Apr 202017

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NO on 21-177

Friday evening, at Newport’s Performing Arts Center, Tomas Linsey the founder of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), an East coast enviro organization, gave a talk sponsored by an OCCC foundation. Linsey and CEDLF are the proud authors of Lincoln County ballot measure 21-177 as local supporters have said.

Mr. Linsey gave a boiler plate talk on how community rights, ecosystem rights, and natural communities need to be used to circumvent our existing government laws and constitutional rights. He advocates litigation filed by unelected community rights person or persons and direct action to accomplish these ecosystem rights.

During questioning by supporters asking for, clarification on the vague definitions, Linsey called 21-177 “ one of the most well written” initiatives. He would not directly answer why the definition of aerial spraying is ‘Physical Deposition of pesticides into the land, water, or air by any aerial method.. He did answer that Direct Action is trespass, getting in front of equipment – helicopters etc., whatever it takes and still be protected by the new law in 21-177.

Measure 21-177 is intended to give activist and vigilantes the power to push their agenda against any business or governments with which they do not agree. As Linsey put it the vagueness was “intentional” to give them flexibility in how it is applied. “ When you vote for the initiative, you are not just voting for the ban of aerial spraying, you are actually voting to change the system.”

Vote no on 21-177, a Trojan Horse of vague laws.

Joe Steere
Lincoln County Farmer, small woodland owner.


Yes on 21-177

To the editor of News Lincoln County:
To the people of Lincoln county:

As you read the Arguments in Favor of Measure 21-177 in the Lincoln County Voters’ Pamphlet, notice the number of Lincoln County healthcare professionals who are in favor of Measure 21-177.

Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy, Naturopathic Doctors, Doctors of Chiropractic, Registered Nurses, The Oregon Nurses Association and more, advise you to vote YES on Measure 21-177.

These are the people you trust to protect your health. These are the people you go to when you or your family are hurt or sick. These are the people who work diligently to save the lives of the critically ill or injured. These are the people who care for you and your family.

These are the people you trust with your life.

Anyone who tries to persuade you to vote against the advice of the healthcare professionals you trust with your life should be viewed with profound skepticism by every voter in this election. Do you really believe your health and the health of your family is the priority of those who spray poison from aircraft?

John Colman-Pinning


NewsLincolnCounty.com sincerely invites other thoughts, other voices, in agreement or in opposition to Measure 21-177. Democracy works best when it’s noisy. Send your comments to Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com.

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