Friday, April 24, 2015

DEMOCRACY, FINALLY

Last night, a candidate night was held in the Bayview Community Center. Routinely, the Lakes Highway District candidates, and not so routinely, the Bayview Water & Sewer District Board candidates. One candidate for Water & Sewer called me this morning to suggest that the evening earthquake was the result of the tumultuous battle to  open the board elections to all. The two incumbents, while fine people, were essentially appointed, as election dates were publicized only in the legal notices, which met the requirements of the law, but certainly not the spirit. If anyone out there reads the legal notices regularly, I'd be amazed.

Not so with other issues. Annual audits with transparency for the members/customers have not been performed as an annual requirement. New board members would appear as appointed, carefully choosing those that would quietly fit in opposed to free thinkers.

Not so this year A couple of enterprising educators wrote down the term dates and are now actively campaigning, not to denigrate the opposition who blatantly ask that the "incumbents," be elected, but not really reelected, as they are both quasi appointees. Most of us realize that it is the process, not the personalities that are at risk. If we are to keep the incumbents,  then let it be by an open to all election not people appointed by the president for life.

This year's example hopefully will in the future be routine. If even one new member, not a member of the supposedly clique personally advertises for each election then transparency will exist, albeit shoved down the throat of the power brokers. Either way it goes, a lot has been accomplished. Please vote, May 19 for your choice of candidate. Two are running, two hope to retain their seat. Vote for independent responsibility by all members of the board.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Good

I am delighted that the incumbents are named and that they finally have to run for office. Stand up, Let the community decide who they want rather than a closed circuit appointment

I can not find any problems with any of the candidates Finally, we have a democratic process.  That was the critical issue with me.Privatizing the water & serer department was wrong. I want to thank the brave folks that stood up to the power brokers.

Friday, April 17, 2015

SEWER &WATER DISTRICT ELECTION


An election will be held at the community center May 19. Why should you care? First, this will be the first open election since the Water & Sewer District was created. The problem comes from dedicated people that have served for a long time. The only notice that an election will be held in about two lines in the legal notices. Long time board members tend to feel ownership, which creates a lack of growth.

The reason we don't have participation is simple. No effort by the sitting board has been offered in addition to the required legal notice. This causes  apathy as long as faucets give water, and the toilets flush. I personally get the impression that input by interested citizens is considered interference rather than contributions.

The lack of timely audits,  and above all else, transparency is sadly lacking. We as resident customers have no way to see where our money is, or how much money is in reserve, if any. The bottom line is not all state laws pertaining our water & sewer district are being followed.

Other venues, such as in Athol, reminds us that regardless of the integrity of our current board members, stuff can happen.
 
Two dedicated residents are running for the two board positions. both are college professors with knowledge of how businesses are run. Sharon Meyer (you can't possibly avoid seeing her signs) is running for one position and Stephen May, a veteran entrepreneur, the other. They took the time to make sure we all are aware of this date, Tuesday May 19 at the community center.

Bayview is growing and we need some fresh ideas so that the district can move ahead with our town. You can tell pretty much who is supporting these candidates by prominent people having yard signs.  





Friday, April 10, 2015

Summertime



I woke this morning to two things. One the sun was out and I didn't have to wear a coat to fetch my paper. As I gazed out my picture window overlooking Scenic Bay, I witnessed a flock of Swallows flying in for their nesting season.

Yes, just as in San Juan Capistrano, they arrive as a group. I haven't kept track, so I don't know if they arrive on the same day or not. 

Summer people are drifting in to open up a float house or the family yacht. People are hitting their favorite restaurant or bar.  Actually, most of us stay here because we cannot afford to go south for the winter.

Still, where in this country of ours can you afford to live at or near a lake, with fishing now much better than the last few years.

So welcome back to the Summer people and come on down for the visitors.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

WESTSIDERS...BAH, HUMBUG



It is always a pleasure to see the team that beat you make it to the top. Makes you feel warm all over, it does. There were several reasons that Gonzaga bit the big one.

First, one of the best three point teams in the nation couldn't hit beyond the three point line with a seeing eye dog. Guys like Bell and Pangos that could thread the needle all season  long had a bad day on the wrong night. Even Wiljer was cold.

Then there were the turnovers. Once great at ball control, Duke regularly stole the ball from the great back court of the Zags. The third thing that stuck the knife  Zags, Even though on different nights, the West Siders rooting for Krzyzewski's Blue evil Blue devils snuck a bunch of K rags into the Clink, then had the audacity to bring them into the Mariners home field  waving them wildly as they celebrated the downfall of our sainted Bull Dogs during last night Mariner's opening night victory over the cussed Angels.

First, shouldn't a last name of 10 letters have more than 3 vowels? God should have kinds helped out. After all, these Gonzaga Bull dogs had priests and Nuns rooting for them, while Duke just had the Devil. Makes you weep at the injustice.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

EXPOSIMG EXREMIST LIES

I don't think that our global warming is particularly new, since the last Ice Age ended and warming started around 10,000 years ago. I am using England and Ireland as my example, since the Penguin Group published that history "from earliest times to the present day. This trend is still the same one that started 10,000 years ago. At some point, this will reverse itself. One of the more interesting aspect of rising water, it that the pressure of huge amounts of water can cause land to rise as well.

Putting this myth to death is simple. Blaming warming trends on earth's occupants is a political exercise for other purposes. For example, saving the spotted owl wasn't about saving owls, it was for the express purpose of ending logging as we know it. Using terms like "old growth" is a catchall for older trees invented in the newsrooms of those that knowingly publish rubbish for political ends.

This nonfiction history of the British Isles is giving me a great education. For those that would like the book, The Penguin Atlas of British and Irish history, published in 2001. It is a treasure trove of a record of our planet as it evolves.

Clean air, water and soil is of course important to all of us, since we share this planet too. Like any subject extremists will come out of the woodwork using "Chicken Little, " as their model. For many years this exaggeration has been the platform of choice. First scare people then blame the scare on those evil overlords that populate the right. The robber barons so glibly termed as those that rob from the poor and give to the rich. A reversal of the Robbin Hood syndrome.

Some of the extremism are opposing thinning of our public forests which then gives the remaining trees a chance of a long life. The correct non politicized terms are 1st growth (virgin forests) 2nd growth, 3rd growth and on up to the 5th or 6rg growth in present times.

Redistribution of wealth from intelligent hard workers has been around for ever. The myth/lie that all wealth was created by cheating those with less. That, my friends is known as extreme jealousy of those who are successful by those that live comfortably with the dream that does not include hard work, but just government doing their best to share those with wealth with those without. An unfortunate statistic this that there are many more without than with.

Not all forestry practices are bad, though clear cutting isn't so popular anymore.   Before you hug every tree, remember that managed well, it is a renewable resource that allows all of us to have wood in our homes.

Chicken Little is not science.

 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

SEPTUAGENARIANISM LIFESTYLE

Septuagenarian ism suddenly hit me last week when I described how I arrived at a birthday, age 77. Portions of that post were described by Dave Oliveria in his Sunday column, parting shots. He said..."On turning 77 last week without a wife, curmudgeonly Herb Huseland of Bayview philosophized:"Having struck out several times, I finally decided that either I wasn't good at being a husband, or I wasn't good at picking the right woman"... 

After  reading this in the Spokesman-Review, I sat back in my recliner and mused: I may be the most eligible septuagenarian male bachelor in North Idaho. Look at all the marital experience I have and unlike most people who plod through life with only one wife, I have experienced a variety of personalities, sizes and appearances.

I visualized senior citizen speed dating. Inviting one and all old ladies to try out for the catch Herb team. Catching me is easier these days, since I'm not very fast anymore... At least fast of foot.

A couple of weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a friend, when the female bartender, all of 20 something walked by exclaiming "You think you know everything," and stomped into the kitchen. I was shocked and resentful that a twerp less than a third of my age would suggest a thing like that. I can only remember one other parallel occasion, and he too was ignorant. I don't believe I've ever heard an intelligent person making that remark.

Reflecting further in the days past I finally figured out the formula. As I grew in age and experience, I gained more knowledge on a plethora of subjects.  Now if I could just remember most of it.

Incidentally, for those ladies wishing an interview, I must point out that I have no money and I'm chubby. If you have got past that, have at it. In closing I am reminded of an old George Jones hit, "I don't need your rocking chair, no Hadacol or medicare... (if you remember what Hadacol was, put yourself in my age group) Try this for my future lifestyle (https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=jom1n67_QOY)