When I read why I should vote against this proposed Home Rule measure (10-159), my head exploded. Its opponents say this is a plot hatched by “extreme environmentalists” who would abolish our gun rights, that only the state government could appoint these new commissioners who would have unbridled power, undermine this county’s conservative values, and the sheriff wouldn’t be able to do anything about it. (Does this about sum it up?)

I was furious! I almost got up, hopping up and down like a madman. I wanted to find the proponents’ secret lair and really give them what for. I then wanted to go to the courthouse and do the same thing with them for putting it on the ballot to begin with.

But (after cleaning up the mess my exploded head made), I sat back down (I’m very lazy), went online and read this measure word for word — and found nothing to support “rights being taken away."

What I did find does concern me, though. As someone who volunteers for a lot, I’m not sure putting all the headaches and responsibilities our current paid commissioners have onto the shoulders of five part-time volunteer commissioners meeting only twice a month is a good idea. This is a full-time job where the commissioners make unpopular

decisions as part of the job. Would five volunteer commissioners be really ready for all of this?

The sheriff says that the new commissioners would decide what laws he would or would not enforce and to what extent.

To be fair, the measure does allude to this, but as our current commissioners make and repeal county ordinances, isn’t this already so?

So why all the deliberate misstatements and big money against it? Are they straightforward or is something fishy? Fearful?

I love conspiracies.

Robert O’Brien

Sutherlin

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Mogie

Old tactic use fear when you don't have facts. There are a lot of gullible people out there that will believe most of what they read. Those people will cast an uneducated vote and that is sad. However you vote on this issue please make your vote an educated and informed one.

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