“Man did not enter society to be worse off, or to have fewer rights, but rather to have those rights better secured”

― Thomas Paine

Our founding fathers objected to the tyranny imposed by the British government because they held, as did their communities, a profound conviction that their government did not represent them. Today, we face a similar situation with a dysfunctional Congress and a state government that exhibits a lack of understanding about the wants or needs of the communities they represent.

This disconnect is also reflected along the South Coast where leadership is caught between a romantic vision of the past timber industry and silver bullet solutions to boost the local economy. In an attempt to move forward, the South Coast Development Council in 2010 invited the American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team to help Coos County develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future. One of their conclusions stated unequivocally that Coos County residents want to have a voice in the process and hold a strong desire to control their collective destiny…

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