Letters and Op-eds

Renew and Expand Germaine’s Vision

by Lucy Charlebois-LaPlante
    In the after­math of a con­tentious pri­ma­ry cam­paign for Town Coun­cil, it is time for cit­i­zens to remem­ber the vision of Ger­maine, with its spir­it of com­mu­ni­ty and har­mo­ny. While I am no stranger to con­tro­ver­sy, and have not been accused of back­ing down from a good brawl, it is quite obvi­ous to me that more than a few toes have been unfair­ly stepped upon in the last few months.
     Shawn Hedrick is not “another Ken Lay’” as Willie Walk­ing­stick charged at the April elec­tion forum, nor is Walk­ing­stick, “in league with anar­chists and terrorists,” as the Hedrick cam­paign has claimed. All sides in this debate need to calm down and look at the issues fac­ing Ger­maine, Wilbur Coun­ty, and our coun­try with an eye for the good of the com­mu­ni­ty.
    Wilbur Coun­ty has made impor­tant strides in the past few years by embrac­ing the future. We have fol­lowed lit­tle Germaine’s vision, tak­ing an active role in devel­op­ing appro­pri­ate tech­nol­o­gy and organ­ic farm­ing meth­ods, and it has paid off big time.
    A local orga­ni­za­tion is now dis­cussing pur­chas­ing a van for twice a week bus ser­vice to Bend and Prineville. Word also has it that Cit­go is con­sid­er­ing invest­ment in Jasper Bradford’s gas sta­tion, and may pro­vide dis­count fuel to our eco­nom­i­cal­ly depressed town. McCoy Tech­nol­o­gy is embark­ing on a major new tech­nol­o­gy, using algae to clean pow­er plants.
    These are the very kinds of things we need here in Wilbur Coun­ty, and they are the kinds of things we need in Amer­i­ca: appro­pri­ate trans­porta­tion, appro­pri­ate agri­cul­tur­al tech­nol­o­gy, and appro­pri­ate­ly car­ing peo­ple.
    Let’s con­tin­ue to look to the future!

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