This year’s Candidates Night event took place from 6 pm until 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Feb 21. In addition to in-person attendance, members could view the event via Zoom, although Zoom allowed only 100 attendees to log in – many would-be Zoom attendees were thus shut out. 49 questions were submitted, but only 13 were…

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In childhood, we all learned to believe in democracy, the fundamental principle that the right of a government to regulate our lives derives from the consent of the governed. A government is democratic only to the extent that decisions made by that government accurately reflect what decisions the voters as a whole would make if…

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Political figures at the community level often frame criticism of their voting record and policies as “personal attacks” for important strategic reasons. This strategy can serve as a diversionary tactic. It shifts the focus from the objective and substantive issues that interest the community, such as a candidate’s on-the-record statements, voting record or policy positions,…

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Editor’s note: What follows is the body of an Email sent by Hugh Helm to OVA Board candidates and sitting Board members, on Feb 13, 2024. The Subject line read “Board Power or People Power”. Greetings Everyone: There is a recent article in the Oakmont Observer I wrote entitled ”Why OVA Bylaws Have Not Been…

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