So, there are some interesting items that have appeared recently in the Port O Call, and I wanted to touch on them here. Though we don't always agree, I do appreciate that Dale is also out there trying to find pots to stir. Hopefully one of the following topics will stir you to comment...
Resurrecting the Grand Jury in Clallam County
The Justice Restoration Project seeks to resurrect the Grand Jury in Clallam County. In order to do so they must convince the Charter Review Commission it is the best idea and should be adopted during this term.
Presently we have an elected prosecutor. All prosecutorial discretion resides with him/her. Whom do we trust that much? Such matters must be examined by a collection of community minded individuals from the jurisdiction.
These high minded common folk are able to “smell a rat.” If there is something the “man on the street” thinks needs attention then the Grand Jury may be the panel to initiate an investigation. It needs subpoena power to be effective. Current statutes make it difficult to get a Grand Jury recognized. Instead, the concept of a Grand Jury has morphed, by statute, into the open arms of the judiciary.
Without a Grand Jury we are unable to prosecute the prosecutor if s/he runs afoul of the law–or allows others to do so.
What say you? Does the idea of a Grand Jury have appeal? Even if it does, will there be qualified people to serve on it? Do the pros outweigh all the local cons?
Don't worry, Don...It says RICK Perry.
What Are They Afraid Of?
Another piece by Dale Wilson, that I won't go into in detail here. (You can read it for yourself in print, or online.) Basically, it's a recounting of all the stonewalls Dale has run into in simply trying to speak to the community, and/or provide a forum for the community to speak for itself. It's a process many of us have probably experienced in one way or another. Since at least the Karen Rogers days, the word from City Hall has explicitly been to sit down and shut up - the voice of the public is not heard. Not surprisingly, the PDN and KONP and the Chamber and (Fill in the blank) have gone along with that program.
All of which leads Dale to ask - What are they afraid of?
I have my own answers to that, but it's more instructive to hear yours.
Beat Them Bushes Until the Candidates Come Home
I'm also sure that Dale will be leading the charge to find candidates for upcoming elections. Who should run? Who should be run out? Who is willing to sign up for the abuse? Is positive change even possible at this point? Or have decades of corruption, tens and tens of millions of dollars in debt, and a long-standing denial of reality made Port Angeles into a community where the only options are: A) doom, or B) DOOM, or C) DOOM!!!
Feel free to name names, and share wish lists, if such things you have.