Whose agenda is running Clatsop County?
Isolation from the inland might have given the powers that be a myopic view of Clatsop County's future and its citizens. It has become the dumping ground for human debris, dross, apathy, drug addicts and soon to be the holding facility for billions of gallons of liquified gas. Is this our destiny?
In Clatsop County we stand at the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, one of the most powerful hydro sources in the world. It has destroyed hundreds of ships and claimed thousands of lives. We are isolated from inland by the coastal mountains, with a road system that seems to allow for the flow of auto-traffic but not information, economic growth or hope. We have a famous bridge on a highway "going to nowhere," and go any further west and drop off the face of the flat earth!
Maybe because of our natural isolation, "others" seem to have developed a myopic view of us in that we do not care what happens in our neighborhood. First we are the dumping ground of human debris and then we are designated the dumping ground of toxic waste. Because of our training, we roll over and mutter about it into our pillows at night. We sit on our bar stools and whale into our beers. We share a hit from our pipes and talk about our favorite coach, who knew we were high but what the hell we hit the ball further and kept our mouth shut. We have been trained practically from birth to shut up, drink it up, puff it up, huff it up and forget about it ... "they're" taking care of us. "LNGs are on their way, 'They'll' take care of us, its all okay!" could be one of the mottos of our demise.
Clatsop County seems to be a dumping ground for the ambitious screwups of the Pacific Northwest. Our district attorney was dumped here after he scorned a woman in Lincoln County who had a parent with very influential political ties. His punishment was to accept the post of Clatsop County DA. He has run unopposed since being exiled here and because he has taken his penance so well he will be helped in a more influential post in the near future.
While he is not corrupt, he does not love Clatsop County and he is not looking at our future, nor our best interests. On each case he does not look at how well will these people function in our future, he sees his conviction rates. He often has people "cop" to crimes they never committed to clear his books and spends much of his time on the internet looking for his name to crop up so he can respond to the post, clear his name and promote himself. He is a publicity hound and thinks that is grand and okay, all the while leaving the daily grind of protecting Clatsop County citizens to his assistant DAs, which is why he is always after more money to increase his staff.
No lawyer runs against him because no party has approached any lawyer to do so. Even though the DA is supposed to be a non-partisan position, parties chose the man they want in the job and back him. Female lawyers who dare to run careful campaigns and win against all odds are set-up to fall hard and even end up serving time in jail, made an example of to all in the county and sending a clear signal as to what happens if you run your own campaign in Clatsop County without approval from the political powers that be. The best interests and future of the county are not in his heart and will only occur if they are inline with his agenda.
Sounding more xenophobic by the minute, we come to our local DHS-Services to Children, Adults and Families. This branch of a state agency recently hired two caseworkers from our friends to the north of us. These two caseworkers were the lead caseworkers in the in the Wenatchee, Washington sex scandal hoaxes in which they helped to remove over 60 children from their homes and charged 43 people with over 2500 acts of sexual abuse. In over 95% of the cases the charges that went to court were overturned or dismissed, in the remaining cases a plea bargain had already gone into effect and was honored. At this time over 10 million dollars in lawsuits has been awarded to the people and children who were lied about by these two caseworkers. One of the two caseworkers was even the Welfare Line Managers until she was demoted for unclear reasons. When these two royally screwed up in Wenatchee, by being caught, they were sent to Clatsop County to serve their penance. Our children's best interests are not in their hearts (which means our future is not their concern) and will only occur if it runs concurrent with their agenda.
Our health services in Clatsop County! Ah, now another delight. Two hospitals, both run as JCAHO charities by religious organizations. Columbia Memorial is a Lutheran affiliated acute care facility. The doctors which serve there are a tight knit group, which over the years have been successfully sued for questionably using the per review process in retaliation, with patients' lives disregarded as a consequence. Most doctors newly arriving in the community refuse to use Columbia Memorial hospital's testing facilities, doubting their functionality. The hospital is run by Sisters of Providence Health System another religious organization providing health care, as they see fit, to the community.
While both of these faith based hospitals are doing the community a service, it is under their agenda and as their faith dictates. Will the patient get the information that gives them the best health care or will they get the information that the faith based organization feels their understanding of God's will dictates the patient have? Is the best interest of the community being served or is it only being served as it coincides with the agenda of the only two hospitals in the area?
Many people move to the coast because of the dream of a community feel. A community does not just happen, it is carefully nurtured and if it is not cared for it is lost because of neglect. When we let the ominous "others" take over and control we deserve the life we are left to live, as they see fit.
When we read history we find that those founding fathers were often told how great Britain was, and, in essence, lump it or leave it. With the Magna Carta England was thought to be one of the most advanced and greatest nations in existence, a monarchy with a parliament. Sovereign crown with a parliament for the common man to be heard. No way could it be made better. Our nation proved them wrong.
Now, we need to kick our republic up a notch. If we want our best interests realized we have to call people in public service to account. Muttering into our own pillows each night is not going to do it. Advocating is. Chose your community. What do you consider your community to be? Your neighborhood? Your city? Your church? Advocate for it and know who it is who is supposed to be protecting it. YOU have a right to refuse to be "protected" by people who don't have your best interests at heart. Ask the attorneys in the area if they are happy with the DA and whom they would recommend to replace him. Ask DHS office manager why the Wenatchee caseworkers were hired, and if there has been a projection of how much money Clatsop County will lose once lawsuits against these two are launched. Ask the hospitals what their policies are concerning Advanced Directives, stem cell research, abortion.
Our republic was organized on the premise that a bunch of local governments would voluntarily agree to function as one government under certain conditions of mutual economic benefit and assistance. As citizens of local governments we have to take back that premise. Be concerned about who is operating within your county, city, neighborhood. Ask who, what, when, where, why and LOUDLY.
It seems it would be easy. Always be concerned about the future, and whenever and wherever possible protect your children and youth. Take an active role in their education, protect them from the predators of society, do your job as a member of your community. Put down your beer, your wine and your pipe and don't wait for someone else to build your community for you. Do it yourself and then protect it. Don't hire outsiders. Build from within.
Sometimes xenophobia is good if it is protecting those you love from an agenda that is against the best interests of your community. There is an agenda for our community. Whose agenda is it?
One of the DA's online debates link to boards.lp.findlaw.com%5E0@.ef0688b/1528
Wenatchee Caseworkers Reiman & Boggus debacle: http://www.ags.uci.edu/~dehill/witchhunt/ccla/pages/juana.htm
Columbia Memorial Hospital http://www.txcancer.org/glossary.html#j
Providence Hospital http://www.providence.org/phs/about_Providence/default.htm
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