The primary difference between Harbor District incumbents vs. candidates has been reduced to the Vision of Humboldt Bay. But in fact, it is really about a preference of inclusive vs. exclusive.
The Incumbents and their supporters believe the future of Humboldt Bay is about diversity. They are building on the success of the oyster industry because aquaculture has generated a reliable income stream. The Incumbent’s vision includes the shipment of logs, lumber and pulp chips. In fact, the Incumbents vision includes building a multi-purpose dock at Berth 2 that will handle virtually any commodity. The Incumbents recognize and acknowledge the cyclical nature of the forest products industry and they know the economics of shipping grains & nuts from Humboldt Bay are not economically feasible.
The Harbor District Candidates believe the future of Humboldt Bay is overseas shipping of logs, lumber, pulp chips, grains & nuts. The overseas market for forest products is currently very weak and will always be cyclical. It has been months since logs were last shipped; decades since lumber last shipped; and the current market for pulp chips is weakened by a glut of pulp and paper products. In fact, The Newberg, Oregon pulp mill just announced an indefinite closure.
Humboldt Voters….this election can be summarized in two words.. Inclusive vs. Exclusive
If you support a public multi-purpose dock on Humboldt Bay that would allow every citizen or company an equal opportunity to ship products overseas then vote for the Incumbents.
If you support private docks for the exclusive who would continue to repeat the same mistakes and expect a different result then vote for the Candidates.
Bob Simpson – Conservative Forest Industry Entrepreneur
The Examiner recommends that you join the Environmental community and vote for:
Pat Higgins http://www.higginsforharbor.com/
Greg Dale http://votegregdale.com/