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Higher Fuel Prices and the Need for More Public Transportation

Got this from a Health Counselor at a Partner's Meeting last week

Hi Everyone,

Just a heads up on what I have been working on.  I hadn’t heard back from Grays Harbor Transit and was able to finally speak with Mark Carlin, Manager today.  I found out that once upon a time in a land far far away there was a Grays Harbor Transit bus that actually came to Tokeland.  It was supported by Pacific County monetarily but was dropped to lack of ridership.  This is prior to the fabulous Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe Wellness Center opening its doors.

My point in writing today is to equip those of you that can attend Pacific County’s Transit Board meeting on July 10, 2008 with information to present that could perhaps restore or at least get another trial run established.  The meeting is at 10:30 at the Pacific County Transit Maintenance Facility 2750 Pacific Way  Seaview, WA 98644.  If any clients could be there it would be helpful as well.

Re-establishing this mode of transportation could bring business, health and quality of life not only to those who need our services (medical, dental, mental health, chemical dependency and others) but there are folks here that could benefit from getting a bus to WorkSource and utilizing some of there excellent back to work or work enhancing programs, Grays Harbor College for Ged and higher education opportunities, getting to the grocery stores, other medical resources.  I have clients who need to participate in sober support meetings and/or supportive activities that could benefit from this transportation.

Engaging clients in these types of activities are on its way if not already a mandate from the state for chemical dependency providers and yet we can’t motivate our clients in and of ourselves, we need each other in order to make this work.

I apologize if this seems like I am preaching to the choir but I am going to be gone for this meeting and really wish I could be there to have my shot at the soap box but I will go to Young Life camp with 130 15-18 years old kids from Grays Harbor and help provide them with hope for their lives so maybe they’ll never need my services.  I will turn this wheel over to you our community’s awesome providers!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,

Coleen

Coleen Chapin-Glasscock BA, CDP

Chemical Dependency Program Manager

Shoalwater Bay Wellness Clinic

 

This Ain't the Horse that McCain and his Party Rode in On:Goldwater Left The Building Long Ago.
 
Finally, we have the two nominees from the major parties. Relief from the election is now less than five months away. The contrast between candidates only more fully emphasizes the contrast in parties.
 
Much is being written now about the potential demise of the Republican Part as consituted over the past 30 years. Republicans, for the most part rose to electoral majority and congressional power using tactics of anger, divisiveness and the most serious degradation of polical civility in the past 100 years.
 
Nationally, the party  now faces the ironic appropriateness of a presidential candidate in his 70's who primarily touts what are now old tired lines the next generation ingnores in his campaign accurately characterized as the 3rd term of George W. Bush?
 
John Dean writes in Conservatives Without Conscience how the co-founder of the National Review, James Burnham, in a 1959 attempt to blend real-world politics with intellectual conservatism, distilled a 13-statement list of point-by-point comparatives to liberal positions that differentiate between the two.

Of his list, Burnham declared,  

"Whether the cause of this linkage - which is not absolute, of course - is metaphysical, social or psychological, we do not need to decide in order to observe that it exists." (Dean, page 9)

Metaphysical, social or psychological?
How about 50 years later we use the words supernatural, socio-pathic, psycho-pathic or just plain Left Behind?

Here's the list as quoted in Dean's book.


(1)    There is a transcendent factor vital to successful government.

(2)    Human nature is corrupt, and therefore conservatives reject all utopian solutions to social problems.

(3)    Tradition must be respected, and when change is unavoidable it must be undertaken cautiously

(4)    Governmental power must be diffused and limited by adhering to the "separation of powers" and "checks and balances" of the Constitution.

(5)    Direct democracy must be rejected because people are not well informed and are easily misled

(6)    [Conservatives believe] in States Rights

(7)    Each branch of government must be autonomous and must resist encroachment or usurpation by any other

(8)    Public support of limited government must be encourage in order to keep government in check

(9)    The Constitution's principles have permanent value

(10)    Government must be decentralized and localized so that power is diffused

(11)    Private enterprise should be encouraged.

(12)    Morality begins with the individual

(13)    Congress should be more powerful than the executive branch.

Having successfully and specifically exploited number (5) for seven years, the current Republican talking point Presidential electoral project implies that the (1) "transcendent factor vital to successful government" is FEAR.

The corruption of human nature is considerably less dim than the corruption of the  corporate nature. The abuse of corporate "personhood" identity has deteriorated to volumes of legislated non-Constitutional inequality: specific partisan legislation on behalf of non-mortal corporate "persons" at the tragic expense of human citizen persons.

Our contemporary Republican self-styled "conservatives" of this generation have no notion of change undertaken cautiously and gradually. What has become unavoidable is change based upon greed.

Invoking the fear-based metaphysics of (1) against those described in (5) above, we see a Republican suppression of separation of powers, checks and balances and all that lie in the venue. This was quite aptly expressed by Naomi Wolf last year in her history article:Fascist America in Ten Easy Steps.

Included in those "Ten Easy's "  are  

  1.     Set up and internal surveillance system

  2.     Harass citizen's groups

  3.     Arbitrary Detention and Release

  4.     Target key individuals

  5.       Control the Press

  6.       Dissent = Treason

  7.     Suspend the rule of law.

    Yeah, and so much for autonomous resistance of encroachment and usurpation.

    States Rights.

    State's Rights?

    "No Child Left Behind" and the Abandonment of Common Sense?
    Imperialist invasion and occupation supported significantly by National Guard and Reserves?

    Limited Government?
    Well, the Conservative Republican version was probably still alive in the 70's, when Goldwater and Dirkson told Nixon to get his ass out.

    By the 1990's limited government merely an on-going talking point until the Gingrich-Delay Republican unwise governance.

    Until of course the manipulated election of a manipulated candidate so short of wit, wisdom and maturity that he will be without peer the most incompetent Republican ever to sit in that office.

    Permanency of Constitutional Values? Enter the pulpit-pounding hypocrisy of today's social conservatives who dominate a party that has included the not-infrequent talking point of Gay Marriage as the overriding issue facing this country.

    Yeah, and so much for decentralized localized government and diffused power.

    "Private enterprise" - in terms of small-business entrepreneurs is the talking point joke behind which big business sucks at all the biggest troughs. Under the current Republican Conservatism, the Depart of Labor should be renamed the Department of Corporate Welfare.

    Morality begins and ends with the individual. It doesn't spill and splash from a pulpit nor self-promote itself as an artificial and manufactured construct entitled "Morale Values."

    Congress more powerful than the Executive Branch? I think that means that legislation and policy are the purview of represented electorate. Execution of the law - putting into effect the will of the people - every four years that's what we hire (or rehire) the President to do.

    If we "conservatively" applied this last notion, future candidate posturing during presidential elections would be mere taking point politics and implied influence sans a lot of the "when I'm President I will - " nonsense.

    This is what John McCain and his party have come to and what they are asking voter permission to continue. If the majority vote him into office this people will confirm what most of us already suspect.

    Aptly described by Oliver Lange in Vandenberg - The Journals, 1971

    "We proved the lie, were served up with a gagging portion of our own vintage distillation of apocalyptic horseshit

    -- all the narcissistic swill about indomitable spirit, invincibility, courage and nobility of purpose --

    and demonstrated once and for all to those who looked on with interest a fact long suspected:

    that this nation, through a self-administered indoctrination of spurious righteousness, larded with the false rewards of superfluous luxury,

    had at last achieved the most tractable, malleable -- let's face it, spineless -- people to walk the face of the earth."


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