Not those kinds of circuses; the big ones like RBB&B and Cirque du Soleil don’t ever bother with a stop at the county fairgrounds, and even visits by smaller ones like Carson and Barnes are rare. But the nutters passed their feel-good measure banning “bullhooks”, whips, and other articles – although not really, since the measure only calls for a $500 fine if they are used to inflict “substantial physical pain” (whatever that is) upon an elephant or a primate or a feline.
In other words, it’s still perfectly legal for an elephant handler to carry and use an ankus to guide his charge, and it’s still perfectly legal for a “lion tamer” to crack his whip during the course of a performance. The measure is meaningless, but that’s the point: the whole idea behind it is to help the nutters feel as though they’re “making a difference”, “standing up for animals”, and generally feel good about themselves.
It’s just like the #bring back our girls campaign; totally bereft of any value, save as a means for the lazy and uninformed to stroke their egos while showing that “they care”.
Meanwhile, mayors in the south County towns of Seaside, Cannon Beach, and Gearhart (where the hell is Gearhart?) have sent a strongly-worded missive to the Daily Astorian, criticizing once again the operation of a port that isn’t in their respective towns – that being, of course, the Port of Astoria:
One would assume with the hundreds of thousands of dollars the taxpayers provide the Port of Astoria, along with lease payments, cruise ship and moorage fees, grants and loans from the state of Oregon, and other revenue, the Port would be able to fulfill its mission: provide economic development services throughout the county, maintain and improve their infrastructure and meet all financial obligations.
This appears not to be the case. From our perspective, the Port has been unable to do any of these things.
Apparently blissfully unaware of the state’s dismal track record when it comes to handling just about anything more challenging than accepting dinner invitations from lobbyists, they believe that the Port should be taken over, to one degree or another (the details are left to the imagination) by the state. The honorable mayors seem to believe that the Port of Astoria is in dire need of fundamental reorganization (and on that, they have a point) and that the state’s the perfect venue by which to accomplish that (see: Cover Oregon, CRC, highway 20).
In Clatsop County, there’s always an entertaining circus; it just rarely features animals or acrobats. There are, however, a good number of clowns.