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Folks in Douglas County are going to have many choices this coming May for our commissioner positions. But I am here to specifically endorse one of our sitting commissioners, Mr. Chris Boice.

Many have tried to call into question this man's integrity. Angry over having to pay for services that they believe should be free, they have tried to drag his name through the mud. And I have watched, from the sidelines, as he patiently explained, over and over again, that expecting all public services to be free puts our commissioners in a bind. They understand our "wants" but they also know how much tax monies they have to work with each fiscal year. And you can say what you want about how "timber is a lost cause", but the truth is that it takes time, lots of time, to introduce new industries to the public. And our commissioners don't have the luxury of just "waiting" while the new industries are slogging thru the startup process. They have to make sure that public services continue, uninterrupted, as we are waiting for new industries to takeoff.

That means making hard choices: Do we charge people a dump fee or do we start making people pay a fee each time they call the police? Do we close the library temporarily or do we shut down the 911 call center all but two days a week?

Chris Boice has taken the fist-shaking tirades of the public in stride, looking at the big picture of county government, making the hard decisions for the better of his constituents instead of just trying to stay popular. That is TRUE leadership. Specifically for the coastal regions of our county, he has worked with his fellow commissioners to gain more county funds, proposing a purchase of one of the busy campgrounds that is in Winchester Bay. He is also an avid outdoorsmen and knows that there must be a balance between conservation and industry. He is an advocate for the public keeping their access to public lands, with common sense management, and is a staunch supporter of our fishing industry! Boice is STILL my choice! And he should be yours, too.

Andria Fisher

Roseburg

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