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Parry explains luncheon, well not really

Parry explains luncheon, well not really

It is getting to where you need to wear protective gear, including a flak jacket, when daring to ask the commission a question. Having no response to an email sent to both Parry and Messerle regarding a luncheon between the pair and two city managers, Matt Winkel and Terence O’Connor I asked them to explain it at the meeting. When two commissioners form a quorum and the public is not notified there is valid reason for concern about whether the pair are discussing county business, solid waste matters perhaps.

Parry was in his usual “best defense is an offense” mode and when I asked what the nature of their business was he answered by asking me if I was going to start following them around. When I explained that Oregon government ethics rules argue that elected officials should avoid even the appearance of impropriety and that two commissioners had formed a quorum and were meeting with two other public officials Parry launched into a long explanation.

According to Parry, it was election day and he and Messerle were so exhausted after a “long” BOC meeting they decided to step out to Bandon and the Port O’ Call for lunch. Bob Main, who was not present at yesterday’s meeting, would have joined them except for his busy schedule. The pair arrived coincidentally at the same time as Bandon city manager Matt Winkel and North Bend city manager Terence O’Connor and decided to make it a foursome. Parry, falling back on his favorite topic, then asked me if I wanted to hear details of the fishing lures they discussed and told me he had talked all about it on his radio show which I have never heard. In the end I cut him off and simply asked if they were discussing any county business during this lunch and the reply was no. Throughout, Messerle just sat silently and stared at me letting Parry do all the dancing.

That Parry and Messerle are both so insensitive to the public’s perception of impropriety is disturbing enough and it is equally troubling that taxpaying citizens can’t ask a simple question and receive a simple answer. Many people volunteer time out of their day because they care about the county and like me have witnessed and lived the consequences of public complacency. Parry wastes a lot of other people’s time when he slips into what I imagine is his most sincere radio voice and begins his long winded and frequently rude monologs. Nevertheless, now you have his explanation of their Bandon power lunch.

There was plenty of other contention yesterday as well. Hard of hearing citizen Bob Arnold frequently sparred with the soft spoken and microphone shy county sounsel, Oubonh White. White didn’t handle it very well and started sparring back with flippant remarks and occasionally almost yelling into the microphone.

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When my oldest son, a Marine, left for war and crossed the border from Kuwait into Iraq in March 2003 I started writing my conscience. After two tours that young combat veteran’s mother is now an ardent peace activist and advocate for social, environmental and economic justice. MGx has matured since those early vents and ramblings and now covers relevant and important local and regional matters in addition to national and global affairs.


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3 Responses to "Parry explains luncheon, well not really"

  1. RUGullible  May 30, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Maybe he should have threatened to sue you for asking a question.

  2. magix  May 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Yeah, I see the paper is suggesting that I was suggesting a “scandal”. Well the video will show that I simply asked them what the nature of the discussion was, ie was it county business.

  3. themguys  May 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    They own this county now. They know it. They are laughing at citizens who dare to speak up. Cam The Unelected is not stable. Pretending with his soft voice, and leaning in to show interest, that he gives a rat’s arse about what the people want, he’s playing his pre-agreed role in all this. And Bob Main is absent.

    They’re all laughing at us, with good reason, they won the election, they shut down the incinerator, just like they promised Waste Connections they would, my opinion only. These people will all be repaid, just watch and see who gets the immediate jobs with WC, there will be your answer.

    Daniel reported on your nonsense yesterday Mary, he’s a good stenographer, he’s learning fast who he works for. Real professional .


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