Conservative News & Commentary

May 4, 2012 — by: T. Jefferson
Categories: Government

TitanicIn last Sunday's Herald and News, the Editorial Board picked their candidates: Kelley Minty Morris for Commissioner Position #1 and Todd Kellstrom for Commissioner Position #3. While we think it is fine for an editorial board to endorse candidates, the reasons why they chose these two is somewhat odd.

Apparently the Herald and News editorial board is hip on glitz and glamor and not so much on substance. The editorial board said their choices were filtered using the metrics of leadership and vision. Unfortunately the Herald and News didn't define what they meant by these terms. To me, someone showing these qualities would first understand government has no cost-containment structure. Matter of fact it's just the opposite. By its nature government is set up to always cost more each year for the same or fewer services. And those costs never align with inflation or tax receipts. Government wages, benefits and costs are in their own little world. Real leadership would involve fixing that problem whether people on the receiving end like it or not. Vision would involve making county government efficient and affordable for the people who live here, rather than giving businesses more and more reasons to leave.

The Herald and News only left us with this description to define their meaning, "Kelley Minty Morris, a hardworking campaigner with plenty of ideas, for Position #1..."  Morris' web site explains how she is a former television broadcaster and manager for a well respected charity. Both of these are supposed to demonstrate qualities of leadership and vision.

And we're supposed to smile as we swallow this? Really? In a debate when asked about the biggest budget she had managed, Morris skirted the question because she doesn't have such experience. Her assertion that being a manager at Citizens for Safe Schools qualifies her for managing up to nine departments and a budget of over $10 million is laughable. Kelly is a nice person, with a warm personality, but that is not what we need right now. We don't need a cheerleader. 

The paper's love affair with Todd Kellstrom stems from the fact that he does have experience. They said,

"Kellstrom is the long-time mayor of Klamath Falls. He's done a good job representing the city, worked hard to upgrade the downtown area and been a positive force for the entire county. He seems interested in working for city, suburban and rural residents, all alike."

It's funny. The editorial board "thinks" Kellstrom is interested in working for all alike. "He seems interested." Shouldn't being interested in all alike be a given? And yet this qualifies him? Wow. Kellstrom knows the players in the city and county government. He's been in office for over 20 years as mayor. So how is this a change from what we've seen in the past? Does Kellstrom have a record of bringing costs inline with revenues? Or is his solution to raise revenues to meeting increasing costs?

The editorial board's picks are purely political. They have little to do with solving our county problems which is mostly financial. If these two are elected we will have done a nice job of shuffling the lawn chairs on the titanic. New faces, new names, but nothing new in substance. I'm heading for the lifeboat.

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  1. Terry Clemens ~ May. 5, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    Excellent piece...I couldn't have said it any better. Vote Bellet and Mallams for a change in Klamath County's direction. #
  2. William Wilberforce ~ May. 8, 2012 @ 12:41 am

    I regard an endorsement from the Herald and News in much the same way that I would an endorsement from the Democratic Party, SEIU or Obama himself. The problem is that the readers of the H&N do not fully understand the extent of the paper's bias. Paid subscribers, for the most part, are unaware of the extent to which the content is skewed and manipulated in an effort to effect outcomes that the H&N wants. I would love to be proven wrong about this on occasion. If I were, I'd happily & publically congratulate them on a wise endorsement. #
  3. Kelley Minty Morris ~ May. 8, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    Voters are wise. They will evaluate the Herald and News endorsement, along with all the other information they've gathered this election season and make their determination as to who shares their vision and who has the ability to move our community forward. Each candidate brings different professional experiences to the table, mine are just as valuable as anyone elses. If you talk to voters, and I've now talked to hundreds, you learn their deep desire for a leader that will truly bring our party and our community back together, and move us forward. Klamath County is getting left behind in so many ways, most devastatingly, economically. We've got to turn that around and it starts with getting new blood into our Board of Commissioners. I'm certain T.Jefferson, the anonymous writer of this post, compared me to a cheerleader as a way to mock me. You know what? Cheerleaders do some important work. They rally people together for a common goal. They inspire their team toward success. I will lead our county toward economic prosperity and away from the mismanagement and out of control spending of the past. Call me whatever you want- I say, "Go Klamath!" #
  4. Finnious T Fogbottom ~ May. 10, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    Kelly, The great poison which is bringing our nation and its economy to ruin is all wrapped up in something innocently called SUSTAINABILITY; driven by false fears of human caused climate change. Nations throughout the world have gone Green, shut down or seriously curtailed resource use and development and replaced real jobs with public sector employment positions unsustainably funded with borrowed money. It looks like the Citizens for safe… which you manage is under the umbrella of the Josephson Institute. The institute holds the registered trademark for Character Counts. Is Mikhail Gorbachev still on its council of advisors? It publically says unsafe things like: “Change the world. Even though scientists predict dire consequences if we continue along the trajectory of industrial “progress,” many are optimistic about the future. Glenn Albrecht, an Australian researcher and professor who studies the effects of climate change on the human psyche, offers this thought: “I’m not willing to give up on encouraging change towards sustainability even in the face of what looks like overwhelming negative forces.” It’s an exciting time to be alive. As teachers, we can get the ball rolling by encouraging youngsters to play a pivotal role in the fate of climate change. Empower your students to live sustainably, promote eco-awareness, and get involved in the political process.” So, as we live in a region under assault by green KBRA sustainabullies do you agree with the way the Institute and Mikhail would like to move our World forward? #
  5. Finnious T Fogbottom ~ May. 11, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Oh by the way, the following linked article may have nothing to do with reality or things happening in the Klamath, yet it is always good to make sure that we are not being encouraged down a dark and dangerous path in the name of peace and prosperity (to borrow UN terminology). ‘A broad-based coalition called Character Counts! promotes another impressive list. Its "Six Pillars of Character" include respect, responsibility, justice, trustworthiness, civic virtue, and citizenship. These "consensus ethical values" were chosen in 1992, when a group of psychiatrists, international ethicist, political leaders, school superintendents, and members of state boards of education met in Aspen, Colorado, to share "ideas about character development" and seek "CONSENSUS on the ethical values that could be taught at home, in the classroom and at the office."20 The Aspen Conference which birthed Character Counts (CC) was organized by the Josephson Institute of Ethics. Its chairman is Frances Hesselbein, chief executive of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management.21 Do you see the link to Total Quality Management (TQM) and the global workplace? The Council of Advisors for CC includes Hillary Clinton's friend Marian Wright Edelman, head of Childrens' Defense Funds and a plenary speaker at Mikhail Gorbachev's 1996 State of the World Forum. This is significant, for the CC leaders give us a clue into the values behind the lists of character qualities. They have little to do with God's plan for His people. They has everything to do with a global and political agenda.’ Was that 4 or 6 pillars? Soviet power was to be based on four pillars: the leading role of the Communist Party, social ownership of the means of production, democratic centralism, and a monopoly on education and information (Kerblay, 1989, p. 5). Negatively changing the world one impressionable nevermind at a time? Or positively moving forward? #

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