From a Watchdog in Bandon
I read the letter from the Bandon Cert Team leader in the January 30, 2014 Western World, and his description of the problems with Bandon's disaster plan is only the "tip of the iceberg". People living in northwest America should consider themselves lucky compared to our fellow citizens in other parts of the country who have been hit with devastating disasters year after year. Every day we have the opportunity to prepare. Unfortunately, those delegated with the responsibility of having the civilian population prepared for a disaster are more concerned with paperwork and formalities rather than actually preparing the citizens of Bandon.
Why is it when people expose the truth about government, they are called names?
Resorting to name-calling is the easiest way to get the people (of Bandon) to stop listening to someone. Names such as "activist", “agitator”, and “malcontent” are bantered about when those under the microscope cannot refute the claims of their detractors. Since they cannot use logic and reason to justify their action and position, they use Ad Hominem attacks. An Ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected based on some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person making the argument.
Does anyone believe the City of Bandon is going to shelter and feed you and your family in the event of a disaster? Does anyone believe the current disaster plan is going to provide needed essentials to survive? Those naive enough to have faith in the city’s disaster preparedness team had better think again. The City of Bandon and the federal government have no legal obligation to help those in the time of calamity, because that responsibility falls on shoulders of the people.
The city’s “Map Your Neighborhood” and “Neighborhood Watch” programs are not going as planned because people are not getting along with their neighbors according to local law enforcement. The citizens of Bandon cannot afford to wait for a disaster to strike before we unite and work together. Do not miss your wake-up call Bandon, now is the time to work together and to prepare.
It is also time to evaluate the organizations in charge of the city’s preparedness plan.
Citizens need to be aware that the money the City of Bandon is giving to these 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Corporations for "disaster preparedness" can be used at the discretion of the leaders of these nonprofit groups. Once the money gets into their accounts these groups do not have to have public meetings or open their books for public inspection. They are not subject to Oregon Public Meeting or Public Records laws. Without strong citizen oversight, there are those who can use this system to circumvent fair practice laws.
Have you ever noticed that the same people float from one elected position to another, moving from board to board?
The reason we see politicians rotating in-and-out of the system is that nobody else is volunteering. This is the reason for taxpayer-funded boondoggles and over-bloated projects occurring all over our county, which make no sense to the average person. Our country, state, county, and city lacks the leadership needed to make the hard choices to move forward using commonsense and rational thinking. We see it all the time in Washington, DC. It is time to see what is really going on here in Bandon.
WAKE UP BANDON AND SMELL THE TYRANNY!
Avery T. Horton, Jr.
"Activist", “agitator”, and "malcontent"
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