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Another year of fun filled snarky news commentary and analysis is almost over and this December marks the second consecutive month that MGx has reached over 20,000 global visitors. Most visitors are from the US and 1% are classified as "addicts" and 35% as "regulars" by Quantcast. Almost 450 regulars are Oregon residents from Portland to Salem to Ashland to Brookings.
The advertising you see on MGx barely covers the cost of maintaining the website and its associated services and pays nothing towards the time and effort involved to research and report on important local issues. If each regular reader just contributed $6 this Christmas season it would pay 50% of the emergency room medical bills for my fifteen year-old daughter this year.
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"A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favor. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens." Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013
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.