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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 5

Tobias Read best bet for House Dist. 27

Tobias Read is the best candidate for House District 27 because he has made schools a top priority. He has been a dedicated classroom volunteer and understands education issues. He has a plan for school improvement that places Oregon students at the top of the list.

Tobias will stabilize school funding with a Rainy Day Fund, ensure small class sizes and guarantee a full school year for all students.

He will make education a top priority in Salem.

Join me in voting for Tobias Read on Nov. 7.

JADA PEARSON

Beaverton

Clear choice for HD 34 is Bonamici

The candidates for state representative in House District 34 present a clear choice for voters.

Suzanne Bonamici has an extensive record of community service in our area - the bulk of which involves public education. My two sons graduated from Beaverton public schools and directly benefited from Suzanne's contributions.

In addition, her professional background as a consumer protection attorney reflects her commitment to her fellow citizens.

In contrast, much of Joan Draper's community involvement has been centered on partisan political activity. Her volunteerism includes the United Way. Joan's professional credentials as a banker centered on profitability may have served her employer, but not necessarily her community.

I intend to vote for candidates whose priorities reflect issues important to me and my neighbors - stable funding for schools and other essential public services; affordable and accessible healthcare for all; as well as environmental protection.

The choice is clear. I'm voting for Suzanne Bonamici.

NANCY THOMPSON

Beaverton

Biggi shares values, beliefs of district

Dom Biggi is the right choice for state representative because he shares the values and beliefs of the district.

Education is a top priority for Dom. He will work tirelessly in Salem to strive for excellence and accountability in our schools. Dom wants to help generate the capital needed to build new classrooms. He believes stability comes from a growing economy and more jobs.

As state representative, he will break down the barriers that keep businesses from locating and succeeding here. As state representative, Dom will come to Salem with a renewed focus on transportation. He will focus on securing funds for roads, not just light rail.

Dom Biggi is right on the issues, and he is simply the right person for the job.

STUART HALL

Cedar Mill

Keep school system best: vote for bond

We are writing to urge our fellow seniors to support the Beaverton School District bond measure to be voted on Nov. 7.

During the past 70 years in Beaverton almost everything has changed. We have gone from a small village to a big city. One thing, however, has not changed at all - that is the value of supporting our schools, just as we have over all these past years.

Keeping our school system 'the very best' is still and always will be the most important thing we do.

HOMER and NANCY SPEER

Beaverton

Passing school bond makes good sense

Passing the Beaverton School District's bond measure for schools makes good sense.

Our schools are already badly overcrowded and the district is growing at a clip of more than 700 students a year. This measure will add 100 new classrooms throughout the district and add two new elementary schools as well as make structural repairs.

Just as important, the measure will allow the district to buy land for future school construction. That is an extremely cost-effective move when you consider the land in the district is now nearly100 times more expensive than when land was purchased for Southridge High School.

Vote 'yes' to invest in our future. It makes good educational and economic sense.

JANIS COLLINS

Beaverton

A vote for Bonamici is vote for education

In the race for House District 34, it's feast or famine. We have an abundance of reasons to vote for Suzanne Bonamici, tireless advocate for public education, who has put in hundreds of hours in Beaverton schools, volunteering in classrooms, on site councils, on the board of the Beaverton Education Foundation. Suzanne possesses a critical understanding of our schools' strengths, needs and challenges.

Not a one-issue candidate, Suzanne is well versed on all issues facing Oregonians. As a former consumer-protection attorney, she has experience fighting identity theft and fraud, ever increasing threats to our livelihoods.

Bonamici's opponent, Joan Draper, has been a banker for the past 30 years. Draper's name was filed at the deadline by well-funded backers who needed to fill a slot in an important race. They've made education Draper's 'top priority.'

To discriminating voters, this seems surprisingly light and less filling.

SARAH EPSTEIN

Vista Hills

Bike riders need to know rules of road

I would suggest to car drivers that they look up the rules of the roads for bike riders. I feel strongly that most of the car/bike accidents are caused by bike riders not following the rules of the road, resulting in unsafe actions by bike riders.

For example, bike riders are suppose to have flashing lights, which would help when car drivers have to deal with the sun in their eyes and a smaller moving object races by them.

Bike riders are allowed to overtake on the right side of a car that is turning left. That makes sense, but if a car is turning right and is slowing down, bike riders should slow down or they will be meeting the car just as it is turning.

A bike rider needs to take precautions and responsibility for his/her safety. They are supposed to ride single file and as close to the curb as possible.

If a bike rider follows the rules it is a big help to the traffic issues and shows respect for all on the road.

I personally feel bike riders should have license tags for identification if they are operating incorrectly on the road and they should be required to have insurance like cars.

If bike riders want respect, they need to know you get what you give. One can't force respect. It is earned and deserved.

JUDY PATTERSON

Beaverton

Nike right, now it's time for a change

Now that our courts have made the obvious ruling on our city council's inability to be honest and truthful, I think it's time to ask the next obvious question: Isn't it time for a new mayor and staff?

I have been a resident of Aloha for nearly 40 years (and the other six years in Beaverton), and have seen the annexation 'bullying' within Mr. Drake's administration more than once. My parents, living on Cooper Mountain where I was raised, dealt with this city council's attempts several years ago. Only through determination and the alliance of the neighborhood, were they able to defeat attempts to 'bring them into the fold.' And during their trials they too dealt with deception and untruths.

I am so thankful to Nike and Phil Knight for bringing this issue to the forefront. Many people thought Nike was taking it too far, but as we now see, if they hadn't we would not know this truth today. Sometimes it takes a giant (Nike) to show us the true colors of another.

I hope most of the community understands what this means - that the court system, not Nike, not just little ol' me or you, but our court system, has ruled that they lied and were deceptive. Thank you Phil for not giving up on us little guys. And thank you for not giving in to this mayor and his staff.

I love my town and I love our community. I think we are some of the luckiest people on the planet to be able to live in such a beautiful, caring community. But I think it's time for a change. How long can one mayor delegate over a city? Why do we not have term limits for Mayors? I think it's time for this term to be up.

KATHY HOWE

Aloha

Libraries help our children succeed

I homeschooled my daughter for seven years and the Washington County Cooperative Libraries were a priceless resource. We used not only our small local library, but also the resources of all the libraries in our network.

Through our county library programs we also had easy access to libraries in neighboring counties and to libraries outside of our area as well. As a result, her education was greatly enriched, and she developed a passion for learning that has continued through college.

Libraries encourage our students to explore their interests, expand their knowledge and develop skills that will help them succeed in school and later in the workplace.

Measure 34-126 would give our libraries the operating funds needed to keep up with increased usage and population growth. Please vote 'yes' to ensure that they will continue to be able to meet the needs of all of our students.

BECKY CLARK

Raleigh Hills

Education bond measure needed

There is no question that we need to reinvest in our educational system. Our kids need the space to learn and facility upgrades will only be more costly if we wait to do the educational improvements for the sciences and arts, and acquire land for our future needs. This bond is appropriate in size to address the needs of our community by giving our children the better tools they need to start competing in a global job market.

A positive impact on our educational system is positive for our community, providing a better standard of living and more appealing neighborhoods. A 'yes' vote will protect the investments we have made in our homes and, above all, the investment we know we need to make in our youth.

GEORGE and DEBBIE KYLER

Cedar Mill

Library levy will restore cuts

The Beaverton City Library has been built since 2000. Our responsibility now is to keep it and the other 12 county libraries operating. The library is a showcase for our community, not only for its building, but what happens inside its rather new walls.

Small children and youth regularly visit the strong programs offered. They check out books, CDs, DVDS by the thousands, and take part in story reading and homework center departments.

Adults come in huge numbers as well. This library is the most visited library in the county. We are a population of readers.

The amount of this four-year countywide levy, Measure 34-126, will restore what it can of the cuts taken when the 2004 levy did not have the number of voters needed for the double majority rule.

Taking the time and effort to vote makes a huge difference to the regular life in our city. Please vote 'yes' for the library levy.

DOT LUKINS

Beaverton

Levy will maintain budgets, services

One of the truly amazing things about our Washington County library system is its volunteers. Over 2,000 volunteers fill the equivalent of 47 full-time positions each year. That time carved out of busy lives enriches our community and helps our libraries deliver even more value for each tax dollar.

Our libraries are popular. Usage increased by over twice as much as population growth over the past 10 years, but county funding has not kept up with costs.

Measure 34-126, Washington County's library levy, will maintain book budgets, hours and children's services over the next four years of growth. The cost of the levy is roughly equal to the cost of two hardback books each year for the average homeowner.

Please support our county libraries by voting 'yes' for Measure 34-126.

LAURA BALDSCHUN

West Slope

Saxton can lead state in a better direction

Regarding the gubernatiorial race, I look at our state and over the past four years see that the education system is getting worse, health care is getting worse, my tax burden is higher and there are no ideas (except raising taxes) by the so-called leader - a leader who has done anything but lead.

As an Oregonian who truly cares about our state first before political party, it's as clear to me as Mt. Jefferson from the headwaters of the Metolius River, that a new leader is necessary.

Ron Saxton can lead; Ron Saxton has ideas; and Ron Saxton is an Oregonian who will lead our state in a better and positive direction.

MIKE LEOPOLD

Beaverton

'Water Spot' looks at Willamette water

Several very good and interesting things are occurring to help us understand the pollution in the Willamette.

First, for those of you who have cable TV, the 'Water Spot' program tonight (Thursday, October 5) at 8 p.m. on cable 11 will feature the Sierra Club's new report, 'Toxic Mixing Zones.' Michael O'Leary, conservation organizer for the Sierra Club, will be discussing the publication, now in its last draft stages, which catalogs the locations, sizes, contents and associated hazards of nearly two dozen toxic mixing zones in the Willamette River.

The report will be an excellent resource for understanding a certain type of pollution in the Willamette - the millions of pounds of chemicals and metals routinely discharged by permit into the river. (The program will be repeated four times a week through October: Every Wednesday morning at 9 throughout the region on cable 11, and every Sunday noon, Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. on cable 23 in Washington County only.)

Second, the Department of Environmental Quality guests on the August Water Spot told viewers about DEQ's budgetary proposal to the legislature to analyze and monitor pollutants in the Willamette. This $1.9 million proposal is just what we need in order to better understand the impact of pollutants on the river.

To put this in perspective, remember that the Tualatin Valley Water District is now considering spending almost $400,000,000 on drinking water pipes to the Willamette. (The DEQ guests also explained some of their success in cooperative ventures to diminish pesticide pollution in some smaller streams. A happy thought.)

Third, Governor Kulongoski is approving DEQ's budget proposal, according to a natural resources advisor who visited the Water Spot in September. Good. (Now we need the help of our legislators also.)

All these things are excellent and helpful for those of us who wish to clean up the Willamette. This is true whether we support cleanup on behalf of salmon and fish in general, including fish habitat, or whether we support cleanup for drinking water purposes.

KATHY NEWCOMB, research analyst for Citizens for Safe Water

Tualatin