It's strong words to call someone a liar. But I'll do just that. The Measure 37-loving Oregonians in Action folks are spreading lies about a carefully crafted effort to restore fairness and balance to Oregon's land use laws.
Measure 49, which will be voted on in November, doesn't bear much resemblance to OIA's misleading descriptions of it. This is reason enough to say "Yes on 49," because the group that misled Oregonians about Measure 37 is at it again with Measure 49.
People are fed up with the fiction that Measure 37 was meant to allow claimants to build a single home on land that pointy-headed bureaucrats had decreed, "This shalt be farmland, forever and ever."
The reality is much different, as a bunch of Measure 37 horror stories demonstrate. So I'm confident that voters won't fall for OIA dirty tricks again. After being fooled once, it's going to be a lot tougher for OIA to play the Poor Dorothy English game this time around.
For one thing, truth-tellers like Peter Bray over at Land Use Watch won't let OIA get away with their habitual disrespect for facts. Peter already has demolished the first pack of OIA lies here and here.
I note that Peter calls OIA's statements about Measure 49 "falsehoods" and "mistruths." True enough. But these guys aren't dummies, though the over-the-top screaming style of the OIA web site can leave that impression.
No, David Hunnicutt and his cronies know what they're doing. They realize they can't win on the issues, because 61% of Oregonians want Measure 37 to be either repealed or fixed. And that number is only going to go up as accurate information about the effects of Measure 37 is provided to voters.
I've been trying to do my part. Salem Monthly published my "Rural Wells Threatened by Measure 37" piece. Our neighborhood is fighting a proposed 42 home Measure 37 subdivision on groundwater limited farmland. It's precisely the sort of unneeded dangerous development that Measure 49 will limit.
Like I said in a letter to the editor, "Well users have property rights, too." Measure 37 allows a claimant to take away the right of people already living in an area to have water come out of their taps. Without water, a rural home is just about worthless. Measure 49 will help prevent this by allowing a maximum of three homes on groundwater limited land.
Lots of people who voted for Measure 37 are regretting that they did. Check out this YouTube video that features a neighbor of ours, Don Dean. He's a Republican who didn't know what he was getting when he checked "Yes" on the Measure 37 ballot. This November, he'll be remedying that by voting Yes on Measure 49.