The debate to end all debates!
by Doc Robinson
So anyway, the League of Women voters held political debates recently so the people could see their candidates. About twelve people attended. The PDN could not be bothered to cover it. The League did not film it for you to watch later on YouTube.
This was a victory for the politicians and their two parties. It is too bad because one of those candidates is quite candid about this being a step up the political ladder and that he is not interested in finishing his current city council term or this new post. His eyes are set on the State House. The other is wedded to logging interests, which would be fantastic if logging could provide more than a few long-term career jobs.
So we are caught between one machine politician passing through and another looking backwards. Meanwhile at least one unknown candidate is proposing real strategies for bringing new jobs with good pay to our young people. But do you know his name?
How could you? Let’s look at how this deck is stacked. The two parties decide which familiar face will keep them in power and they put their money there. The professional associations then follow the two parties. So the official candidates have public money and the others can spend their own. But wait a minute; this position pays less than minimum wage! So not only does the candidate have to want to serve, but they must also be rich. The local media helps by not covering the debates, so nobody has a chance to read about the positions. The result is that nothing changes.
What you missed was about Choices!
Your Port Commission creates jobs.
Will they be tourism jobs that pay $13 an hour?
Do you want to run an aerial tram for $13 per hour?
Do you want to make beds and wash bathrooms for $13 per hour?
Do you want to cook for $13 per hour?
Will they be logging Jobs?
Do you want to log? I get it. I did it (cutter in the 70’s.) Makes good money.
And, you know it is ending. Used to be there were 60 logging trucks a
day through town. Now, sometimes we have 3. How about a different career
with good pay, one where you’re not looking over your shoulder for a pink
Will you work in good paying Marine and Manufacturing jobs?
Do you want to work in skilled trades starting at $23 per hour?
What’s the difference tourism and trades?
Making enough to ask the person you love to marry you.
Making enough to buy that first house and start a family.
Going home each night with job skills growth on your mind and pride of
One candidate is focused entirely on new good jobs. Doc Robinson backs:
Carbon fiber jobs – recycle it and create businesses here to build everything
from skateboards to drones to auto and boat parts. And, before we spend a
dime we make sure our recycled carbon will sell for less and be as good as
what companies buy now.
Wood production jobs – help our young entrepreneurs succeed at making
and selling wood products – from designer furniture, to bee hives, to
whatever idea they can do well and the markets will buy. Our men and
women have the woodworking skills, they need loans and local business
trainers so we take our wood, make it into something of beauty and purpose,
employ more people and sell our wood for a lot more money .
Logging jobs – be a thorn in the side of State DNR to open lands. We don’t
have to sit by and let the state withhold land. Sure we don’t have control, but
that means we need to be a creative, vocal and visible pain in their backsides.
Pollution cleanup jobs – our Port waters & lands have pollution sites waiting
endlessly for cleanup. The lawyers have this in the courts and are enjoying
feeding off federal, state and local money with endless delay. You and I
cannot stop them. But we can take this time to get ready for the day when
cleanup actually starts. Business, banks, the City, County, Port and the
College need to work together to make a new private company – Clallam
Pollution Cleanup, Inc. Pollution cleanup is a growing national and
international business. We have 7 different sites to train our young men and
women in this career. When our cleanup begins, our Clallam company needs
to be ready to win the bids and go on to win them elsewhere with our people.
Marine industry jobs – The Port is not close to capacity. We need to attract
new Marine business. Meanwhile, Anacortes is slowly squeezing their
Marine Industry because all their new retirees want something else. Good
for us. We need to campout over there and show them we are committed to
their success in our deep-water port.
County Labor Rule – We need a new rule. If you bid on any Port or County
Project fifty percent of your workers must live in Clallam and these jobs must
be evenly distributed across all job levels from trainee to executives.
Tourism – Tourism is good. It brings cash flow. But we all know in tourist
jobs the company owners can make money and the employees make $13
per hour. So, the Port will only lease to small local shops. Let many of our
people start small tourist businesses. Do not allow the large tourism
corporations to lease spots in the port. Anything a corporation can do, three
or four of our local business people can do better. Then we need anchor
attractions to bring our many visitors down out of the Park and into downtown Port Angeles, Forks and Sequim. For Port Angeles and John Wayne Marina it might be to buy the old Coast Guard Cutter Enis and John Wayne’s trawler, both are currently for sale and pretty cheap. A tram has also been proposed and if it can get past the problem of looking in people’s bedroom windows, it is a great idea. We need to make the National Park, the “other reason” they came to Clallam County.
Never sell Port land – Old real estate rule. Land value keeps going up
because they aren’t making any more. It is a County legacy to be managed for
the benefit of county residents.
The candidate who has these ideas and is talking to as many people as possible to make these ideas better and find new ones is Rick “Doc” Robinson.
This candidate is not currently serving as a Councilman and is not looking to abandon the job he was voted to do. This candidate does not owe the political parties or the industry groups. He is not climbing a political ladder to some other job. This candidate is not holding onto the past. He is doing everything to help logging while moving forward. He is Rick “Doc” Robinson.
It’s pretty simple. Our young men and women need new kinds of jobs. The Port is our Business Engine.
The candidate you never heard of, Rick “Doc” Robinson, wants to be your Commissioner to use our Port engine to make new jobs with good pay.
I want our young people stay here, to make families and buy homes, to build ourselves back to the economy we had when logging was king with 60 trucks a day passing through town. And it’s a funny thing we see over and over, when our young people feel like they can make it, then they raise kids who think the same and drug use and crime go way down. It’s time for jobs and change.
All this was in the debate you never saw, with the candidate you do not know. So whether or not you vote for me, you need to call the PDN and the League to account so you have choice.
Rick “Doc” Robinson