Susan Huntington believes it benefits a chamber to be a player in local politics and she follows through with a directors report in a recent Seaside Chamber newsletter that reads more like a conservative call to action.
"Comfort foments apathy.", she writes, "No one is interested in change if they are at ease. I can only assume that our residents are perfectly employed, sheltered, and fed with no unrealized dreams or aspirations. That would surely explain how we have come to this state of affairs where we have allowed weak elected officials to follow outside interests in determining the direction of our county. If we had no future vision for family wage jobs, no clue how to generate the wealth necessary to support city and county services and no desire to create balance IN THE WHOLE, we are in the perfect state of denial."
Huntington may be referring to the positions taken by the Clatsop County Commission when it comes to timber production in the Clatsop State Forest though she does not specify this in her letter to chamber members, nor does she point to specific elected officials. She does say " Something has to change and that change has to start with the question, "Is this the best we can do?" If you don't think so, you have discovered the seed of change. Once a person recognizes a problem, the challenge then is to act. The state of Oregon has certainly made the ability to act easy with the mail in ballot. The responsibility is on the individual to educate themselves about the candidates who most closely represent their dreams and aspirations. That takes some effort. My grandmother refused to vote for Adlai Stevenson because he had a mustache. That's not good enough reasoning if we want to change our future here in Clatsop County." Huntington continues "Family wage job growth is possible here but we require the leadership that encourages and supports it, not squashes and rejects it. The time to act is now. The ballots will be mailed May 2-3."
The she closes with a rather cryptic comment, "One day I shall burst my bud of calm, and blossom into hysteria!"
It appears the chamber board of directors are supporting Huntington's move to get this message out and are seeking public comment as they test political waters.