Monday, June 17, 2024

6-17-24 Newsletter


"Every vote matters!"
Anthony Huacuja was elected as Clatsop County Commissioner, District 2, receiving just over half of the votes in the May 21 election. The final count was June 12, and the election will be certified today. Of the 2,284 total votes,  50.31% (1,149) voted for Anthony and 49.3% voted for Tessa (1,126), a 23 vote difference.

About 1/3 of the district's registered voters voted. Less than half of registered Democrats voted in the May 21 election.
"As I read the comments of postcard writers and others feeling discouraged I flashed on the beginning. That fight was soldiers sleeping on the ground, eating badly , being an ocean away from their loved ones and every day wondering if it would be their last day. This fight we get to sleep in our beds, be with our loved ones, take walks to enjoy nature… “  
— Annamarie, reader’s comment, Substack, June 7, 2024

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"Every time I attend a grassroots meeting with readers, someone approaches me to say they are distressed by the current political environment and fearful about our nation’s future. They thank me for the hope this newsletter gives them.

"I relate that fact not to pat myself on the back, but to make four important points:

"First, if you feel that way, you are not alone. Millions of Americans share your feelings of anxiety and worry.

"Second, one of the most effective things you can do is to seek out community. Being with others who are working to defend democracy is uplifting! As the saying goes, “Come for the cause, stay for the people!

"Third, action is the antidote to anxiety. If you are able, funnel your nervous energy into action! You will feel better while doing good!

"Fourth, if you are one of the lucky people who can maintain a hopeful outlook in the face of anxiety-producing news, display your optimism and confidence! It is contagious! If you model hope and optimism, you will lift others in ways you will never know.

"These are difficult times, made worse by the amplifying effect of a 60-minute news cycle, social media, and constant news alerts. But we have endured and prevailed over worse—and we can do it again."
--Robert Hubbell, Today's Edition, June 11, 2024

"Dictatorships depend on the willing. They can't rule by compulsion alone. People support them to gain power or advance their careers, because they like giving orders or take comfort in receiving them. They act on their prejudice or pocketbook, religious beliefs or political ideals, at first, then on their fear. They may not realize what they're supporting until it's too late."
-- Burkhard Bilger, "The Stasi Files, The New Yorker, June 3, 2024

"Dictators need the middle to function, and the vast majority of people are in the middle. They don't stick up their heads."
-- Dagmar Hovestedt, former head of research to examine, reassemble, and release the East German Stasi surveillance files
-- Jennifer Rubin, newsletter, Washington Post, June 12, 2024
-- The New Yorker, May 2024
"If life is a staircase, then reality is a Slinky."
-- Louis Mendan
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