Commissioners, remember your duty to democracy
Tuesday night, June 18, Lane County residents addressed the county commissioners on the proposed spray ban initiative and the right to local community self-government initiative (which legally authorizes citizens to write and pass laws to protect our health, safety and welfare, such as the spray ban).
Proponents of the ban told personal stories of health harms endured due to aerial herbicide spray exposure, and the science that backs up their heartbreaking stories.
Timber industry advocates refuted their claims.
The real issue here, regardless of where you stand on the practice of aerial herbicide spraying is that 15,000 county residents signed two petitions to refer these measures to the voters. If you don’t want to ban sprays, vote against the ban, but don’t suggest that the people should be denied access to the ballot box; to be the decision-makers this country so desperately needs us to be.
As a part of democratic government decision-making, the initiative system is the people’s voice. It’s how we legislate, especially when elected officials don’t listen to us.
Yes, Commissioners, it is well within your duties to refer these initiatives, so do it.
Democracy itself is at stake here.
Lucky to have reality of President Trump
The Guest Viewpoint submitted by Mr. Buchman (“Unitary Executive Theory and Congressional Subpoenas,” June 12) is pure poppycock. I suggest he go through the Constitution and just cross out all the words and phrases he doesn’t like or don’t meet his agenda.
In an alternate reality, Hillary Clinton won; we are lucky we have President Trump in this one.
I didn’t see a Guest Viewpoint for Obama’s resignation when he called the Constitution “...an old piece of parchment that needs changing.”