Letters to the Editor
- The Times - Opinion
Incorporation will end Tigard's nonsense
In spite of the fact that the incorporation of Bull Mountain is on the ballot in just a few weeks, and despite the fact that Tigard's latest 36-acre land-grab attempt on Bull Mountain is awaiting a judge's decision as to its legality, Tigard's City Council unanimously forged ahead on Oct. 10 to annex the property anyway.
What an insult to the democratic principles of the people on Bull Mountain who are preparing to vote on the new city, including those 36 acres.
Tigard's latest arrogant decision shatters the bogus argument by opponents of incorporation who claim that Tigard is not interested in any more annexations and that Bull Mountain can keep that status quo. Tigard will annex us, period. Either we incorporate as our own city or we get annexed to Tigard. There are no other options.
Let's all vote 'yes' on Bull Mountain incorporation and put a stop to Tigard's nonsense forever.
Unincorporated Bull Mtn.
Parsons will hold govt. accountable
I will be voting for Shirley Parsons for state representative this November.
Shirley realizes that Oregon can't tax its way into fiscal success and that instead of expanding already bloated governmental programs, we need more efficient use of our current funds. Shirley is a single mom and knows the feeling of frustration seeing tax dollars going to failing programs.
I feel Shirley can hold government accountable to use my hard-earned tax dollars in the most resourceful ways possible, and she has my vote in November.
Incorporation may put farm out of business
The citizens planning a new city reside uphill from our farm. Our family farm, Blueberry Hill Farm, has been owned by the Roshak family for almost 90 years. If Bull Mountain becomes a city, Blueberry Hill Farm will cease to exist.
Local control is the reason a few unhappy citizens on Bull Mountain claim they deserve a new city. One of the people who could be elected to the city council and who could possibly be mayor, if his dream comes true, owns three homes on Bull Mountain and has been here two years. This definitely qualifies him, with his two years residency, to be an expert on local control, whereas, we, the Roshak family, with almost 90 years in the area, are stripped of local control.
We lost local control when we were forced into a city (sounds familiar doesn't it) we wanted no part of. We were never asked if we wanted to join this new city. Were you? The lines were drawn around us and a decision made by a few.
Why do they want our farm? These unhappy citizens not only want local control, but they want a park. Maybe a park with blueberries along the trails. What a novel idea.
Maybe we were included because two different candidates for city council are realtors or have family members who are. No conflict of interest there. Is that why we're included in their dream city?
No blueberries, no fields of grain - bring on the houses. Housing will result in more revenue, not only for this dream city but for these potential candidates too.
Blueberry Hill Farm will pay more in property taxes. It will cost you more taxes too, and yes, blueberry prices will go up.
Vote 'no' to stay unincorporated. Staying in unincorporated Washington County will let us continue to be a viable farm under our control.
We have endured for 90 years, we need your help to make 100 years. This farm belongs not only to us but to all our loyal customers. It will be up to unincorporated Bull Mountain voters to save Blueberry Hill Farm.
Please vote 'no' on 34-129. No new city.
THE ROSHAK FAMILY
Blueberry Hill Farm
Unincorporated Bull Mtn.
Galizio shows great respect for voters
I don't know much about Shirley Parsons, but I find her mailings and television ads offensive. They misrepresent the good work of Larry Galizio and tell us nothing about her. They underestimate the awareness and intelligence of the voters. I'm not that simple-minded to accept her mischaracterization of Larry Galizio's voting record.
We need a state representative who respects the voters more than Shirley Parson's campaign does.
On the other hand, Larry Galizio shows great respect for the voters by meeting with them and listening to them.
His frequent town hall meetings, coffee shop talks, briefings to Tigard City Council and meetings with community groups are phenomenal examples of Larry's commitment to listening and truly representing his constituents. His energetic work on behalf of the people has earned him the endorsement of newspapers, educators, law enforcement and conservationists.
Larry Galizio gets my vote for state representative.
Deguc clear choice for circuit court judge
Against the expensive, mud-spattered races for governor or senator, a judge's race doesn't attract a lot of attention. But Washington County voters should pay attention to this one, because too many people make the mistake of simply marking the first name under 'Judge' on the ballot. This time, it would be a mistake that would keep coming back to haunt us.
It is vitally important to look at the level of experience a potential judge brings to the table. A circuit court judge doesn't sit on just one type of case; criminal, business, probate and child/family matters are all part of the job.
A good judge has the experience of repeatedly arguing those issues in court - the experience of successfully representing people and businesses.
If you're the one standing there in that courtroom, you want that judge to be knowledgeable in the legal area you're involved in.
Washington County has an open seat on the circuit court bench. Of the two men seeking that seat, only one has the necessary experience.
Vincent Deguc has lived and practiced law in Washington County for 30 years and more. He has hands-on experience in criminal law, civil law, family law, probate law, business law. He's had 10 years of experience as a judge pro-tem and as an arbitrator. He's been active in the community (at one point winning volunteer of the year honors). He also has the endorsement of cops and crime victims, of other judges, of several newspapers and civic groups.
His opponent, while no doubt a fine man and competent attorney, has spent far less time in the practice of law - he's only eight years out of school - and that experience has been in the Washington County District Attorney's office. The district attorney's office prosecutes criminals.
So there is the choice. We can elect a judge who has more than 30 years experience, or one with less than a third that time in the practice of law. We can elect a judge with hands-on experience in virtually all legal areas or one with hands-on experience in one. We can elect a judge who has a decade of being a judge under his belt or one who has never 'worn the robe.'
Washington County voters have a very rare second chance to get it right. It's a clear choice. Vote experience.
Vote for Vincent Deguc for judge.
Senior housing a priority for Krummel
I was very moved by the article in your Oct. 12 issue - 'Another park bites the dust.' As a senior, one of my greatest concerns is affordable housing.
Since the latest closure slated is a senior park, Mobile La Vista Court, it means that seniors on fixed incomes who have lived there 15-20 years will have no financial compensation from the park owner to help cover the cost of a move and many won't be about to move their units because they're too old. In Washington County, parks continue to close and mobile home dwellers have no viable alternatives.
State Rep. Jerry Krummel has recognized their plight and has made affordable housing for seniors in Washington County a priority so that they will have options available when a forced move arises. He has sponsored and passed tax credits for mobile home owners forced to move and has taken other steps to assist these residents.
I sincerely endorse Rep. Jerry Krummel for reelection to the Oregon Legislature and hope that my fellow seniors will support him as well so that he can continue his work on their behalf.
Bruun has handle on health care problem
Oregon's health care crises did not get fixed during the last legislative session.
In fact, Oregons failure to address the problem head on is very frustrating for my family and for me. But recently, I was encouraged when The Oregonian recognized our state representative Scott Bruun for having first-hand knowledge of our health-care problem and for working for mental health parity.
We have decided to put aside my party registration and give Scott Bruun our vote.
BENJAMIN and ALYSON BICHA
Galizio is a strong voice for our district
As a Tigard resident living in District 35, I'm proud to support Rep. Larry Galizio for a second term. He is a strong supporter of education in our state. Rep. Galizio is committed to ensuring a skilled educated workforce, making Oregon economically competitive; securing adequate and stable funding for K -12 and higher education, sponsoring legislation protecting children, and making education a priority in the 2007 legislative session.
Rep. Galizio represents the interests of our district very well. He is a leader. He will continue to grow and provide a strong voice for our district as a second-term legislator.
Join me in voting for Rep. Larry Galizio on Nov. 7.
One way to stop the 'annexation machine'
Somebody put a colorful flyer on our doorstep saying that the status quo is really an option for Bull Mountain and that Tigard will never annex us. What planet are these people from?
Tigard has publicly stated over and over that it will continue its annexation of Bull Mountain. It has several particularly ugly Bull Mountain annexations in progress right now. Anyone who thinks Tigard won't annex us is living in a dreamland.
Under state law, there are 13 different ways to annex areas like ours; that's why Nike had to get special legislation passed to keep from being annexed by Beaverton.
We citizens of Bull Mountain do not have Nike's clout nor did other residents of Beaverton who didn't get to vote but were forced into Beaverton by other legal methods of annexation.
The rest of the flyer is more of the same 'the sky is falling' nonsense. There is only one surefire guaranteed way to absolutely ensure that Tigard doesn't annex us, and that's to incorporate as our own city. Then and only then will we finally be able to stop worrying forever about the Tigard annexation machine.
We'll gain local control to implement the values of our community and can devote our energies to making Bull Mountain the best place to live in all of Oregon.
Unincorporated Bull Mtn.
Parsons has best intentions for Tigard
One thing that I can agree on with my friends who are both Democrat and Republican is that we need more representatives in politics who share our ideals and care about what happens to us.
The most important values I can think of for a candidate to have are compassion, honesty and commitment. We don't need any more career politicians in Salem. We need more people who know their constituents and care about them.
Shirley Parsons came right up to my door one evening asking for my support for her in the election this fall and asking about the issues that concerned me and my family. I was shocked. A normal person, a mom and a (retired) cop, running for office and taking the time to get to know the people of Tigard.
Shirley has the best intentions for Tigard because she lives here and knows the people. I hope you will join me in supporting her this fall.
Incorporation of Bull Mtn. very affordable
Based upon our collective experience as long-term law enforcement executives, we will vote in favor of incorporating Bull Mountain and the replacement public safety levy.
Bull Mountain will have about 8,000 people. The permanent tax rate of no more than $2.84 per $1,000 assessed value will pay for all essential services and the future needs of our community. Our city will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars from tobacco and alcohol taxes, franchise fees, system development fees and money from the county. It is very affordable.
The public safety levy reduced juvenile and property crimes and paid for victim's assistance and emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence in Washington County. The levy paid for more prosecutors, which resulted in more criminals getting arrested and held accountable for their crimes. The levy paid for the county's first fraud and identity theft enforcement team to stop criminals who prey on unsuspecting citizens.
The levy cost 43 cents per $1,000 assessed value and will soon expire. The replacement levy will continue the same level of services at a lower tax rate (42 cents per $1,000). For an average priced home in our county ($205,090), the levy will cost about $81 per year in taxes. A small price to pay for keeping our communities safe.
Just look at our neighbor, Multnomah County. Its jail is a revolving door. It can't keep dangerous offenders incarcerated because of constant overcrowding and budget problems. If our replacement levy fails, our own jail and work release capacity will be greatly reduced. If the replacement levy fails, there will be fewer deputies patrolling our streets to look for drunk driving and other traffic crimes.
Please join us in voting 'yes' for the replacement public safety levy and the incorporation of Bull Mountain.
ROY and JANICE
Unincorporated Bull Mtn.
Galizio is the only education candidate
Larry Galizio brings experience as both an educator and a state representative to House District 35. He supports solutions to funding problems and has already saved Oregon school districts millions of dollars with legislation he helped enact during the 2004-06 session.
Larry's opponent supports gimmicky measures, like the 65 percent solution, which will not save schools money or promote student achievement. In fact, these measures will erode local control and force districts to further deplete valuable student services.
Larry supports real solutions for schools and solutions which ensure increased student achievement, accountability and local control. Cast your vote for Larry Galizio, the only education candidate in House District 35.
Legislator supports incorporation
Turn of the century statesman and presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan once said, 'Destiny... is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.'
The 8,000 residents on Bull Mountain have a choice this November - a choice to control their own destiny or stay in unincorporated territory at the risk of being annexed into the city of Tigard by means that often appear to cross over legal boundaries.
As the legislator representing Bull Mountain, several constituents came to me for help three years ago. I have worked with citizens on the mountain ever since to help them have more of a say in governance over the area. I am now supporting the effort to create the city of Bull Mountain.
If you think the status quo is an option, let me remind you of what's happened. First, Tigard tried to force annexation and when it finally allowed residents on the mountain to vote, the outcome was a resounding rejection. We ended up changing state law to ensure communities such as Bull Mountain get a double-majority vote.
Tigard didn't stop there. The city proceeded to hold building permits hostage if a developer didn't annex into the Tigard city limits. That practice could be tossed out by a state court and faces legislative action next year.
Finally, after Bull Mountain residents exercised their right to file a petition for incorporation and get a spot on the ballot, Tigard attempted to annex 41 acres in a last desperate land grab. Again the courts and the legislature will have to sort out the legality of that action.
So after three years of heavy-handed tactics by Tigard, folks on Bull Mountain have come up with an option that allows the community to control its own fate. By forming their own city, they will have local control over land use planning and so many other issues. As a former mayor I understand the desire for local control, and I have always said I will support what the majority of voters on Bull Mountain decide.
The creation of a new city is rare in Oregon, perhaps once every decade. It takes a special group of Oregonians willing to take on the challenges ahead and a strong sense of community. I believe Bull Mountain has the right combination to make this new city a success and give the people who live on the mountain the chance to choose their destiny.
House District 26
Parents of mentally ill son afraid to call 9-1-1
As Clackamas County residents and the parents of a mentally ill Washington County adult male, we are extremely concerned for his safety.
Luke Glenn's death and continued news reports of police shootings of the mentally ill over the past few years indicate mentally ill citizens are at great risk from the very authorities sworn to serve and protect all citizens.
Although our son is regularly taking his medications and is being served by a counseling agency he has 'bad days' during which his behavior can be depressive, suicidal, aggressive and frightening to others.
When we have called the crisis line they tell us to call 9-1-1. Now we are afraid to do so. We do not want our son to be killed by law enforcement while acting erratically.
Up to this point we have been fortunate enough to be able to help him de-escalate without calling 9-1-1. Police shootings of the mentally ill are more than a simple law enforcement issue; it is indicative of a much larger societal problem.
The police are not trained adequately enough to help and handle mentally ill citizens. Public agencies for the mentally ill are under funded and understaffed.
Many mentally ill citizens become homeless due to lack of treatment, financial support and available low-cost housing.
A substantial number of incarcerated Americans are mentally ill, often having committed crimes partly due to not receiving treatment for their illness.
It is to our collective shame that we as a society provide so little help to those most in need of help.
CLIFF AND PEG HEWLETT
Galizio fights for watershed recovery
For the past two years a leader has emerged from the ranks of the gifted. His name is Larry Galizio. Finally somebody has risen to challenges that benefit citizens throughout the entire Tualatin River Basin, which provides water to our farms and food to our tables.
Larry has met many obstacles with skill to enhance the livability of this region. I hope you will support Larry Galizio for House District 35.
Although I live in Multno-mah County, I also live in the basin, and I know that I can count on Larry to continue the struggle for watershed recovery.
Measure 48 too good to be true
'If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is' is a wise old saying that rings true most often it seems when it comes to politics. This election, the standard for that sage axiom comes in the form of Ballot Measure 48.
In last week's Valley Times, Measure 48 spokesman Matt Evans claimed that 'Oregonians have a historic opportunity to put their government on firm financial footing' if only they'll pass his measure. Unfortunately for Matt, other states haven't seen this 'firm financial footing' as a result of passing a virtually identical law.
Colorado has a law very similar to the proposal for Oregon. The funding formula is the same: government spending is set up to increase by a population growth plus inflation formula. This funding formula has devastated the state of Colorado's ability to pay for even the most basic of services including schools, roads, bridges and emergency services.
Things became so bad for Colorado's budget that a bipartisan coalition of citizens and the business community worked to place a five-year suspension on the law, which passed in November of 2005.
For Oregon, the situation would be exponentially worse than Colorado's should Measure 48 pass. We wouldn't be able to suspend the law when it devastates government's ability to deal with schools and infrastructure needs.
Further, supporters of Measure 48 have mislabeled it as a 'rainy day amendment.' I strongly encourage voters to read through the text of the measure in their voters' pamphlet. There is no rainy day fund creation in Measure 48. But even if there were such a thing in place, had Measure 48 been implemented during Oregon's last recession, four out of every five dollars of the increase in spending allowed under the limit would have gone to unemployment benefits. Schools, health care and other public services would have undergone even deeper cuts.
Measure 48's formula may sound logical on its face. But it doesn't account for rising costs in health care, fuel, food and other items. It doesn't take into consideration rising prison and school populations as well as an increasingly aging baby boom generation.
Matt Evans claims that Measure 48 is a 'tool' that Oregonians 'need to bring fiscal responsibility to Salem.' No it isn't. It's a way for those individuals funding this from outside our state to hammer their irresponsible ideology onto us. And they're not the ones who have to live with it if it becomes law. We are.
Vote 'no' on Measure 48.
Demo. Committee Persons for Deguc
The 20 active elected or duly appointed Democratic Precinct Committee Persons of Oregon House District 35 (King City/Tigard) have voted to endorse the candidacy of Vincent Deguc for the position of Washington County circuit court judge position 6.
Mr. Deguc received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. His long and varied law career has prepared him well for all aspects of the judicial system. He and his wife, Beverly, are active members of the Wash-ington County community.
Mr. Deguc has also received the enthusiastic support and endorsement of the King City Democrats.
House district leader 35, PCP chair 419, King City Democrats program chair