Since I first learned about the proposed HiTest silicon smelter in Newport I have attended numerous meetings including one of the so-called HiTest Executive Committee’s comprised of various public and non-public officials. Prior to the executive meeting I attended the boat launch meeting in Diamond Lake, where the citizens were told by the county commissioners their opinion did not matter. After that meeting I attended a PUD meeting where I was slandered in the public meeting and so was the Kalisbel Tribe after asking questions about the public land that was sold to HiTest. After these meetings I attended numerous Pend Oreille County meetings involving HiTest and a couple of Bonner County commission meetings.
After all these meetings just trying to get information about HiTest I became very aware that we now have a government that serves the government and the public has no place in it. Such as in the case of the Executive Committee. I learned the public has no voice and became very discouraged until our meeting this evening at the Oldtown City Hall with Mayor Loni Orr. We were made to feel at home and that our input was important and encouraged. Maybe that is why Oldtown has a fantastic economic growth and Newport is almost a ghost town.
The mayor brought up an excellent point. He said when politicians only talk to politicians they soon forget who they serve. This was very well received by me and all those present. It was a breath of fresh air. I wish we had more politicians with vision and who have hearts to serve. It gave me hope that maybe just maybe there are more public officials like the mayor.