- Eye on Media
An editorial in today’s paper seeks first to validate two reports produced by the structure and governance advisory committees and second, taking a page out of Barack Obama’s first campaign playbook, to repackage electing three candidates active in the local chamber and economic development arena as “change”. Fred Messerle, John Sweet and to a lesser degree, Melissa Cribbins can be linked directly or through their associations with the disastrous projects promoted by FONSI and SCDC and decades of irresponsible resource exploitation that benefited a handful or timber operators and devastated the local economy. The only change we can expect if these three are elected is that centralizing the power structure in Coos County through hiring an administrator and changing to five part time volunteer commissioners is that the county will find itself enmeshed in even more harebrained development schemes like the 12″ gas pipeline.
Electing candidates backed by the Coos County Alliance for Progress will result in anything but change, at least not for the better.