John and Austin and Heidi and Everyone Else

Am I the only person in town who’s less than thrilled about having a Evangelical minister appointed to the Eureka City Council? I’m not sure which is worse, the manipulations and games of “chicken”  that cleared the way for her, or the ineptitude on the part of the progressives that allowed this to happen. Anyway, for the next four years we have a Foursquare Gospel minister on the City Council, and she got there fair and square.

Would a priest or a rabbi ever be elected to the  City Council?  Protestant ministers are an easier sell because they don’t wear weird clothes.  Protestants are more “mainstream” but some of them have religious beliefs that are decidedly not. How will Ms Messner vote on funding  (healthcare plans that include) abortion for City employees? At the Harbor groups forum last week, an extremely routine issue involving cannabis came up. Messner, alone, insisted the measure needed more study. Cannabis has been studied to death. Let’s hope she recuses herself from voting on cannabis issues in the future.

A look at their church website is instructive. The section on Belief/Hell is enough to remind me that I have nothing in common with anyone who believes that.  Take a look at it HERE. 

Foursquare ministers in Idaho ran afoul of the law for refusing to perform gay marriages.  Just so you know.

This may be an interesting ride.

The John Fullerton vs Austin Allison race will also be interesting. John Fullerton is one of two Republicans in the county that I speak to. (Disclosure: he does my taxes.) Can’t recall who the other one is. I got to know him during the brouhaha about the high school shop classes and I have a lot of respect for him. John has a long history of civic involvement, Austin’s is largely related to Union organizing at St Joe’s, a worthy endeavor if there ever were one. I give him credit for stepping up and I would vote for him if I lived in Eureka only because a vote for John is a vote for the status quo. (Disclosure: I donated to Austin’s campaign.) 

We will be offline for the next three weeks or so. Have a wonderful October!



Harbor Group Luncheon on Sept 28 Features City Council Candidates

The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group’s September luncheon features candidates for the Eureka City Council.  Austin Allison and John Fullerton face off in the 4th Ward while Heidi Messner is running unopposed in the 2nd Ward. Lunch is at noon at the Samoa Cookhouse, pork steak!  $15 for the full lunch, $11 for soup and salad. Call 441-1974 to RSVP and read about  it HERE.