Press Talk Theres still a ways to go for us

first_img “Are we out of the woods yet?Are we out of the woods yet?Are we out of the woods?Are we in the clear yet?Are we in the clear yet?Are we in the clear?”The answer to Taylor Swift’s new questioning song is simple: “No.”We might be able to see the clearing after the county’s charter passed but there is more work — much more work — to do. Why? First a little background.The biggest prize in Tuesday’s local election was the proposed county charter’s passage. And there’s no getting around this one fact:Despite a convincing tsunami of Republican victories across the country and here locally, they lost the biggest local prize when the charter passed.And the reason for that was simple. It was a community repudiation of the M&M boys, otherwise known as County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke.These characters have run roughshod over us, ignoring logic and good sense, putting their cronies in high-paying positions and doing stuff that has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.The charter will dramatically weaken their authority. It will add two more voices to the commission and it will allow the county administrator to manage county workers without constant interference from — mostly — Madore. Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor.last_img read more


September 16, 2019 0