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Op Ed: 'Californication'
By Henry Clay Ruark for Salem-News.com
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Courtesy: FullosseousFlap's Dental Blog
(EUGENE, Ore.) - Corporate and labor leaders now need desperately to join the Oregon Legislature in swallowing hard, then taking a deep breath, before taking any decisive step: WHATEVER IT TAKES to resolve and remedy the resounding results of the Senate votes-debacle.
ALL involved must NOW calm down, recapture AND clear minds, to concentrate on the COMMONWEAL and on COLLABORATION. For this one, at this time, under these once-in-a century economic “insecurities” (!), COMPETITION may cause complete consternation --first for perpetrators and later for all, as we reap the INEVITABLE, NOW UNAVOIDABLE rapacious PUBLIC-SERVICE impacts.
ALL OREGONIANS will soon be partaking of that “meal of consequences” absolutely sure to follow. In Oregon’s fulsome political climate, very special attention is sure to be paid to those whose failures in overwhelmingly public-view demand that special action.
Corporate taxes now demand detailed adjustment to meet the desperate needs already demonstrable in heavy pending slashes on ALL particularly vulnerable State programs. ALL of Oregon’s people are threatened by what will surely be lost.
The long/run consequences for the future of all young Oregonians, and the multiple massive impacts on every age, at every level, in every location, are now all too well-known. The detailed impacts are now widely understood for any “laissez-faire” approach, allowing current deplorable conditions to continue longer. (See previous OCPP detailed report in S-N.) SEVENTY YEARS IS DEFINITELY TOO LONG!
The alternative is that peculiar pecuniary posture, now well-established as required for “Californication”, already on deeply disrespectful, extremely distressing public display not too far to the South.
Due to downright despairing dissipations of citizen and business attention, leading to silly, stupid and selfish mutual actions, initiative-inertia has been created down there by continued incontinent, impotent imposition.
NOW it appears the only way to correct the self-imposed initiative trap is to finally somehow figure out how to launch an initiative to discard and dispose of the legally-demanded initiatives already well underway, and begin the process for initiating another initiative.
This is needed to correct the original initiative initiating initiatives. (Oregonians can better understand that simplified statement than can Californians, we can hope...!!)
Somehow we MUST avoid that senseless search for some way to substantiate failed “political principles”, no matter WHOSE and HOW NOW STATED. (The peculiar mental posture thus procured for all activists resembles what’s required for raffish and radical pleasure-participation at some peculiar parties.
Neither partner in such participation ever pauses to cogitate, yet both find themselves mutually --and often painfully-- paying a large price, sooner or later.
Oregon’s cooler climate --often so concentrated in our Legislature as to be denominated a deep freeze-- must now be sufficiently warmed and humanized from its corporate-control temperature to establish once again its State Constitution-imposed profoundly proper function: Decision on deeply complex issues, derived from what common sense and constituent demand truly demonstrates.
At 21, Henry Clay Ruark was Aroostook Editor for the Bango, Maine DAILY NEWS, covering upper 1/4 of the state. In the ‘40s, he was Staff Correspondent, then New England Wires Editor at United Press-Boston; later Editor for the Burlington, Vermont 3-daily group owned by Wm. Loeb, later notorious at Manchester, New Hampshire UNION LEADER for attacks on Democratic Presidential candidates.
Hank returned to Oregon to complete M. Ed degree at OSU, went on to Indiana University for Ed.D. (abd) and special other course-work; was selected as first Information Director for NAVA in Washington, D.C.; helped write sections of NDEA, first Act to supply math, science, foreign language consultants to state depts. of education; joined Oregon Dept. of Education as NDEA administrator/Learning Media Consultant for tenyears.
He joined Dr. Amo DeBernardis at PCC, helping establish, extend programs, facilities, Oregon/national public relations; moved to Chicago as Editor/Publisher of oldest educational-AV journal, reformed as AV GUIDE Magazine; then established and operated Learning Media Associates as general communications consultant group. Due to wife’s illness, he returned to Oregon in 1981, semi-retired, and has continued writing intermittently ever since, joining S-N in 2004. His Op Eds now total over 560 written since then.