Looking Down the Road to 2007
As 2007 approaches I want to take a moment to look ahead to the good things and to the concerns that all residents of Dried Salmon (Clatsop) County should pay attention to over the next year.
First, on the positive, Jeff Hazen will now be a County Commissioner. Jeff confessed that he reads this blog with his morning coffee, and that’s not why I’m saying something nice about him, (I say bad things about people who read daily as well). In reality, Jeff is a passionate person who has the ability to be objective. He did wonders for Warrenton, which seems to have fallen apart badly without his present leadership. It will be good to have new Commissioner without a “Good Ol Boy” attitude.
Also on the positive Lylla Gaebel will no longer be a commissioner, and let’s hope she doesn’t get elected to the Port Commission. In fact lets hope that no one on the port commission ever gets re-elected as well. (Bastards, rat bastards, all of them.)
Next we all need to be very concerned about LNG coming into our community. Even if you think LNG will work for you, please listen to the opposition and see what they are saying about why it won’t be good for the community. I know it’s hard to change your opinion once you have chosen to be on the LNG side, but in reality it is dangerous stuff, and they are only bringing it here so it can be piped down to California. Tijuana even refused an LNG port, that’s how bad it is. Ask yourself if you have ever been lied to by an energy company in the past. Please let your elected officials know what you are thinking after consider this industry objectively.
The next concern is the Big Box invasion. With Home Depot poised to build on what I once heard was a native burial ground; realize that nothing is sacred. Not our unique life styles, our beauty nor our natural resources. We have to be mindful that Wal*Mart is knocking at the door, and as soon as the sewer is complete in Jeffers Garden you can expect a lot of action in that direction. There are all sorts of Marts and Depots waiting in the wings to pave over farm land and marsh alike with mitigated quasi replicas where no one will ever build anyway. Ask yourself if you really need to buy that cheep crap that is made in China in the first place.
Finally, a concern that keeps rearing its ugly head and that is the Dried Salmon County District Attorneys office. If one reads the forum at Clatsop County Matters, it seems that more and more citizens are voicing their concerns over the things that the DAs office is getting involved with and has been involved in. It is so sad when the citizens lose confidence in the department in which they entrust their justice. Presently the jury pool in this community is tainted by the fact that the citizens distrust this department. This could and will throw their objectivity toward the defense because too many people are aware of the dirty tricks that the DA and his minions employ. If called for jury duty, I for one would have state my concerns and be excused from any jury because of the things I have heard about the DA’s office.
So that's it for now. Be sure to check back tomorrow for an Astoria Rust contest that we all can participate in over the next year.