The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners deserves a collective pat on the back for deciding to reinstate the voters pamphlet.
Earlier this year, a group of citizens lobbied to bring back the publication, which highlights candidates and issues, offering facts not endorsements. The county produces one for busy elections in even-numbered years, but had stopped producing one on odd years when more minor boards and one-time ballot measures are determined.
The residents, speaking as individuals but with a united theme, urged county leaders to reconsider, saying the pamphlet was most needed when these less newsworthy issues and smaller boards are on the ballot.
After some study, and a review of financial and practical implications, county leaders agreed to reinstate the pamphlet for all elections.
It’s pleasing when government is responsive to the public’s needs. And when it happens, it is appropriate to point it out.