Monday, February 27, 2023

2-27-23 Newsletter


"One person can only do so much." 
"One person can do so much."
There are 26 new bills pending COIN endorsement after the February 20th COIN Legislative Watch Team meeting. Topics include housing, forestry, climate change, and other concerns.  After you've read more about these bills on the COIN website, please send your feedback to We'll forward your comments to COIN.

Legislators won't know what you want unless you tell them. Please take a moment to comment on at least one of these bills.
“In a 1994 study designed to determine which Americans were more concerned with matters of security, those tending towards misanthropy were less inclined to favor tighter measures. Typically it was the respondent who felt ‘most people are trustworthy and helpful’ who favored stronger protection.  ... the results make sense if you postulate that the subjects were thinking more about the persons who would be providing the security than about those who would be breaching it.  Depending on the direction of his mistrust, a misanthrope makes the best kind of civil libertarian or the worst kind of fascist.”
 - - -Garret Keizer, “How the Devil Falls in Love,” Harper’s, August, 2002
"The great virtue (or perhaps curse) of democracy is that it doesn’t settle — it keeps moving. There are no final victories, but there are no final defeats either. There is only the struggle for a more humane world or, for some among us, a more hierarchical one."
--Jamelle Bouie, 
New York Times, February 24, 2023
You can make a meaningful impact by serving as a board member of a Special District in Clatsop County. Special Districts are a form of local government created by a local community to meet a specific need. Special districts in Clatsop County include schools, Clatsop Care and Union health districts, rural fire protection, and others. Countywide special districts are the Port of Astoria, Sunset Empire Transportation, and Clatsop Community College.

You can volunteer to serve by running for office in the Special District elections on May 16.Information about local positions and filing is on the 
Clatsop County website. The County Clerk's office at 503-325-8605 has details. Filing deadline for the May election is March 16.
Thursday, March 9 - INCO Community Meeting, via Zoom. Social time at 6 pm; meeting is 6:30-7:30 pm. All INCO members are invited to attend. We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month.
Link to join Zoom meeting
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Power may justly be compared to a great river; while kept within its bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down on all before it, and it brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes.
--Andrew Hamilton
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INCO Weekly Newsletter       February 27, 2023
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