“It is a serious thing to be alive in this fresh morning in this broken world.” -- Mary Oliver
A woman wrapped in the Ukrainian flag protests in front of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, March 7, 2022. (AP photo/Phil Nijhus)
RESISTANCE, HOPE, AND CONSOLATION
"Because Ukrainians are resisting, not just on the battlefield but as a society, they console us all. Every day they act is one when we can reflect, and hope. People do have values. The world is not empty. People do find courage. There are things worth taking risks for. “ — Timothy Snyder, historian, March 14, 2022, onSubstack
WHY AUTOCRACIES FAIL
On paper, Russia, China, and other authoritarian regimes can look invincible. New York Times columnist David Brooks presents the basics of why autocracies fail. Read his full columnhere.Here are highlights:
• The wisdom of many is better than the wisdom of megalomaniacs.... • People want their biggest life.... • Organization man turns into gangster man.... • Ethnonationalism self-inebriates.... • Government against the people is a recipe for decline....
"To me, the lesson is that even when we’re confronting so-far successful autocracies like China, we should learn to be patient and trust our liberal democratic system. When we are confronting imperial aggressors like Putin, we should trust the ways we are responding now."
INCO ENDORSES PAM WEV FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Serving as a county commissioner since 2018, Pam Wev is the lone progressive on the board. She has worked hard to keep our county thriving. Though it's meant to be a part-time volunteer job, Pam has worked tirelessly to represent county residents locally and at countless state and regional meetings. INCO believes Pam is an effective public servant, and we are delighted to endorse her for re-election.
If you'd like to display a yard sign to re-elect Pam, sign uphere.Donate or volunteer at her website.
This election is May 17. Final date to register to voteis midnight, Tuesday, April 26.
COUNTY HOUSING ZOOM MEETING TOMORROW
The Clatsop County Planning Commission and the Countywide Community Advisory Committee will hold a Public joint Zoom meeting Tuesday, March 22, 9:00 to 3:00pm, to discuss a draft of Goal 10, which is Housing, for revision of the County Comprehensive Plan. Public input thus far has been sparse to non-existent, except as ably provided by the seven or so members of the CCAC. More public comment is needed on most of the Comp Plan Goal Revisions. Those interested can attend electronically -- https://co-clatsop-or-us.zoom.us/j/99442792459?pwd=NkZzRHFLMy9pZnFlbVFEMDBKcU4zUT09
The City of Astoria hosts a second open house regarding the proposed housing at Heritage Square. It is Thursday, March 24 at the Armory, 1636 Exchange, Thursday, 4:30 – 7:30. This event is not a formal presentation, but an opportunity to discuss the proposal with various people involved in designing it.
THE REPUBLICAN PLAN FOR AMERICA
"....the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Florida senator Rick Scott, has provided a blueprint for what the Republicans will do if they get a majority in the next election.... Scott promised that the Republicans “will protect, defend, and promote the American Family at all costs....The nuclear family is crucial to civilization, it is God’s design for humanity, and it must be protected and celebrated. To say otherwise is to deny science."
"The plan promises that children will say the Pledge of Allegiance and “learn that America is a great country,” they will not learn critical race theory, and discussion of race will be banned from American society. The country will build former president Trump’s border wall and name it after him.
"To protect the family, the Republican plan calls for destroying the business regulation, social safety net, federal promotion of infrastructure, and protection of civil rights that Americans have embraced since the 1930s and handing power over to the wealthy.... Republicans, the plan says, will dramatically increase taxes on Americans earning less than $100,000, raising $1 trillion over ten years, although since they will also cut the Internal Revenue Service by 50%, the government might be hard pressed to collect those taxes. Since “government should not be doing anything that the private sector can do better and cheaper,” they will make sure all laws expire after five years, ending them with the idea that Congress will simply repass good laws. They would end Social Security (which, by the way, protects children as well as the elderly and disabled), Medicare, Medicaid, and so on. They will sell off all “non-essential” government assets, buildings, and land (are national parks essential?) and cut funding to states “other than disaster relief.”
"This plan is “easily the most radical document put forward by a member of the leadership of a major political party in modern times,” Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote.
Sound unbelievable? Check it out at theGOP website describing their plan.
YES! NO! MAYBE? Many Americans, including Republicans, don't know about the GOP proposal, described above by Heather Cox Richardson. Your LTE will inform voters about GOP intentions.
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INCO Warrenton Community Group Zoom meeting. No meeting in March. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tuesday,April 12 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to Kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com thru Monday, April 11 for your Zoom link.
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"One of the hardest, but most essential rules of politics is that the choice is often not between good and evil, but between not so good and worse." — Jon Margolis
--Michelle Rial, "Am I Overthinking This?" calendar