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Letters to the Editor Oct. 4

Vote Kight onto council for experience, stability

Jim Kight should be elected to Troutdale City Council. He has the experience, interest and knowledge of city affairs to again take his seat on the council.

Several years ago, I wrote a complaining letter to the council. Jim Kight took more than a cursory interest in my problem. He took my complaint seriously and actually came to the house to investigate my complaint … on his own time away from his photography business.

Jim Kight has the love of community, experience, intelligence and stability to be elected to Troutdale City Council.

ROBERT J. CONDON

Troutdale

Poor planning is paving way for Wal-Mart

There seems to be a lot of activity of roads being built up on Powell. Are you telling me none of that money has come from Wal-mart? Right around the future store, all these poor rentals are being built - customers for Wal-mart? One more interesting thing I see on Powell, you cannot get to local businesses easily because of all the supposed cement dividers with planters being put in. Looks like another way for Wal-mart to have more customers. People don't want the hassle of having to turn around to get to, say, the local paint store.

I am ready to move out of Gresham. I have a decent house right in West Gresham with a decent neighborhood, yet it appears Gresham does not care about good neighborhoods. The planning just does not seem to look at that. You can see it with Rockwood as well. It's getting worse and worse.

The decisions that are being made here in this town will be looked at with disdain in years to come. Whatever happened to pursuing a Trader Joes?

SHERRY CONNER

Gresham

Rob Brading can't be trusted to protect kids

Our leaders' voting records should reflect a desire to protect our kids. When Rob Brading voted to oppose filters on our library's computers and legally challenge the Children's Internet Protection Act before the U.S. Supreme Court, children lost.

This action speaks volumes about Rob Brading's priorities. These filters would have protected our children from images of violence against women, child pornography and sexual acts. I think we all can agree that we can't afford to have our children exposed to harmful Internet pornography. Please don't let Rob Brading represent us. Our kids need a leader who will always vote to protect them.

TONI MANNING

Gresham

Smear campaign simply politics at its worst

On Sept. 19, The Outlook ran a letter to the editor ('Brading doesn't comply with community standards') from Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries.org, of Chatham, N.J., who touted his Web site and engaged in yet another attack on Rob Brading's library board service.

While Kleinman ran through the series of perfunctory talking points we all have memorized by now, he failed to mention that he receives a commission each time someone signs up for Internet filtering software through certain ads on his 'non-profit' Web sites.

Succumb to his demands or he'll publicly condemn you as a pornographer - is that his marketing strategy? A quick Google search reveals that Kleinman engages in a similar pattern of public intimidation and loud-mouthed bullying in communities across the country, even though he is located in New Jersey.

A review of his and other associated Web sites shows that these Internet filtering products - which they demand be installed in public schools and libraries - are specifically designed to further a political agenda by targeting and blocking political views and information that the software company and other like-minded individuals want to suppress.

Why should a school or a library be forced to install Internet filters that block sites based on the unilateral dictates of self-appointed 'moral authorities' who are in fact agenda-driven partisans?

While Kleinman feels free to insinuate himself into any community and smear a person's good name in front of their families, life-long friends and colleagues, good luck trying to find anything other than a generic e-mail address to reach him. Clearly he values privacy and personal security for himself and his family, but not for those he doesn't agree with politically. This is extreme politics at its ugliest.

MICHELLE NEUMANN

Portland

Minnis could have worked on lowering drug prices

In Karen Minnis' 'Pie in the Sky' campaign hit piece against her opponent, Rob Brading, she says his desire to lower the cost of prescription drugs is a tired attempt to 'dupe' senior voters. The truth is she can't envision a world in which drug prices don't increase every year because she's taking a ton of money from their lobby and that's what they expect in return.

The Senate passed a bill to use Oregon's statewide buying power to reduce drug prices. Speaker Minnis prevented the House from voting on that bill, which is why Measure 44 is on the November ballot - to let the people lead where Minnis won't.

Had there been different leadership in Salem, Measure 44 would already be state law and not just 'pie in the sky.'

CHRISTY WALKER

Troutdale

Help Mt. Hood college remain strong in future

Mt. Hood Community College is the only public institution of higher education east of the Willamette River and has been a source of pride and helped with the education of more than 800,000 students.

However, our taxpayers must now help MHCC stay strong for the future by voting yes on the bond measure in November as an investment in the facility.

The college is celebrating its 40th birthday this year and has not had a bond to help with maintenance since 1974. Homeowners should realize it is like an old house in need of serious repair. We cannot continue to protect our investment with 'band aid' repairs.

Safety and security designed for 1966 simply isn't good enough for 2006.

Please vote yes and tell your friends and relatives the college we all love needs help in November. For more information on the facts of the bond measure or how you can help, visit our Web site at friendsofmhcc.com. MHCC ensures opportunities for people of the area to change their lives - to stay strong for the future there must be an investment in the facility.

Beverly Russell

MHCC Board of Education Member

Welches

Re-elect Norm Thomas to Troutdale City Council

Last fall when my husband and I attempted to start a business in downtown Troutdale, we ran into some problems with the space we were trying to rent. We were having trouble getting a dialogue going with the city and were frustrated with all the dead ends.

Somehow, Norm got wind of our difficulties and immediately called me and asked what he could do to help. We had a meeting with all the concerned parties, and Norm made it a point to attend that meeting and track our progress as we worked our way through the process.

Even though we ultimately had to change our plans and our location, we appreciate all the effort Norm went to; we feel he really wanted to help us get our business established.

One of the main reasons we decided to open our business in Troutdale was because of the small town feeling and supportive merchant environment.

Norm Thomas enhanced that decision; he doesn't just care about the city of Troutdale, he cares about the people who are the city.

DONNIE R. ENDICOTT

Troutdale

Brading's waffling does not inspire confidence

I wish Rob Brading would pick a position on the First Amendment and stick to it. Brading was on the board that voted to advise the county commissioners to protect the right to view any and all Web sites on library computers, stating that it was their right under the First Amendment.

When Toni Manning's daughter was exposed to pornography in libraries, she took a stand and let his position be known.

Later, his own campaign sued Toni Manning for using her First Amendment rights to tell her little girl's story in a flier she passed around the district.

Now Brading wants to tax pornography 25 percent. Had he done his homework, before broadcasting this plan in his TV commercial, he would know that a tax like this is deemed illegal under the Oregon Constitution's free speech clause.

Brading goes back and forth so much, I don't know where he really stands on anything, and that is not the type of person I want representing me in Salem. I will not be voting for Rob Brading in November.

MARY RICH

Troutdale