by Rob Taylor
The saga of The Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge & Mosquito Preserve is continuing to unfold as the people of the Coquille Valley are learning to live with what the US Fish & Wildlife Service is calling an “acceptable amount” of mosquitoes.
Of course, there are differences of opinion on the term “acceptable.”
The officials at Bullards Beach State Park, which is next to the Bandon Marsh, released this advisory in July, “US Fish and Wildlife Service has been applying larvacide to the Bandon Marsh since early May. The larvacide has reduced the saltwater mosquito population significantly. Due to the dry conditions this year the drainage ditches at Bullards Beach have been dry for at least a month. As a result we have seen very few of our “normal” mosquitoes, but a few are present. Coos County Health Department has traps set up at the park to monitor the mosquito population.”
What is “normal” and who decides those standards based on what evidence?” Continue reading
Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate
Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests.
The second act of hypocrisy we’ve caught Senator Merkley in is the Internal Revenue Service scandal involving the targeting of groups based on their political leanings. In May 2013, Mr. Merkley called the IRS targeting of political groups “wrong and absolutely unacceptable”, but had pressured the IRS to investigate those same political groups in March 2012. What a difference a year makes! Continue reading
by Dave Fiskum
The passing of former Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh last month has prompted an outpouring of positive comments about the last Republican governor in Oregon, both for his accomplishments, as well as for the positive way he conducted himself while he held the state’s top political job.
Memories abound for me because I had the privilege of serving in the Atiyeh Administration from 1979-87, including a stint as the Governor’s press secretary.
Senator Peter Courtney captured the man well in his tribute: “Governor Vic Atiyeh was a kind and gentle man. He had a great smile and a great way of dealing with people. He was the ultimate public servant in the truest sense of the word. There was no greater role model. He led our state during the most difficult of times. He found a way to make things work when everything was going against us. He brought out the best in people by appealing to the best in each and every person. He never focused on the negative. Oregon is saying goodbye to one of its greatest statesmen and one of its most remarkable citizens.” Continue reading
Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate
Sen. Merkley Champions Medicare, Cuts It, Champions It, Then Attacks Wehby
Portland – Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests. Continue reading
by Dan Lucas
It’s been a very difficult month for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. There have been riots, looting, protests and heightened racial tensions in the wake of a police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. One thing that has surprised me has been how quickly many people, especially in the media, jumped to the assumption that the police officer acted improperly. It’s been several weeks now and no one has enough information yet to make any determination — and yet they were making that determination just days after the shooting. Running with that assumption undoubtedly made things worse in an already volatile situation. Continue reading
Joint Statement From Rep. Mike McLane And Senator Ted Ferrioli On Revenue Forecast
Salem, OR - House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) and Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) issued the following statement in response to today’s revenue forecast:
“Today’s revenue forecast is a step in the right direction for Oregon’s economic recovery, but it is by no means a full representation of Oregon’s current economic state. After losing 3,000 jobs in June, the state added only 200 jobs back in July, leaving the unemployment rate at 6.9%, one of the higher rates in the nation. Many Oregonians across the state remain unemployed or underemployed and continue to struggle supporting their families and paying their bills. Continue reading