Whether the district attorney can prove McGuffin guilty beyond a reasonable doubt or not, this trial is a triumph of a mother’s will to see justice for her daughter. For the citizens who rose up to bring badly needed changes it is proof that working together, even against the inertia of an aging and disdainful city council and an unfeeling city manager, can make a difference.
Just some suggestions regarding measures 70 – 76 70 (R) Expands availability of home ownership to veterans through Oregon War Veterans Fund – YES 71 (R) Convert to annual legislative sessions – YES 72 (R) Allows exception to current $50K limit on state borrowing for State property projects – YES 73 Requires increased minimum sentences, […]
Dian has put up a good post about the local democratic process as it is enacted here in Coquille and does a handy job of fingering the usually flawed logic delivered by the Coquille equivalent to the National Enquirer. There is no need for me to elaborate on Dian’s thoughts here but I will say […]
The World and KCBY are reporting on the interview process last night to fill the seat ‘vacated’ by Kathy Hagen. However, the question has been raised since Hagen was not eligible on the day of election therefore she never won the seat and thus had no seat to ‘vacate’.
We watched the interviews last night, approximately eleven questions were asked of each candidate depending upon whether they had run for the council seat or not in the general election. One observation is that some of the candidates seemed more qualified to be councilors than those sitting, at least as regards to being alert, paying […]
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.
The council will review applications and conduct interviews for the vacant seat on Dec 15. Considering how hard Dian campaigned and that she had almost twice as many votes as the next highest vote getter I expect that if the council does not appoint Dian to the seat all hell will break loose. All three […]
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.
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 […]