THE TEA PARTYER
July 31, 2012
There was an incident at the Fair.
The event was celebrating its 100th Anniversary, so it only seemed fitting to have some type of political brouhaha. The group “Americans for Responsive, Responsible, Representative Government” had two paid petitioners gathering signatures for the Home Rule Charter and one of them was unexpectedly arrested by Myrtle Point’s finest.
It was alleged that a petitioner was very assertive while seeking signatures and had grabbed one fairgoer by the sleeve. The episode was reported to the police on duty, who, in turn proceeded to apprehend the subject. A member of ARRRG, Ronnie Herne, contacted me on Saturday to explain the matter and to let me know there could be more to this story.
Mrs. Herne was sincerely concerned for her hired hands, because she had been told by the second petitioner, who was not arrested, that she had overheard one of the officers say Commissioner Fred Messerle had requested the authorities to arrest them. However, after speaking to the Commissioner on Monday, he had confirmed that he had asked the Fair officials to make the petitioners obey the petitioning rules of the Fair, but had nothing to do with the actual arrest.
I can confirm that the Fair Officials were absolutely professional in dealing with this issue, and I base that on my experience the next day. I had gone down to the fair after speaking with Mrs. Herne. I arrived at the fairgrounds around 12:30 and stood directly in front of Commissioner Messerle’s booth, which was located to the right of the main stage. The commissioner was at another event judging the 4H kids and was not present to speak to me. I started collecting signatures when about forty minutes had passed until a Mrs. Robin Harkins approached me.
Mrs. Harkin informed me that she was an official of the fair and that there was a complaint about my signature gathering. She was very friendly and polite and told me that I would have to either stand outside the gates of the main entrance of the fair or I would have to purchase a booth for $300 dollars. Understanding that the Fair had to have certain guidelines for petitioners, I was happy to comply.
I asked her if I could collect signatures at a booth that had already been paid for.
She happily agreed.
I had to think fast, so knowing that Commissioner Candidate Don Gurney was a stand up guy, I asked him if he would be my sponsor. Of course, being a man of the people, Mr. Gurney did not hesitate a second to grant my request. Robin smiled and said, “That works for me.” Former Commissioner Gordon Ross was there, so we had a lively conversation over the validity of the charter and all in all it turned out to be a real fun event. I was not prevented from collecting signatures for the rest of the day and the second paid petitioner was allowed to stand at the front gate.
This was a case of an over-aggressive employee getting a little carried away with the job and Commissioner Messerle had nothing to do with the arrest. The commissioner was worried about the vendors and reported his
concerns. People pay good money for those booths at the fair, so they pay to peddle their wares without interference. However, I would like to see the Fair Board set up written guidelines then dedicate a marked area for petitioners and offer reduced entrance fees to these paid and unpaid workers. The Fair is the modern equivalent of the town square and the perfect place for soapbox antics. It would also help in clarifying the rules.
The incident has not deterred the members of “ARRRG” and they are going to continue to collect signatures, but the petition will have to be turned in before August 8th. To receive more information call ARRRG at 541-396-4200 or email ARRRG2012@dismail.net or you can sign the Home Rule Charter petition at these participating businesses.
29 West First Street
Coquille, OR 97423
Bandon, OR 97411
Tom & Gig's Inc Muffler & Brake
135 S Schoneman
Coos Bay, OR 97420
What is Indian Sovereignty?
The Coos County Board of Commissioners is having a meeting at The Mill Casino on August 1st, to decide if the board should put several measures on the Ballot in the November election.
The BOC will have to contend with the question if they have the legal authority to make binding decisions while the board is in a sovereign nation? The Mill Casino is on tribal land and Coos County government has NO
JURISDICTION on their territory. Here is the law concerning this issue.
Meetings of governing body to be open to public
location of meetings ·
accommodation for person with disability ·
(4) Meetings of the governing body of a public body shall be held within the geographic boundaries over which the public body has jurisdiction, or at the administrative headquarters of the public body or at the other nearest practical location. Training sessions may be held outside the jurisdiction as long as no deliberations toward a decision are involved. A joint meeting of two or more governing bodies or of one or more governing bodies and the elected officials of one or more federally recognized Oregon Indian tribes shall be held within the geographic boundaries over which one of the participating public bodies or one of the Oregon Indian tribes has jurisdiction or at the nearest practical location. Meetings may be held in locations other than those described in this subsection in the event of an actual emergency necessitating immediate action.
“Rob Taylor was the original organizer of the TEA Parties in Coos County and is currently an independent activist working to promote the rights of the individual.”