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LONGVIEW POINT

The EGT - Export Grain Terminal
In a follow up to our Friday 09/09/11 Editorial in which we criticised the MARINE CAFE BLOG for an inappropriate sarcastic remark about the United States of America.  Today the following Media report was in the NAUTICAL LOG Press Folder in regard to arrests made in the Longview labor dispute.


From The Oregonian by Elliot Njus comes the following:


"Sheriff's deputies have arrested a Kelso, WA man in connection with a dramatic clash in a labor dispute in Longview, WA last week.  Police said more than 500 people broke into the Port of Longview early Thursday morning, assaulted a guard, damaged rail cars and spilled grain from the cars.  On Monday the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office arrested Ronald Patrick Stavas 45 on suspicion of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, intimidating a witness and sabotage, all felonies.  Sheriff Mark Nelson said he expected to make more arrests.


The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 has been picketing the port property since July saying members are entitled to work at the terminal because of a contract with the port.  EGT LLC the operator of the terminal has sued for the right to hire non-union labor though it has contracted with company that employs members of a different union.


The sheriff's office said about 200 people had been arrested since July mostly on trespassing charges Monday's arrest was the first felony charge."


In writing about events outside of one's own country it is most important to research all the facts and based on that knowledge to write for publication a factual and balanced Post.  MARINE CAFE BLOG did not, in this case, do that.  In addition they made a facetious comment about the United States which had nothing to do with the actual story about events at the Port of Longview, WA.  NAUTICAL LOG has requested that MARINE CAFE BLOG correct this, make an apology, however so far this has not occurred.  We have therefore taken down the website from our MY BLOG LIST.


Good Watch.

We still await assistance to and the rescue of the 400 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates both ashore and off the coast of Somalia.  We also still await the other maritime themed Blogs to join in writing a comment after each of their Posts similar to that of NAUTICAL LOG we are not now holding our breath in that regard.

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