As I notice my major party ballot contains a write-in line for the office of Governor, I am reminded of the response of one gentleman included in the Democratic ballot for a second time in four years, that is, Mr. Kulongoski.
At a Sierra Club forum four years ago, Joe Keating posed a question of what the new governor would do to reign in the State Board of Forestry, which was then, as now, under the exclusive control of timber profiteers, with virtually no consideration given to the continuing devastation of our natural environment or to modern sustainable forestry theory. Mr. Hill's response was poor; Ms. Stein's was somewhat evasive. But it was Mr. Kulongoski who provided the truly memorable response. He claimed he could do nothing as Governor, since it is the legislature that sets the qualifications for the Board. Do Nothing. This could be Mr. Kulongoski's leadership motto. And his prediction proved true. A few feeble, unsupported gestures notwithstanding, he has governed not only by allowing our greatest natural treasures to be scraped raw by some of the most obsolete, reactionary forestry practices in North America, but by standing around funerals and military commemorations without raising objections to our victimization as part of an insane poisonous imperialism.
There is no reason to wait to vote against these spineless fools. The paper is in your hands.
Write in Joe Keating now.