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Forming new city is the 'rational' choice

Tim Roberts, an opponent of forming our own city and a proponent of joining Tigard, wrote in his Sept. 14 letter to the editor that when we vote on forming the city of Bull Mountain in November, that we should 'consider the issues rationally, not emotionally.'

We agree. That's why we're going to vote for the only rational alternative, which is to form our own city and to bring rational leadership to Bull Mountain. We don't want any more of the irrational city of Tigard government, which on Bull Mountain means maximum development, clear-cutting of our beautiful trees, no parks and open spaces, and a noticeable disdain for our area and its people.

Fortunately, as the 2004 annexation vote proved, Mr. Roberts is in the 10 percent minority who voted for the status quo from Tigard, not in the 90 percent majority who said 'enough is enough.' We're voting yes for a new beginning for Bull Mountain and to finally have local control over our community to implement our priorities, not Tigard's or anyone else's.

BARBARA AND TOM LAURITZEN

Unincorporated Bull Mtn.

Starting new city is not that easy

Creating a new Bull Moun-tain city is similar to thinking you can create a new store in competition with Wal-Mart and offer the same everyday low prices. Possible, but not probable.

Creating new city offices, offering similar levels of police protection, selecting and hiring quality personnel, funding retirement and employee benefit plans, establishing and funding a risk-management program, obtaining park land at $500,000 per acre, and managing all aspects of a city are tasks requiring significant start-up capital and working capital.

If the voters create a new city they better be prepared to pay up. I am voting no, as I am not prepared to pay up.

M. DENNIS GOODE

Unincorporated Bull Mtn.

Commissioners speak to Glenn shooting

We are all saddened by the death of Lukus Glenn and our hearts go out to his family. We are also respectful of the difficult decisions law enforcement officers from all agencies must make every day to ensure our safety.

As readers may know, an investigation about the Metzger shooting is underway by the district attorney's office and the Washington County Major Crimes Team. Highly experienced detectives from a half dozen law enforcement agencies in Washington County, under the leadership of the Washington County district attorney, are thoroughly gathering and analyzing all available information about this tragic incident.

Like everyone else concerned about the loss of a life and the impact of such an incident on the family of the young man as well as the deputies and their families, we must await the results of the district attorney's review. The district attorney's function is limited to determining whether any criminal charges are warranted as a result of anyone's conduct in connection with this incident and whether to present the case to a grand jury.

The sheriff and his staff also carefully review every incident involving the use of force by deputies. They examine whether existing policies are followed; they will determine whether policy changes are needed and work to ensure that deputies have access to all the resources and equipment needed to successfully resolve such incidents without resorting to deadly force if possible. Through this effort, they will also identify lessons learned that can be included in the regular use-of-force training received by all deputies.

Please join us in patiently waiting for the time necessary to obtain the results of these thorough and impartial investigations.

TOM BRIAN, chairman, Board of County Commissioners and commissioners DICK SCHOUTEN, JOHN LEEPER, ROY ROGERS and ANDY DUYCK