Council rules dating from 1985 or thereabouts suggest this process and were interpreted, broadly, by […]
So I want to take the opportunity to thank Sgt Smith of Coquille PD for handling a matter of concern quickly and professionally. Prudence requires I not discuss details but Chief Dannels, who is out of town, told me to talk with Sgt Smith who took the matter quite seriously and acted quickly. Sgt Smith stopped by the house after doing some investigation less than an hour after I spoke with him yesterday, to let me know what was going on and I am very pleased.
Coquille, alas, seems to be inhabited by a group, small perhaps, but a group nonetheless of very thin skinned individuals. Perhaps it is a genetic mutation but in keeping with the nature of such anomalies as those suffering from this inherent weakness they seek out others of their kind and band together with other members […]
Please read Councilor Kathy Hagen’s letter to the editor in the November 12, 2008 edition of The Sentinel regarding the status of her position on the Coquille City Council. Ms Hagen states …the City Charter requires elected officials to live in the city limits, therefore I am not eligible to sit on the Council. Ms […]