Let’s set the record straight
I would like to clarify or correct a few items in the June 17 article about my filing to run for county commissioner.
The article made it look like I’ve changed my position regarding restoration of timber harvesting from “more needed to be done” to “continue Robertson’s efforts.” The question the reporter asked me was, “Would you continue Commissioner Robertson’s efforts to increase timber harvests?” My answer, of course, was, “Yes, I would continue with his efforts.” Why would I not want to continue with the current efforts?
I would also look at every other option available to us, including partnering with other governmental and private entities to pursue restoration of not just timber harvests in Douglas County, but also the ability to extract and utilize natural resources of all types throughout the nation. United we must stand, or divided we will surely fall.
The article also stated that I believe mental health problems stem from the lack of timber jobs. Of course the lack of a timber job, or any job for that matter, does not directly cause mental illness, but hope deferred makes the heart sick. When people have no hope for improvement from a difficult condition, such as unemployment or poverty, their spirit dies and they often turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to escape.
It’s inarguable that Douglas County’s dire economic situation, due to the loss of our economic foundation, is directly related to our high drug, spouse and child abuse rates in Douglas County. While I am not an expert in this area, it does appear to me that those who get addicted to methamphetamine do develop some mental issues — permanent or temporary, I do not know.
If anyone has a question, please call me at 541-643-6292.