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May 3, 2014
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Global warming study skewed?

Global warming? I see where the media cites a report from the United Nations stating that 97 percent of “scientific experts” agree that human activity is responsible for these dangerous levels. Really? “This number stems from a 2009 online study of 10,257 “earth scientists” conducted by two researchers from the University of Illinois. They were disappointed by their initial results, so they chose to highlight the views of a subgroup of just 77 scientists, 75 of whom thought humans contributed to global warming,” Lawrence Solomon, executive director of Energy Probe, wrote in the National Post.

I have to wonder how many of these 75 are receiving some kind of government grants. That’s how they got that bloated 97 percent figure. How easy, huh?

Another 97 percent figure that isn’t reported is an independent study by the Alliance for Wise Energies Decisions. It shows that 97 percent of the computer models (Greenies’ favorite toy) attached to the U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Change overestimates the amount of carbon dioxide-induced warming. Am I an evil denier? I guess so, but I’m not alone.

Enter James Lovelock, once a leading voice of climate alarm. On an April 3 BBC TV show, he stated in part “ … they just guess. And a whole group of them meet together and encourage each other’s guesses.” Also, Patrick Moore, a Greenpeace co-founder, stated to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in February “...humans are not to blame for global warming ...” and “... there is no scientific proof of man-made global warming.” Are these (and others) deniers? Or is someone finally being honest about this farce called global warming?

Jim Nikirk


Staffing issues questioned

Our votes are important and you can make a difference in this election. It’s time for us to decide if our current assessor, Susan Acree, has really been doing her job well.

I worked in the assessor’s office for eight years and truly enjoyed my job, but left for medical reasons. I’d like to share some of my observations and beliefs.

Susan stated in the past that she works at least 60 hours per week. That sounds like dedication, right? In my opinion, however, she needs to work those hours, due to the severe lack of experienced staff currently onboard, continual changes in office methods, constant micro-management, and less than desirable employee relation traits.

Susan has experienced an extremely high turnover rate during the four years she’s held office. A substantial number of veteran and mid-term staff members have left her office. Even new hires walk away. All of this happened at a time when our unemployment rate was at a record high.

At one point, Susan became convinced our county was not paying enough and cited that fact to others within county offices. The pay and benefits excuse is just that — an excuse. Douglas County offers a decent pay scale and benefits package.

Now, think back to the election campaign that won her the position, whereby she made accusations against her opponent that proved untrue and caused a lawsuit. She was forced to issue a public apology. Is that deserving of another four-year term? I would say no.

Susan should stop focusing on collecting money from employees for wearing jeans to work and focus, instead, on providing good customer service. I urge you to join me and vote for Roger Hartman, so we may have true leadership in the office of the assessor.

Velvet Irby


Call for citizen commissioner

In the April 20 edition of The News-Review, reporter Carisa Cegavske starts the article about the county commissioner’s race with the comment, “Frontrunner Tim Freeman will need to get more than 50 percent of primary vote to avoid runoff.”

Has there been a poll that I missed? Why would this reporter presume that Mr. Freeman is the frontrunner? Just because he has raised more money and put up more signs than other candidates does not make him the frontrunner in my book. In fact, I would prefer a citizen commissioner over a professional politician. I have also signed the petition circulating that will set term limits on the county commissioner position.

Larry Bryant


Roger Hartman for assessor

I have known Roger Hartman for many years and know him to be a hard-working common sense type of individual.

Many of you might have met Roger during the 30 years he was the owner of the Sports Haus in downtown Roseburg. Out of that building, Roger was able to be one of the largest sellers of Nike shoes west of the Mississippi. He also sold ski equipment and was a ski instructor for 16 years at three Oregon Ski Resorts.

He has been a volunteer fireman and served on many committees through the years, more often than not in leadership roles. He is a strong believer in individual rights, including the right to fair and proper valuation of your property.

Roger is registered appraiser with the state of Oregon and has represented taxpayers in achieving fair and realistic valuations for years. As a past developer/contractor, Roger knows the real estate market changes and he has kept up with those changes. He knows most of the local real estate agents and considers them to be some of the best sources of information on market trends.

He is well versed on the statutes and case laws applicable property assessment in Oregon. He was requested as an instructor for an educational credit seminar put on for real estate on Measure 50.

Roger will make a great assessor and will make the changes necessary to get that office back on track and properly staffed. He will treat the public and his employees with the respect and courtesy they deserve. Join me in voting in Roger Hartman as your next assessor.

Philip Wassom


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The News-Review Updated May 3, 2014 07:09PM Published May 3, 2014 04:52PM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.