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April 16, 2014
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Guest column: This county needs common sense, not divisiveness

I’ve gone from pulling green chain to owning and operating a small logging business. I’ve been a realtor, small ranch owner, carpenter, property developer and businessman. I’ve been a jobs creator and business starter and owner for 39 of the 40 years I’ve been proud to call this county my home.

In several recent News Review issues a political ad accused me of having placed a small (nonpartisan) campaign sign on another candidate’s billboard and then putting it on private property without consent. The property owner was understandably upset, thinking I had willfully committed this inappropriate act. I immediately phoned Bill Woods after learning of this accusation. I explained that neither I, nor any of my volunteers had any knowledge of this event; and I offered an apology for any inconvenience he had experienced.

It seems in this new hysterical political environment we live in we must blame the entirety of one group or another for any real or perceived grievance.

Mr. Woods did raise the important issue of property rights.

As a veteran and home and rural property owner, I have fought to preserve these rights. I take our civil liberties and our property rights seriously.

I am no career politician, but the breadth of my experiences in this county has been extensive.

My father always said, “Son, it doesn’t matter what they say about you so long as they spell your name correctly.” And that’s about all Mr. Woods got right in his paid political ad.

What this county needs is an honest and open conversation about the ills of and remedies for this community. Not a mud bath or a phone slam poll that denigrates this person or that, but a real plan for putting our labor force back to work with living wages, and a plan for educating our children to give them the tools and skills needed to make them desirable to business and industry and the knowledge to not just be job ready, but job makers.

What we need is actual common sense, cooperation and the ability to listen, not the shrill voice of division.

Mark Vincent of Roseburg is a retired restaurateur and a candidate for Douglas County commissioner. He can be reached at

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