Letters and comments for April 13, 2012

By Observer Upload April 13, 2012 01:12 pm
Letters and comments for April 13, 2012

Vote for Gilbert 


To the Editor:

I attended the candidate forum held at La Grande Middle School on the evening of April 3. It helped me make my choice for Union County commissioner.

As you know, that contest pits Irene Gilbert against incumbent Mark Davidson.

Mr. Davidson displayed an exceptionally high regard for himself at the forum, suggesting that he alone is qualified to lead Union County and we are fortunate that he is available. 

He claimed personal responsibility for negotiating the Strategic Investment Program for the proposed Antelope Ridge project in 2010.

He went on to say this SIP was the best one ever negotiated in our state. He offered no independent verification to support his claim to fame.

In the fall of 2011, the wind company modified their proposal into a two-phase development. That invalidates Mr. Davidson’s cleverly negotiated SIP agreement.

That leaves Mr. Davidson with nothing left to brag about, but that hasn’t stopped him. 

At the forum, Davidson stated he believes he represents the majority in Union County.

He made no attempt to explain why he has not embraced the vote on Measure 31-75, which was 52 percent against Antelope Ridge. 

Perhaps he alone knows what is best for us after all.

Irene Gilbert offers us real transparency in county government and promises to accept positions expressed by voters.

She understands the issues, but is willing to consider viewpoints expressed by her constituents.

She has varied life experiences in public and private sectors. She is a woodlot owner and an avid outdoorswoman.

She will do everything possible to remedy the proposed travel plan recently announced for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

We’ve seen how Mark Davidson operates.

Irene Gilbert offers a fine opportunity.

Let’s fix this while we can.

Ray Randall



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