Things Look Different Here

Posted on April 6, 2012 by

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Having solved all other problems, activists in Clatsop County are pushing to ban elephants lions, tigers, primates, and an array of other animals from exhibition or performance. No word on whether they covered hippos. But they left exemptions for horse shows, rodeos, and other stuff that they likely knew would be shot down in a heartbeat if they tried to include them in the ban. They’ll keep those on the back burner, for later.

Grande Ronde Lake Campground in Wallowa-Whitma...

Grande Ronde Lake Campground in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeastern Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over in Lane County, environmeddlist mommies pushed their precious snowflakes to sue the State of Oregon and Governor Retread in an effort to force them to take more stringent steps to protect the state’s atmosphere, water, land and wildlife from the impacts of climate change.

11-year-old Olivia Chernaik and 15-year-old Kelsey Juliana, and their mothers, Lisa Chernaik and Catia Juliana were basically told to take a hike.

There’s something unbelievably pathetic about dragging kids into a courtroom to “fight” for enviromeddle change. Pathetic, yes, but hardly surprising, given the religious dogma we’ve seen coming out of University of Oregon and Portland State University.

Out around Enterprise, the Forest Service plans to close some 4000 miles of road in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, the largest such forest in the state. Only bicycle riders, horseback riders, and hikers will be permitted on the roads – except in winter, when snowmobilers are permitted. Their goal is allegedly to “encourage quiet recreation”, although obviously, snowmobiles generate a lot of racket. In all probability, those will be kicked off public lands next. The forest shouldn’t be accessible to the aged, the infirm, the very young, nor handicapped people, it seems, and the plan would affect at least 130 campgrounds.

It looks as though the agency is setting themselves up for an unwinnable litigatory battle via the Americans with Disabilities Act; they legally cannot discriminate in favor of those able to ride bicycles or horses, or able to hike long distances, at the expense of those who lack such abilities. Unsurprisingly, the plan is meeting with stiff resistance; drawing even Congressman Greg Walden into the fray. Wallowa County officials have vowed to appeal the closures, and threated to file suit in the event the appeal is denied.

The agency maintains that they lack funds to maintain the roads; critics counter that they don’t maintain them anyway, and that most work is done by private individuals. Available evidence seems to bolster that view; moreover, it argues strongly in favor of requiring the federal government, which owns over half of the lands in the state, to begin reliquishing control of those lands.

Meanwhile, in Portland – where people are counting the days until the comedy team of Sam Adams and Randy Leonard are finally out of office, Sam continues to come up with goofy stuff – he’s now revisiting the idea that his mentor, Vera, hatched – burying part of the I-5 freeway. There’s no particular benefit involved, but he’s quietly spent another $11,000 to “study” the concept. Those two are determined to drive the city into complete bankruptcy before they bicycle off into the sunset.

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