Letters to the Editor Feb. 4, 2014

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers February 04, 2014 02:45 pm

It's my duty to ensure informed decisions

The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors is elected by its constituents to pass and repeal local laws called ordinances. The Board is also tasked with a myriad of responsibilities including levying taxes, collecting taxes, and adopting a fiscally sound budget.

One of the most important roles the Board plays is as a facilitator of discussion and open dialogue relating to issues pertinent to the community it serves. The responsibility to ensure decisions are made with the best available information and with respectful dialogue cannot be overstated.

The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors has been and will be faced with issues that can divide our county. The Board, working together as a unit, is expected to make decisions that are in the best interest of the community as a whole and not in the interest of the most vocal or demanding group.

Recent discussion regarding the decision to declare the county’s interest in seceding from the state of California is a prime example.

The Board of Supervisors is being asked to vote on an issue that has not been adequately vetted. It seems very reasonable considering there is no immediate deadline, that the Board of Supervisors be the body that facilitates the discussion involving the proponents, opponents and those that have yet to make up their mind.

The Board of Supervisors is a nonpartisan, open public platform for the county’s residents to discuss issues, ask questions, and receive information without feeling pressure to conform to the opinions of those that are hosting the event. Equally important is the need to ensure decisions made by the Board of Supervisors are in the best interest of the community as a whole.

I have been the duly elected representative for District 5 for many years. With my tenure comes experience with dealing fairly and openly with issues that are divisive.

It is my goal, and my duty, to ensure that the Board of Supervisors allows everyone who wants to participate in the open government process to be heard. Furthermore, it is my goal to ensure the Board of Supervisors is as informed as possible prior to making decisions that can affect our county, positively or negatively.

David Finigan, chairman, Board of Supervisors

Finigan oversteps in blocking Jefferson vote 

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” wrote Lord Acton in 1887.

After watching the video stream of the Jan. 28 Board of Supervisors meeting, I was absolutely astounded by the behavior of current Board of Supervisors Chairman David Finigan. His tactic of delaying the placement of the Jefferson State Declaration on the Feb. 11 agenda was an affront to anyone who believes in the process of fair government of the people, for the people, and by the people.

What I saw at the Board of Supervisors meeting was nothing short of Chicago-style politics. Supervisor Finigan, in my opinion, is on an ego trip and he’s traveling first class at the people’s expense.

According to the Del Norte Administrative Manual, the supervisor from the 5th District has way overstepped his authority by declining Supervisor Roger Gitlin’s request to place an item on the agenda. And he did it twice.

Finigan’s ego-driven behavior does not serve the people of Del Norte County well and this abuse of power must be challenged.

The chairman ought to know better. He’s been in office for a long time. He has no authority to ask two additional supervisors to affirm Supervisor Gitlin’s request to place an item on the agenda.

If Chairman Finigan continues to act in this reckless manner, he ought to be recalled and voted out of office.

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Bill Turck, Crescent City