Brief Sojourn In Mt. Hood Area
to current Mountain Times Owner
I hope you enjoyed your brief sojourn in the Mt. Hood area.
The addition of color, huge numbers of ads, and a few "columns" has certainly increased the page count of the monthly paper.
It is sad that you did not add any significant "local news" to the paper.Â While ads are good and profitable, most local folk want to know what is happening.
Â The Villages provided many opportunities for truly interesting investigative report, but, apparently, it was swept "under the rug".
=> The gender discrimination in the May 2015 board election where results were withheld until it was munged so the "guys" got longer terms.Â The May 2013 fiasco that caused the budget for a County Liaison to be cut.Â The June 2009 hilarious web site stupidity, "where's the agenda??, etc.
Lots of good fodder for the mill, but, sigh, "all quiet on the Western Front".
It is also sad that, apparently as a city person, you seem to have hooked up with the "bar and toke" people. I hear that the "male bonding" is best after a number of drinks and tokes.Â It is very sad that the tiny "drinking team players" were more important than the community
It would have been nice if the paper was a bit even handed. The paper makes it really clear what your political and "pseudo-religious" opinions are.Â Â Â I note that you once said you publish all letters, until one, from that "Susan Corwin person", was critical of your bar/toke friends/cohorts in the area/villages.
As a resident, it would have been good to hear about the CPOs, the SLAPPs and attempting bullying (that will likely cost someone $70,000), Wilderness Steward program, Pacific Crest Trail maintenance, Bite of Mt. Hood, Chamber actions, etc.Â But, I guess newbies and city folk just want a soapbox.
Good luck in France.
I understand the folk who had been "the starving children in Europe" are now running things.Â Based on their 2-6 year old view of "where's my food, toys, etc??", they seem to think everyone in the world should have a piece of the pie other folk create.
They weren't totally evil,
nor were they particularly virtuous,
but their incompetence, deceit, snake oil, and intimidation
made them the Villages of the Darned