I raised 4 issues at the 6/11 Tioga County Commissioners meeting.
While I don't recall Erick Coolidge saying anything, his "dehumanizing stare" might have gotten him arrested in Miami FL.
None of the commissioners cared to comment on Edward Snowden's revelations about massive government spying on ordinary citizens, explain why this spying doesn't violate the Constitution or why they were not violating their own oath of office to protect said Constitution by failing to pursue the issue.
When I asked why none of them had attended the recent showing of the documentary Triple Divide in Blossburg, only Roger Bunn had anything to say. He dismissed this investigative report - and the real harms being done to real people that it chronicles - as merely a movie. Stay tuned for Bunn's response to my followup email, which I also posted to the web.
Mark Hamilton responded to my request for comment on elected officials lying to the public, indicating that it would be improper. However, he saw nothing dishonest about the cock-and-bull explanation Mr Bunn had previously given for not being quoted in the stories on the commissioners' secret meeting with North Carolina Governor Perdue - Bunn claimed he spoke last and thus had nothing to add.
As Cheryl Clarke confirmed in a follow up story, the press had not been notified of the meeting, so all quotes resulted from reporters contacting the officials quoted. Aside from making "the dog ate my homework" look good, Bunn's baloney was both narcissist and pathetic. Why would anyone care that he wasn't quoted when the real question was, why wasn't the governor quoted?
My final question was whether any of the commissioners had finally been persuaded that global warming is real. Bunn went into full spectrum spin on this one, the executive summary of which is that in the '50s & '60s scientists were predicting a mini ice age, therefore he was cautious about buying into the science behind global warming. Seems to me, the cautious thing to do, when scientists warn of a cliff ahead, would be to at least ease your foot off the gas. I guess it all depends, to paraphrase Bill Clinton, on your definition of cautious.
To date none of the commissioners have cited any evidence against global warming or named one independent expert with doubts, despite my repeated requests that they do so. Responsible adults base their opinions on facts, they don't choose what to believe and then ignore the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
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