Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Newton’s Third Law of Local Politics

On January 9, I wrote:
"Common understanding?" Chaney has just declared war on Whitman County. There will be no more Whitman County participation in future "water" or "knowledge corridor" summits. How can Chaney expect ANY cooperation now?
The January 25, edition of the Whitman County Gazette reported the following:
Also on the dues list was a $500 bill for the Palouse Basin Water Summit. Commssioners elected to withdraw from that group.

“Obviously, our neighbors decided to use that as a forum, and I don’t think we need to help them with that forum,” said Partch.

Finch said the summit turned out to be a “beat up Whitman County thing,” and said he could not support it.
And in another article:
Latah Economic Development Council is seeking representatives from local government entities on both sides of the state line to sit on a blue ribbon committee to develop a plan of developing a “knowledge corridor” between Washington State University and the University of Idaho.

No funds are currently committed, leaving local government leaders to question how much time to devote to the idea.

Meanwhile, County Commssioners questioned what they could bring to the table.

“We need to find out what they need from us before we go forward with this,” said County Commissioner Jerry Finch.

Commssioners were hesitant to put too much stock into the plan until it develops a cohesive strategy.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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