Policy spheres are complex; democracy is supposed to be that way - easy answers do not often rise to the level of public debate. And in a free state, robust and transparent dialogue is a blessing - even when we want to pull our hair out as a result. In simplest terms, these principles are offered so that they may be "factored" into the equation, whenever possible.
Consider them as a foundation; a starting point - rather than destination - for a shared public adventure involving a peaceful revolution of community practice, of citizen spirit. Even though every aspect within public policy-making is defined through circumstance, we can - and must - seek out a framework that advances polices we favor, retards those that we disfavor.
Hopefully these principles will help you determine the right "balance" for you. If not, at least they will inspire dialogue (both internal, and external) that will strengthen our Oregon. Hopefully, these conversations will eventually lead our community into the serious - shared - community-wide dialogue about the mechanics of rebuilding the Oregon we aspire to become.
Homeland Security - More than a Fence
- Robust emergency management structure with investments in disaster mitigation, response, recovery, and review strategies
- Collaboration among private/public organizations for rapid delivery of materiel, personnel, and resources during times of crisis
- Coordination of preventative measures for both human and nature caused catastrophe: standardization of equipment, procedures, and training
- Effective Homeland Security is safe streets, secure borders - but also breathable air, unsullied lands, and clean water
- Restructure of Citizens Corps