Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Danforth is best choice for District Attorney

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An evacuated Lincoln City sits dark and intact

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Lincoln County District Attorney

I have lived in Lincoln County for several years, and last year I finally served on jury duty. In and out of the courthouse several times, I had the opportunity to watch lawyers both from the defense community and from the district attorney’s’ office. Lanee Danforth was by far the most impressive.

Although I ultimately wasn’t selected to sit on a jury, I went back just to watch Lanee’s argument in a very serious case. Her poise, confidence, thoroughness, and command of the law were simply remarkable. Lanee has my vote for district attorney because I would love to see her in a position of leadership where she could hire and train other prosecutors to perform at her level.

When I think of the qualities I would like to see in a district attorney, I think of someone who is an effective communicator, is professional, and who is committed to enforcing the law and keeping the community safe. That is Lanee. It is frustrating to me that the governor appointed Mr. Cable as our new district attorney — someone who has spent the last several years of his career as a defense attorney, working to keep criminals out of jail. Yes, he worked for the DA’s office before. Why did he leave? Is it that easy to change sides?

His biggest criticism of Lanee seems to be her age. Do we all need to be reminded that Judge Charles Littlehales became the Lincoln County District Attorney when he was 28 years old? He went on to have a four-decade-long distinguished career as a DA and judge, and was well-regarded by the legal community. I hope no one is suggesting the rules should be different for Lanee because she is a woman.

If I have learned anything in life, it is that doing something longer doesn’t necessarily make someone better. You don’t sit Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates, or LeBron James on the bench because they are young. You recognize and reward skill, talent and passion. Put Lanee in the game. Vote for her in the May election.

David Howard
Toledo, OR

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  1. Sick of the DA’s making “special deals” with repeat offenders. I guess it is good for job security, the revolving door justice system. Someone pleading guilty to his fourth “felon with a firearm” charge in 20 years should not get two years probation. Just waiting till he kills someone, are you?

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He was the soldier who became a skyjacker, the skyjacker who became a priest, and the priest who lived and died in Depoe Bay. He was D.B. Cooper, the most famous fugitive on earth, and he was my friend.

What COVID-19 “High Risk” means for Lincoln County

Oregon Health Authority officials increased Lincoln County's COVID-19 risk level Tuesday, moving it into the high-risk category and with it a new list of rules to follow.

The best hunt ever

There’s a reason they call it the Bull’s Bag, an unexpected five-mile coil in the Siletz River that confounds rookie drifters and appears on a map like the scrotum of an elk. It gets worse.

December is now upon us

I truly believe that even in the face of all that this year has thrown at us, that we are fortunate to have family and friends we can count on to help us get through difficult times.

Oregon reports 1,233 COVID-19 cases, 24 new deaths

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Depoe Bay’s Pogo Robison passes

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Lincoln County to reopen under ‘Phase 1’ Friday

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