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From: Tom and Meridee Wiley
I disagree wholeheartedly with this Measure 21-177. I side with our community leaders like our Sheriff and County Commissioners who point out how the poor wording of this Measure will lead to unintended consequences including vigilantism, expensive law suits, and the loss of important, regulated tools used by farm, forest and fishing families to put food on their table.
I also wholeheartedly believe that those who support the Measure are entitled to their opinion. This is an important issue which should be discussed and better understood. Many Measure 21-177 supporters completely disregard legitimate concerns raised about the ordinance. The best public policy is achieved with input from all stakeholders. It seems that the Measure supporters did not consult with the Lincoln County residents working in the industries that will be affected. Farmers, foresters and fishermen were not given an opportunity to provide input before the Measure was written. They are now doing what they should do in the policy process, letting people know how this Measure will impact their business and our community.
Rather than welcoming the dialogue, concerns are dismissed by Measure supporters as “fake”. Individuals with roots in the county going back generations are labeled as corporate shills and our elected officials are accused of manipulating the truth.
This is not conversation. This has become a shouting match and it is not the right way to do things in Lincoln County. Regardless of your opinion on aerial spraying, Measure 21-177 is not the way forward.
I encourage everyone to read the complete Measure and understand the full content. Measure 21-177 contains more language than the simple concept of banning aerial spraying. The Measure was crafted by a non-profit from Pennsylvania with a larger agenda. Oregon state law controls aerial spraying on private lands and a county ordinance will not be able to supercede statutes without legal debate and costs to Lincoln County residents with little hope of success.
Tom and Meridee Wiley
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