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Politics at the Columbia County Fair, Crisis of confidence, Mueller testimony should be scrutinized

Politics at the Columbia County Fair

I read most of the very long winded complaint concerning so called "harassment" toward a political group by the Big Meanies — the representatives of the Columbia County Fair. (See, "Oppressed at the county fair" in the July 26 edition of the Spotlight, page A6).

The county fair is a special opportunity to appreciate the commendable accomplishments of adults and those involved with 4-H, and to show pride of accomplishment as a community.

It is an exceptional opportunity for the 4-H kids to represent their work and gain self confidence through educating the public about their animals and the disciplined care involved.

It is insulting, opportunistic and disrespectful to attempt to inject into this atmosphere of connection and respect the polarizing toxicity of politics.

If a political party, or any faction, want to canvas and recruit members or signatures, they are free to create their own, non tax-supported, appropriate forums.

Political party representatives at the fair should stay in their designated booths, and collect voter registration, and explain their platforms, but not attempt to solicit for any political goal.

The fair representatives are protecting and providing a space for an unpolitical, non-factional, neutral event, without political conflict or pressure.

Thank you to the paid and volunteer fair workers for once again providing a terrific venue to showcase the many and varied skills of the citizens of the county.

Let's keep the focus on individual skills and accomplishments, and

not allow the rhetoric and divisiveness and distraction of politics to poison it.

Ann Mathers

St. Helens

Crisis of confidence in economic decisions

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt." — Thomas Jefferson

"Nothing can more affect national prosperity than a constant and systematic attention to extinguish the present debt and to avoid as much as possible the incurring of any new debt." — Alexander Hamilton

"Avoid occasions of expense ... and avoid likewise the accumulation of debt not only by shunning occasions of expense but by vigorous exertions to discharge the debts, not throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear." — George Washington

"I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse, and in a Republican Government a greater curse than any other." — James Madison

"The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own." — John Adams

Starting in July 2019 banks in Europe and Indonesia started reorganizing to restructure their debt load while the U.S. Federal Reserve lowered the interest rate and soon Congress will vote to abolish the debt limit to keep our government open for business. Congress is taking us down the road to becoming a third world nation with hyper-inflation, a "crisis of confidence," as described in an online Wikipedia page. While Americans are struggling to pay their mortgages and put food on the table for their children, Congress is getting an unlimited VISA card. Just great. Sort of like Columbia County trying to establish a transit district which only has 100 riders a day. "A crisis of confidence" in our elected local, state and national elected officials is more like it. Time for them to take a ride in the November election, this year and in 2020.

Joe Turner

Columbia City

Mueller testimony should be scrutinized

After being sworn in during hearings with the U.S. House Judiciary and Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, July 24, Robert Mueller was asked by judiciary member Rep. Steve Chabot, "When you talk about the firm that produced the Steele reporting, the name of the firm that produced that was Fusion GPS. Is that correct?" Muller responded, "I'm not familiar with that."

For 22 months Mueller's investigation spent $30 million demanding more ink and film than Watergate with an evidence rich paper trail including a $168,000 payment to Trump-hating foreign agent Christopher Steele, Russian officials, the Clinton campaign, even the "dripping with intent to deceive" Perkins Coie law firm used to hide payment and yet of the ringmaster, Fusion GPS, Mueller claims unfamiliarity.

Analysts suggest doddering.


In the film, "A Few Good Men," there's a memorable scene where defense attorney Lt. Daniel Kaffee is prodding Col. Nathan Jessep with the most important question, "Did you order the code red?," an incident, which killed a Marine for which two people were standing trial.

Jessep is agitated, and Kaffee pushes asking, "Did you order the code red?"

"HELL YES I DID!" Jessep says.

By the FBI's own standard, lying to an agent even not sworn in under casual circumstances can easily place you in the penitentiary.

Should corroborating testimony of Mueller's statement be demanded of those lawyers assisting Mueller?

Without a doubt.

Wayne Mayo


Questions raised about Riverkeepers funding, claims

This letter is written regarding an article published in the Spotlight and a letter written by Mr. Thomas O'Hanlon's which contains restatement of Riverkeepers' claims. (See, "Climate groups, Global Partners at odds over permits," on A1 in the July 19 edition and "Concerned about environmental advocacy reports" on Page A6 in the July 26 edition).

Riverkeepers invent a conspiracy to feign ethanol production while instead storing crude oil. Global responds, "That isn't the case and it isn't even possible". That's worth repeating: It isn't even possible. But impossible invention of nefarious intent is actually the hallmark of Riverkeepers' attacks on energy producers and hapless small family farms on whom the Riverkeepers have set their gun-sights.

Riverkeepers are pros at tar and feathering with slander, innuendo and outright lies about energy producers trying to provide heat for our homes and fuel for our cars, while complying with all environmental and other regulatory standards, and small family farms trying to feed America. But how does Riverkeepers' history stand up to actual scrutiny?

Not well, it turns out. Googling 'how is Riverkeeper funded?' and reading 'Activist Facts Organization' information is an eye-opener. Their overview states, "The Waterkeeper Alliance," (first Hudson River Fisherman's Association, then The Hudson River Foundation, to Hudson Riverkeepers to the Riverkeepers as it now exists worldwide), "has declared war on America's farms and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is in charge of the battle plan."

The expose' describes how taxpayer-guaranteed loans, assistance from publicly-funded law clinics, Kennedy's green investment company, the Kennedy name — which attracts individual wealthy donors and foundation support, celebrity ski events in Colorado and the Canadian Rockies, and a for-profit company called Tear of the Clouds LLC, which sells Keeper Springs bottled water, combine with individual small donors to produce the Riverkeepers we see here today in Columbia County. All of this, plus Riverkeepers' jury awards and the Pace University Environmental Litigation Clinic comprise the Kennedy environmental empire. Every penny of this flow of money goes to support the Riverkeepers and their litigious campaigns to impoverish and destroy farmers and energy producers of whom they disapprove.

Riverkeepers litigious attacks on small family farms with the virtually limitless money and power they wield forces the farmers to band together in an effort to fend off the attacking Goliath. Whereupon the Riverkeepers vilify them as "factory farms" and decry their farming methods.

Regarding the recusal of Port members who receive campaign contributions — The Supreme Court has established that political campaign contributions are free speech rights and thus are our constitutionally protected exercise of our First Amendment. Mr. O'Hanlon's objection is to the Constitution. As is always the case

for Leftists when it serves their purposes.

Regarding quoting U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Really? You're going to quote the Socialist who demands America adopt her "Green New Deal" that is projected to cost $93 trillion over the span of 10 years, end air travel, and require the slaughter of all cattle and an end to the consumption of beef?

Kathleen Fisher

Columbia County GOP, Communication Director


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