article will appear in the Grants Pass Daily Courier this Saturday,
March 29, 2008.
Daily Courier: Judge, Jury, and Executioner of Jim Raffenburg?
March 22nd front page story in the Daily Courier featuring Commissioner
Raffenburg was disgusting. Raffenburg is not seeking re-election, so
why publish this contrived article now?
Because the Daily Courier is the mouthpiece for the courthouse good
ol’ boys who Raffenburg calls the “secret Cabal” of elitists. Raffenburg
is despised because he calls press conferences to blow the whistle,
and turns the spotlight on their hidden agendas and their attempts to
tax the people of Josephine County into poverty.
are clearly collaborating to try to destroy Commissioner Raffenburg’s
reputation and nullify his political influence with the people of Josephine
County. This appears to be an attempt to make sure anyone who protects
the public purse like Raffenburg won’t run for public office or the
Courier will release its Dobermans to destroy their character and community
Raffenburg is not running for re-election why go through all the expense
and effort of this investigation now?
they want to make sure their people are in place and their agenda is
carried out after the election.
is their agenda?
fees for permits and other services
* Eliminate our
Home Rule Charter
an un-elected County Manager form of government
* Code enforcers
who will be hired and paid with your fine money. Their job will be to
drive around the county looking for violations, which will force you
to pay the fine or go to court to prove your innocence.
the time in which the county can seize and sell your property from two
years to 30 days after foreclosure for late taxes.
they see hard times coming in the economy and are desperate to find
new funding sources to maintain their positions and power.)
What is missing
from their agenda? Accountability and cost controls for county government.
These public officials don’t want to conserve public funds as good stewards
should. These are the people Raffenburg has and will continue to expose.
In the last election
the Daily Courier endorsed, and has since nurtured, Dave Toler. Now
to secure their second vote on the Board of Commissioners, they need
another Toler. That person is Harry Mackin, who has already articulated
Toler’s philosophies of support for higher taxes and bigger government.
Cabal, of which the Daily Courier’s newsroom is the mouthpiece, is so
afraid of Commissioner Raffenburg’s influence and forthcoming endorsement
in the upcoming election, they are trying to destroy his credibility.
What this Cabal has done with this smear article is to declare war on
the people of this county who believe in accountable and transparent
If Jesus came down
from heaven, took off His halo, called Himself John Smith and managed
to get elected, He would condemn the courthouse corruption as He did
with the money changers. Guaranteed, the Daily Courier and the Cabal
would do the same to Him as they are doing to Raffenburg.
It appears that
the Daily Courier believes they can fool most of the people most of
the time, because they think people are gullible and will believe everything
they read. An example of how the voters have been kept in the dark and
manipulated, relates to a 1999 efficiency audit of county government,
initiated by Commissioner’s Frank Iverson, Jim Brock and Harold Haugen.
The conclusion of this auditor was that the Board was the problem. The
Board’s response? Fire the auditor and bury this report to keep it out
of public view.
This is the same
bureaucratic mind-set and reality that Jim Raffenburg has faced since
he took office on January 3, 2005. The fault of the Board of Commissioners,
as determined by this audit, was that they had failed to address the
problems within the county bureaucracy that still fester to this day.
That is what Jim
Raffenburg tried to fix. This is why they hate him. The county bureaucracy
does NOT want “change.” What they want is your entire tax dollar without
any complaints or accountability.
Shame on the Daily
Courier, Dennis Roller, and Stacey Stumbo. And, shame on any of us who
continue to support this Cabal.
Just like Jim Raffenburg
had to pay for an expensive ad in the Daily Courier to respond to their
smear of his name in the 2004 campaign, NewsWithViews.com has had to
pay $1,765.00 for this ad just to defend the principles of open government,
that are under attack by this newspaper, which is the glue that holds
this “Cabal of Corruption” together.
Daily Courier is not accustomed to dealing with anyone brave enough
to stand up to them.
Instead of prejudging
Commissioner Raffenburg based upon the Daily Courier’s lies and innuendoes
go to NewsWithViews.com and read Commissioner Raffenburg’s March 2008
Commentary at: http://www.newswithviews.com/Raffenburg/jim7.htm
where he addresses these issues.
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