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You Keep A Knockin' 

Dear Mr. Conger,

Please stop knocking on doors. You agitate my dogs when you do so. Surprisingly, some of us like to sleep in on the weekends. Please stop using paper door hangers to promote yourself. You talk about wanting a "Green revolution" for Oregon yet you are wasting paper products on doorknobs to promote yourself (interestingly enough, they are not printed on recycled paper.) Are you riding your bicycle around town while you promote yourself or are you being shuttled around in a gas-powered vehicle? If so, is it a hybrid or electrical vehicle? I would guess you're an SUV man.

Shockingly enough, there is this amazing invention called the internets (some people like to call it the interwebz) where you can reach out to millions of people without sucking oil from the earth or cutting down trees to print flyers. I did visit your website (that is a lovely celery green background you have) and found absolutely no sense of public forum or community. You do have a nice little banner for a Facebook link that is "Coming Soon." While I know the 20 minutes it takes to set up a Facebook group is a lot of time, maybe it is worth getting the hamsters turning their wheels a little faster to make sure that happens. Do you Twitter? Release Podcasts? Maybe hold online conversations? All great things to look into and again, don't mess up the environment that you seem to care about.

And while I am at it, I wanted to learn more about what you stand for so I read through your whole site to learn more. What did I learn? Not much. I understand that you are probably still sorting some of this out, but I care about specific issues, not just abstract fluff.

For example:

"I am a strong believer in our state's power to leverage innovative new technologies in renewable energy to create new jobs and a cleaner environment. A "Green" revolution in cost competitive renewable energy is coming no matter what we decide here in Oregon. But the question we must ask is "Will Oregon lead the way or follow along behind?" We can and should be at the forefront of developing renewable energy technology. This will be a major priority for me and is an area where I will work across party lines to find opportunities and sensible solutions."

Give some specifics! Does wind energy float your boat? Are you hot and bothered by solar energy? Do you have a deep dark desire for more dams and hydroelectric contraptions messing with our rivers and watersheds? You say something, but really you say nothing.

At the risk of sounding cliche, think outside the box. Paper fliers on doorknobs and disturbing my Saturday morning rest don't impress me. Say something bold. Heck, say something specific. Show us what you are made of. Right now all I see is fluff and someone talking the talk, but not walking the walk.

Michael Christensen

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