[Vision2020] Re: oversight=authority?

Carl Westberg carlwestberg846 at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 16 07:49:37 PDT 2004

Certainly the ongoing controversy regarding Mr. Wilson can get a little 
tiring.  But Doug Wilson has forced himself onto center stage in our small 
town.  He has made controversial statements, he has taken controversial 
stands that make news not only here, but around the country.  He is a 
lightning rod, and he has made himself a lightning rod.  Lightning rods get 
hit with lightning.  Have I belabored the lightning rod analogy a tad much?  
                                                 Carl Westberg Jr.

>From: "Melynda Huskey" <mghuskey at msn.com>
>To: "Vision 2020" <vision2020 at moscow.com>
>Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Re: oversight=authority?
>Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 18:50:51 -0700
>I *am* a member of the MCA, and none of the candidates we endorsed promised 
>us that they would accept our oversight in future decision-making.  (We 
>also didn't ask.) We publically endorsed candidates whose stated positions 
>reflected the vision of the organization.  Their performance may affect our 
>future endorsements, but that's the full extent of our influence, and I 
>think you'll agree that it's not decisive--despite growing membership 
>rolls, we haven't yet taken over the electorate.  We have a war shoebox, 
>though, and high hopes that someday it will grow up to be a war chest.  We 
>aren't making private deals.  We aren't paying any of the candidates we 
>endorsed for services rendered, either.
>I also hope we can continue conversation without reducing the number and 
>kind of voices being heard, or assuming that there are just two "sides" to 
>be on.  It's possible to be concerned about these issues, and even about 
>whether Doug Wilson/Paul Kimmel/Tom Hudson and his "can-do" business 
>partner Jerry Wallace are indeed making Moscow a better place, without 
>being hateful, vulgar, intemperate, or dangerously obsessive.  Of course, 
>as Debbie has pointed out, people of good will can disagree.  Our town 
>ought to be big enough to hold a wide variety of views and their critics.
>So why do I care?  Because one of our county commissioners apparently 
>promised to allow the elders of his church to oversee his decisions.  To my 
>mind, that's very different from an elected official making decisions based 
>on her values and beliefs, which I would expect.  It means that our 
>commissioner consults the elders of his church on matters of public 
>business and allows them to determine what his decision will be.
>Will the sky fall because Paul Kimmel asks his church how he should vote?  
>Probably not.  There are two other commissioners, and as far as I can tell, 
>their churches don't take such a . . . detailed interest in their members' 
>public service.  But I do think voters ought to know, and be given the 
>opportunity to make an informed choice.  There will certainly be plenty of 
>folks who don't mind, or are pleased, to cast a vote for the elders of 
>Christ Church for County Commissioner, and they'll likely get another 
>chance.  Others, given this insight, may look for another candidate.
>Melynda Huskey
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