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Over the last sixteen years, Clallam County has paid out over a million dollars (salary and benefits) for Mike Chapman's "services". And what do we have to show for all that?
When you put it that way....that is really depressing to think about.
With apologies to Tennessee Ernie Ford:Mike votes sixteen yearsAnd what do we get?Another day older And deeper in debt
Yeah, it's difficult to get too excited about the Tharinger/Van Dewege/Chapman musical chairs number. Like on the presidential level, I really wish we had better choices.
I think people put way too much importance on elected representatives. Because most of us want only to do the things we;re interested in, like playing video games, watching movies, and, well, pretty much anything other than what it takes to make our city, county, state and country run, we just leave it all up to a couple people. Who can see why this might be a bad idea? Gee, let's look all around us, and see how many times this approach has made people happy. These leaders should only be something like a great organizer. They may have good organizational and motivational skills, but they aren't the ones who decide what is to be done. We, the people, have to recognize our responsibilities to our communities. On the bright side, we could be looking at a Buck, McEntire and Peach seat swap.
Sheeple are sheeple, so why should it be, denial of corruption and the bri-ber-y.(You know the tune)
I hear McEntire is exploring the idea of stinking up the board room at Sequim School District.
I've heard same on McEntire as step one to rejuvenate his political career. The Repubs (read: Anti Bond Group) are trying to get a second puppet to Howe's theatrics on the board with two seats up for election next November. The seats are an at-large held by Bev Horan (who will not seeks re-election) and Howe's. Since many of us have tired of the PUD Spokesman, he should have trouble keeping his place at the table. My preference is both of these guys just fade into the sunset,...permanently.
Sadly looking at the ballot and with the option of who is running against him, it is clear Chapman will win and continue to do damage at a yet higher level. What has he ever done for us truly?
The trouble with a campaign slogan like "People before politics" is that it sounds EXACTLY like a political campaign slogan. Which is to say, it makes it very clear the politics (getting and staying elected) does and always will come before truly serving the people. It's especially humorous coming from someone like Mike Chapman, who has cycled through the whole political spectrum, from Republican to Independent to Democrat. In terms of the "people," even after all these years I have little idea of who Chapman is as a person. He seems to have no core values or allegiances other than getting himself elected to office, and thereby gaining the biggest paychecks he's ever had. Do I hate the man? No. Do I trust the man? No. If he "performs" in this higher office the way he did here, we already know what the end product will be. A job for Mike Chapman, and not much else.
If Mike Doherty had run for state office, I'd have voted for him in a second, and happily. He was so energetic, so knowledgeable, so connected at that level already.Mike Doherty was always on the road, always reading some new report, or sending out emails or going to another public meeting. It seems like he knew everyone, and was well respected. When you look at the workload he carried as a county commissioner, it was the heaviest by far of the three of them, for year after year.Mike Chapman is no Mike Doherty. He likes shortcuts, and summations. He has consistently had the lightest workload of any of the commissioners, with barely half the subcommittee work that Doherty used to carry. He's also got a reputation for having a temper that Doherty didn't have, and as we all know, he can't seem to make up his mind about what party he's affiliated with. I won't be voting for Mike Chapman again, ever. But I do wish Mike Doherty was still in there, fighting the good fight.
Mike D. was a very good public servant. His heart was in the right place, and his mind was full of useful information. It was a good combo to have around.
Holy cow CK you silly rabbit. We actually agree on something. There is hope for you yet! Your friend.
Meanwhile, I must note that it is notable that this topic has called forth song references for both the old timey Republicans out there (Tennessee Ernie) and the Democrats of a certain age (Depeche Mode). Now, if someone could just find a song to cover Chapman's Independent period...
"Running on Empty"? (Jackson Browne I believe?)
If I get by, it's mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine. . . Been caught stealin' by Jane's Addiction
Up in the state lobby, just broke upI'm doing my own little thingDecided to dip but now voters wanna tripCause another politico noticed meI'm up on him, he up on meDon't pay him cash redemptionCried my croc tears, 16 good yearsYa got nuthin' on me
And we have a winner! No, multiple winners!
Just out of curiosity - how are you seeing these ads? I'm getting no ads at all on the PDN - don't know if it's a setting I have but it's refreshing!
You probably have better ad blocking in place, or, possibly, you're just luckier than I am. I just clicked on the story about Don Perry dying, and Chapman's pop up ads were all over it.
I'm using Chrome with AdBlock. I just paused AdBlock and went back to the PDN site and sure enough - ads everywhere. I quickly turned AdBlock back on!
Van Morrison, Independence Day