Previous letter based on ‘erroneous’ information or opinion

To the editor:

I invite Virginia Chapman, author of the "Still many questions around Common Core issue"' letter printed in the April 16 letter to the editor to meet with me and show me where she found the information to support the statements she made in her letter.

I have thoroughly read the Common Core Standards and in my opinion, she has either read the wrong document, is deliberately trying to mislead or is merely parroting erroneous information she has collected from some other source.

Let's be truthful in what we say.

Robert Phillips


Voters urged to vote ‘yes’ on Aurora bond fire measure

To the editor:

The Aurora Rural Fire District Board is asking voters to approve a .49 cent per $1,000 general obligation bond on the May ballot. As vice president of our fiscally conservative board, I strongly urge a ‘yes’ vote on Measure 24-367 to build a needed central station near the Donald interchange, in the geographical center of the district, and to purchase new fire apparatus to replace engines which are at the end of their useful lives.

The new central station on Ehlen Road near I-5 will more efficiently serve the rural Clackamas and Marion county residents. Approximately two-thirds of the people we serve live outside the cities of Donald and Aurora. The Donald and Aurora stations, both over 50 years old and built of cinder blocks, will receive seismic updates to have a better chance of surviving future earthquakes.

The new central station provides critically needed training facilities to support our firefighters, the majority of these are volunteers.

The board has scaled the central station design back to the basics. These are common sense updates to our district’s life safety infrastructure needed to have us ready and able to respond with fire and life safety services when our citizens call 911.

Vote “yes” on 24-367.

Greg Leo


Bowerman simply not familiar enough with area to be effective

To the editor:

It disturbs me when people move to Oregon to escape someplace unpleasant, and immediately want to change the way we do things here. It’s more disturbing when these greenhorns seek elected office without living here long enough to fully comprehend the complexities of our political values.

Case in point; Karen Bowerman, a transplant from California, now living in Lake Oswego, wants to be a Clackamas County Commissioner.

To be a good commissioner, one has to have firsthand knowledge of both the history of this county and complicated nature of the people who call this place home. Being such a newbie I find it impossible to imagine that Mrs. Bowerman is remotely qualified for this task.

To illustrate my point, she recently declared she supports “very aggressive development of the Stafford Basin.” This, in spite of the fact that a strong majority of the taxpayers in the region, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin and Stafford Hamlet have been trying to preserve the rural legacy of this area for over 25 years.

I don’t always agree with commissioner Paul Savas, he has been around long enough to understand us and our counties’ complex issues.

Don’t Californicate Clackamas County, re-elect Paul Savas.

Dave Adams

Stafford Hamlet

Bates demonstrates type of leadership commission needs

To the editor:

For Position 5 on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, I am supporting a man who has for years demonstrated the type of leadership I appreciate and hope for every time I mark my ballot.

I am supporting Steve Bates because of my close observation of the honesty and sincerity of his leadership during the past four years while I was a reporter for newspapers in the Boring area of Clackamas County.

Bates’ style of leadership gives the power to the people he represents. At meetings and visits to his home office, I was impressed with his exhaustive research on current topics. He listens to people’s views, says what he’s thinking and doesn’t put political spin on anything.

Bates is an extremely organized person who would be an excellent addition to the commission.

He would bring added integrity to a board that has not always enjoyed the esteem and respect of local residents. He also would keep the board on task, add new ideas and increase its collective knowledge with his incessant research into agenda topics.

This position is likely to be decided in the primary, so please vote in May for Steve Bates for Commissioner No. 5. Visit for information.

Jim Hart


Vote on library spending a nice change of pace

To the editor:

It’s finally happening. The good citizens of Canby will soon receive a ballot giving them the right to vote on a huge expenditure — a new combination civic center-library. This upcoming citizen vote on an urban renewal project will be a first for Canby — a first for Oregon.

Canby’s Urban Renewal was launched in 1999.

Millions were borrowed for the industrial park, a remodeled downtown, a new police station and more. All these extraordinary tax obligations were decided by former mayors and councilors — Canby citizens were not allowed to vote.

Fast forward to today. Our current mayor and city councilors have worked diligently to find the smartest way to spend the millions that previous city leaders borrowed without voter approval.

Legally, these millions must be spent to avoid an astronomical financial penalty.

If Canby turns down the project, the council will revisit the initial urban renewal list of projects to determine where to spend that money that is sitting idly in the bank.

Regardless how you feel about urban renewal, please exercise your right to vote on Ballot Measure 3-436. Then, thank our current city council and mayor for seeking our advice.

It’s really nice to know that our opinion matters.

Bob Backstrom


North Marion school bond worth support of the voters

To the editor:

The North Marion School Board is asking for community support. The responsibility for the budget is a priority and we manage the money in the most responsible way.

That is why we are trying again for the community’s support for this four-year levy. If we pass the $513,336 levy, we get an additional $300,000 free grant money from the state each year. This free money is one of the driving forces behind the campaign. Our budget has been slashed over the last five years and we are very far behind in purchasing instructional materials, security and needed repairs, etc.

Important points:

1. We have the lowest tax rate in the local four-county area, and will still have the lowest if this passes.

2. $300,000-plus in free grant money per year if passed

3. “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela

4. For the price of one pizza a month you can make a difference in the education or our children.

For more information please go to

Thank you for supporting our students.

Julie Miller

North Marion School Board

Friends of Library ask for ‘yes’ vote on library measure

To the editor:

The Friends of the Canby Public Library are encouraging Canby citizens to vote ‘yes’ on Measure 3-436. This is an advisory measure submitted by the Canby City Council seeking positive voter support for the construction of a 21st century library and a civic center, joining all city departments in one place.

At our February annual meeting, we were joined by Mayor Brian Hodson and Councilor Greg Parker asking for our endorsement of the measure.

After hearing from the mayor and councilor that the entire council is in favor of proceeding with the building project, the Friends board agreed to lend our support.

After completion of the combined building, existing city properties can be sold and the city will have a functioning civic facility housing all city departments, and a much needed beautiful new library.

A “yes” vote does not raise taxes, a no vote does not lower taxes, and the money is already sitting in the bank waiting to be put to work. Please join us in support of a new civic center-library.

Joyce Ares, president

Board of directors

Friends of the Canby Public Library

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