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Dear Democrats, Friends & Neighbors,
Join us for the DPDC's largest fundraiser of the year:
The Flegel Banquet and Auction!
On Saturday, October 7 at the UCC Lang Center!
Music, speakers, delicious dining and a silent auction -
and best of all, an evening spent with your
Democratic Friends and Neighbors!
This is where we raise the funds to work toward Democratic values and support our county, state and national Democratic candidates.
Tickets are on sale now, online and in the DPDC office. See poster below.
Urgent Action Needed
Dear Democrats and Allies:
At the August 2023 Democratic Party of Douglas County Central Committee meeting, we voted to support efforts to address the problems with Winchester Dam (WD). This includes taking action to let our representatives at various local, state and federal levels know that we want the laws enforced by the agencies responsible, up to and including removal of Winchester Dam.
Various groups in the state have been working for years to address environmental concerns that the dam is causing. There is also some evidence that shows that the the mere existence of the dam violates Oregon law because it has no public benefit required to dam our collective waterways. Your local Democratic Party will be working to support community efforts to solve this problem now. One you can help with today.
Below is a letter from one of the groups, Water Watch, that has some specific action you can take right now from the comfort of your home. Please take a few minutes to join us in asking our representatives to get involved now.
If you were to use any of the links below or the "Take Action" button the right side of this email and fill out your information, the system will send the letter to the legislators or other recipients as indicated.
In the coming weeks, we will be sending out information about other community actions regarding the Winchester Dam. Stay tuned.
Democratic Party of Douglas County
Richard Chasm's Guest Opinion Piece
Includes results of Dem survey at the Douglas County Fair
Survey Guest Editorial
The Democratic Party of Douglas County had a great time at the
County Fair. It was good to see old friends and make some new ones.
There are many issues of the day and while presidential politics are
important, the Democratic Party of Douglas County believes we have
much in common on local issues. We seek to learn where we can work
together and tend to matters right here where we live.
In following that ideal we designed a non -partisan survey to offer
people from all walks of life in Douglas County a chance to answer 12
questions. Many people walking by were obviously hostile to us but it
was not a bit surprising that when Republicans took the survey there
was no dramatic differences. There were some interesting trends and
The first question was Where to you live? Of the 240 people who
took the survey, 120 were from the city of Roseburg; 77 were from an
incorporated town other than Roseburg; 27 were from the country and
16 people lived on more than 10 acres. This means the vast majority of
respondents were from town.
The next question was how old are you? 20 people were between
15 and 21; 39 were between the ages of 21 to 40; between the ages of
41 and 65 there was 79 citizens and 102 were over 65 years of age. In
all of these groups half were from Roseburg.
The third question was: Do you see the effects of a changing
climate in Douglas County? The overwhelming response at 80+
percent said yes. This was in all age groups and all locations.
Next was: Are local governments doing enough to help the
homeless? 20 people chose not to answer and 44 people or 18.33%
said yes. 176 people said no governments are not doing enough for the
homeless. This was 73.33% from all ages and areas. One respondent
commented “Governments were doing more than enough” and another
said Governments needed to do different things but was not sure what
they might be.
Question 5 was: Have you considered buying an electric car? The
results were split 50-50 Across all ages and locations. Several
comments were that the price was too high, several people said they
Question 6: Scientists at OSU have said a major earthquake is
coming to Oregon’s coast. Are you aware of this prediction? Slightly
over 84 % said yes and the vast majority of the people said no, live in
Question 7: Are you aware that local timberland is being sold to
out-of-state investors? This was interesting the split was almost 50-50
between yeas and no but the vast majority of the individuals who live in
the country or on10+ acres said yes. There also strong comments that
the respondents did not like this; no one said they did.
Question 8: Would you be willing to consider a program where
government money allowed local communities to buy and manage
timberland as Community Forests? Without knowing exactly what this
concept might be, 72.5 % said yes and more people chose not to
answer than those who said no. What is a Community Forest?
Number 9: Should tourism be encouraged for the economy of
Douglas County? Slightly over 83% said yes and only 10.8% said no.
There were many comments on this question mostly disparaging the
Question 10: Currently timberland owners of less than 5,000 acres
pay a severance tax when they sell logs. Landowners over 5,000 acres
pay no tax. Do you think anyone selling logs should pay a severance
tax? This was a confusing question and over 10% did not answer. Of
the 62 % who said yes the people who lived out of town were
Question 11: Do you think the State of Oregon has mismanaged
the legalization of Cannabis? Another interesting response. 52.65 %
said yes and 36.76% said no. The majority of people over 40 said yes
and the majority under 40 said no. There was a substantial number of
people who did not answer.
The last question was: Studies have shown that the Winchester
Damn harms fish runs in the Umpqua river. Should the Winchester
Damn be removed? This question had 15 % no answer, 43% said yes
and 41% said no. Many comments on this one. Some people said it
was beautiful and a well known feature on I-5. Others said they liked
the fish viewing opportunity. Those who wanted it gone were quite
vehement in the damage done to the fisheries and the process by which
the Water District got their permits.
Rural Oregonians have a lot more in common than we realize in a
world of controversy and sound bites. We have a lot to be thankful
about as well. The Democratic Party of Douglas County seeks civil
dialogue and honest debate towards making the Umpqua a better place