Letters to the Editor Oct. 21


Hold council members accountable when voting

The voters of Gresham need to ask some very important questions before they complete their ballots for mayor and city council:

Who's responsible for the Powell debacle? We've been patiently waiting for years for four lanes on Powell. Instead, we get Powell divided by center islands that will hold trees and plants that we do not have the manpower to care for. And we are expected to endure two lanes to one lane and back again - not my idea or any other driver's idea of a functional road.

Who decided to remove the west entry into the only post office in Gresham? It's bad enough that we have just one post office - now you want us to drive in circles to get into it? Shame on someone for such short range thinking.

Why haven't we seen any progress on Rockwood? That neighborhood is in worse condition than when we voted in the urban renewal dollars. The deterioration is causing increased crime and a continued decrease in property values.

What happened to the sports park? That vast parcel of vacant land sits useless, while our children have nowhere to play. Other communities, like Newberg, Tualatin, Sherwood and even Condon, have recreational facilities for their citizens. What and who is it going to take to get a facility in Gresham?

Why do we have the only City Council in the metro area that does not take personal voting responsibility for such important items as Wal-Mart. Instead, we are at the mercy of city employees, who have no direct accountability to the voters, especially those of us who live near the proposed site. Perhaps it's time to get some folks with backbone on the council. People who will face and make tough decisions.

Now, you can bet that the City Council members will respond, 'We're not responsible for any of those decisions,' which is exactly my point.

Why do we have a City Council that has remained under the radar for the last two years, now expecting us to re-elect them so they can remain under the radar for another term? Gresham deserves better leadership. Actually, we deserve leadership.

Before you cast your ballot for City Council members and mayor, think about what you expect and who can get the job done.

Shar Giard


Eliminate special interest trips to help lawmakers

Is there something in the air or the water in Salem that is causing our state leaders to have memory lapses on expense reports, and more importantly, why they went to Salem in the first place?

It's obvious that they need our help. It must be such a difficult and daunting task dealing with the issues that plague our state that they must travel far and wide (Hawaii and Israel) in search of solutions. Am I wrong to assume that these trips are made in the best interest of all the people of Oregon? They must be finding answers to the problems surrounding health care, unemployment, education, etc, and are working diligently because there just isn't any time left for all that pesky paperwork.

We need to extend a helping hand to make their lives a little easier, a little less embarrassing.

How exposed one must feel to be forced to say publicly, 'I'm sorry … I didn't know … I was told I didn't have to … ' It must be very awkward for those who make laws for the rest of us to be unable to remember their own (ethics law).

I gladly offer my assistance in the form of a suggestion: 'Stay home! The answers aren't out there. And, you don't just work for the tobacco industry, the beer and wine industry, not the utilities companies, not even a select group of people (Jewish Federation). You work for everyone.'

In the event that it's actually not the air or water in Salem, and our leaders continue to find themselves in a quandary, maybe we can help in another area. Maybe we should just make it illegal to accept contributions and/or all-expense paid trips from 'special interest groups.' Maybe by removing that from the equation, our esteemed lawmakers won't find themselves in these uncomfortable situations. At the same time, it would eliminate what all of this actually boils down to: bribery.

Debbie Wingate


Reporter is campaigning, not reporting

Gresham's residents are fortunate to have two good men running for the mayor's office, which the editor carefully stated while endorsing Shane Bemis. They appear to have followed The Outlook's earlier plea urging all candidates to refrain from personal attacks and to stick to the issues during their campaigns - a commendable call! Too bad your own reporter didn't follow that advice.

What was the purpose of Mara Stine's front-page article belaboring the motivation behind Chuck Becker's State of the City address? Reporting or campaigning?

Stine's 'reporting' read like tabloid gossip, crafted to create doubt and division. If Bemis is 'so over it,' why the exposé? This isn't reporting news - the timing of the mayor's speech you've already questioned, over and over again.

The innuendos, intended to hurt Mayor Becker, paled in the amount of pain your words have undoubtedly caused Elaine Becker. Your final comments were unnecessary, hurtful and mean-spirited!

'How do you un-ring a bell . . . order ink back to its well? If a heart's been broken by a word that is spoken, how do you, then, un-tell?' (Anon.)

Cherie Fuller

Wood Village

Paper shouldn't have endorsed Minnis

How can The Outlook, editorial in the Oct. 11 issue, endorse a person (Karen Minnis) who can't even keep her records straight? She takes, at last count, three trips she didn't disclose. How many more are there? Who knows? I don't see why you would endorse a person who can't keep her records straight or maybe wasn't smart enough to know what to report. You say you endorsed her over Rob Brading because she knows her way around Salem. Is that a reason to re-elect someone to the House?

I don't think so and am voting for Rob Brading the honest choice for District 49.

Michael A Braeback


Listen to Bemis' views, you'll like what you hear

After hearing Shane Bemis at a recent campaign event, I am encouraged that he is not only our best choice for mayor of Gresham, but our only choice.

Shane talked about fairness and accountability, his views on schools, public safety, economic growth and the role of our mayor. His views were specific and well thought out.

I was impressed with Shane's ability to approach an issue with balance, seeing both sides' strengths and weaknesses.

Normally, I am skeptical of politicians' talk, but Shane really said something that made sense to me and makes sense for Gresham.

Listen to what Shane has to say about his vision for Gresham. You may like what you hear.



Lim deserves return to House seat

East County voters once again have the distinct privilege of sending John Lim to Salem to continue his capable representation of the people of District 50.

Rep. Lim's unwavering focus on education, the environment and the economy directly reflect the values we should be able to expect from all of our elected officials. In a political climate marked by scandal and sleaze, John Lim stands apart as a man who can be trusted to keep his word and honor his commitments.

Politicians like Rep. Lim are needed now more than ever. I encourage the voters of District 50 to re-elect John Lim to Oregon's House of Representatives.

Dan Chriestenson


Elect Democrats to rebuild America

I think the Democrats should control Congress after the elections because the Republicans have proven to have a very negative affect on our environment and our wildlife. It seems to me that we now have a huge majority of crooked Republicans in office and more are caught every day. Our gas prices have soared, supposedly due to gas shortage, yet the oil companies are having record profits. Our country has become a laughingstock to other countries. We've lost our credibility, our honesty and their respect. I can't say I blame them for the way they now feel about us. I say it's time we take our country back from the crooks and rebuild our America to the country it used to be.

Gina Hafner


Damascus' future depends on election

In a few days the citizens of Damascus will decide who will make up our new council. As we wrestle with developing a comprehensive plan this may be the only chance many of us will have to impact our future.

I have proposed questions to the candidates. Do they have a specific plan, what is their vision for Damascus? All have some good ideas, all want to serve and be a part of developing the newest Oregon city. I think all believe they will represent the will of the people to the best of their ability.

After much deliberation I support the following:

For mayor: Dee Wescott, who is running unopposed. For council position 3: John Hartsock, although his vision for Damascus at this time seems foggy, he is articulate, pays close attention to detail, is responsive and appears very committed to representing the will of the people.

For council position 5: James W. Wright, his vision for Damascus also appears foggy. But he is attentive and appears to be a good listener and one who appears to carefully analyze information.

For council position 6: I chose Mike Hammons, because he has been involved from the beginning and could step into the council and be up to speed. Mike is a visionary and has a plan that addresses many of my concerns and with some fine tuning I could support. He has put a lot of time into his plan, and I believe he would be a good addition to the council.



Mt. Hood needs investment, vote yes on 26-83

I graduated from Mt. Hood Community College 32 years ago. I majored in history and political science but went mainly to play in the band and enjoy the jazz and music education. It had a nationwide reputation, which it still enjoys today. All from Gresham, Oregon!

That education allowed me to have some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, for which I'm grateful.

It saddens me to return back to that department, as well as many others, and see virtually no changes have been made in those 32 years.

The college is a major financial investment. Like any other investment, repairs and updates must be made for it to reach its fullest potential. Just as one would update and protect their own home, it only makes sense to protect another one they have. The amount that the college has contributed to the community, both financially and in other ways that are immeasurable, make it an investment definitely worth updating.

I know that I selfishly plan on doing whatever I can do to protect my investment by voting yes on Measure 26-83 in November, and I ask you to please do the same.

Joe Bushue


Children depend on us to invest in Mt. Hood

Like most grandparents, I have exceptionally bright grandchildren. The oldest, Chase, is 10; Brice is almost 8; and Miranda just turned 5. It seems like yesterday they were just babies and now they are all in elementary school. Before I know it, these smart kids will be heading off to Mt. Hood Community College.

Chase loves to fish and hunt with his Dad. He is an excellent candidate for the MHCC fish and wildlife science program. Brice is a guaranteed computer science student, and little Miranda wants to be a princess and is a perfect fit in the theater arts program.

These three future success stories are already excited about Mt. Hood Community College because they take swimming classes at the pool every summer. It's a lovely campus with tall shade trees and open spaces and a pond where they can catch fish.

They are too young to notice the leaking roofs, worn out carpets, obsolete furnace and ancient air conditioning system, asbestos problems and the numerous other needs of the 40-year-old campus.

Mt. Hood Community College urgently needs our yes votes to pass a bond to maintain one of our community's finest and most important investments. The bond measure is fair and reasonable and provides for the basic upkeep of an aging facility.

I hope the MHCC facilities will be in good repair for all of our grandchildren when they are ready for college. Please vote yes for our children and our future.

Pam Benjamin


Issues must be resolved before library gets support

The last time we voted on a library levy, I voted yes. This time around, I am going to vote no. Here are my reasons:

1. This isn't a renewal of the current levy. There are 21 months to go on that one. This one is actually a new levy with an increase of almost 18 percent from what we're paying now. I would have felt a lot more comfortable if the proposition continued what we had already agreed to pay. A No vote will not stop library services anytime soon. We can wait until we get a better proposal.

2. Regardless of who is responsible or not responsible for allowing pornography in our libraries, we've lost a huge sum of federal money because we're not doing something we need to be doing - protecting our children. I find it hard to authorize more money for the library until it changes its position on keeping pornography out of the library.

3. Over the past couple years, those in charge of collection development appear to be interested in purchasing popular DVDs. I have no problem with educational materials on DVD being purchased, but popular television shows don't belong in the library. They can be rented via Blockbuster or Netflix. I checked the catalog, there are 51 copies of The Simpsons season four DVD in the collection. Amazon currently sells this for about $30. If you multiply the number of copies, times the number of seasons, times the number of different programs, that adds up to a very large amount of money.

I do like our library system. I just have a hard time giving them money when the management doesn't seem to be interested in making very wise decisions. I would be glad to support a continuation of a levy if the above issues would be addressed. Until then, I am going to vote no.

Alan Cohen


A better choice for House District 52

On the surface, there does not seem to be much that separates House District 52 incumbent Patti Smith from her Democratic challenger, Suzanne VanOrman, on the big questions of education and health care. In VanOrman's opinion, voiced in a Sept. 28 article in The Oregonian, education and health care are the No. 1 and No. 2 issues facing the state today, and Smith does not appear to disagree. But a closer look at Rep. Smith's voting record reveals a less than firm commitment to these important problems.

Repeatedly throughout her six-year tenure, Smith has cast votes that have limited state funding for schools by granting tax giveaways and breaks for corporations, which already pay a declining share of revenue. She also has voted to freeze school funding at recession-era levels, voted against full school funding of $5.4 billion and voted against a 'golden parachute' bill that would have limited school districts from allowing high-dollar buyouts for highly paid administrators. Stand for Children, the largest statewide organization advocating for better funding for schools, gave Patti Smith a '0' score for her lack of support for education.

As for health care, Smith admits that high health care costs need to be addressed, yet siding with corporate interests, she has voted against four key bills that would have helped Oregonians reduce costs of care and insurance, including a modest 10 cent per pack increase on cigarettes. Oregonians for Health Security gave Smith a failing grade of 20 percent for her voting record.

Suzanne VanOrman, with a teaching background and 22 years of experience as executive director of Mid-Columbia Children's Council, which operates Head Start, is dedicated to quality education and affordable health care for all Oregonians. She oversaw a program that now serves five times as many children as when she began, and managed a budget that now is more than $4 million. She has helped low income families become self-reliant in addressing health care needs of their families rather than relying on taxpayer sponsored trips to the emergency room.

Suzanne VanOrman will not just pay lip service to the pressing needs of this state, but will listen, study and educate passionately for their solutions, as she has throughout her career in community and public service. We need her expertise and common sense in Salem as representative for House District 52.

Mary Blankevoort


Pung worthy of City Council seat

I would like to heartily recommend Bob Pung for the Gresham Position 4 Council seat. I have served with Bob on several Multnomah County Budget Advisory Committees, and his work was inspired and thorough. I know that he cares about the role of government, and would serve the citizens of Gresham in an able fashion.

He is watchful of budgets and spending, but also understands that important functions need to be adequately funded. He has strong interests in positive youth programs, crime reduction, strong fire and emergency services, affordable housing, disabled facilities and general quality of community life issues. If elected, the citizens of Gresham would be well served by Bob Pung's service on the council.

Dick Wegner


Biofuels conference was a success

I would like to thank all those who supported and attended the first major biofuels conference held in Oregon on Oct. 6 right here in East Metro - 'The Business of Biofuels in the Pacific Northwest,' organized by Oregon Science and Technology Partnership (OSTP).

OSTP is a non-profit organization that facilitates economic development throughout Oregon by bringing together academic and government resources to aid business expansion and job growth. Attendees were able to hear nationally recognized speakers and learn all key facts about the industry.

None of this could have been possible without the support of Mt. Hood Community College, which provided the venue, our sponsors, including PGE as presenting sponsor, and numerous volunteers. In particular, I would like to thank House Speaker Karen Minnis, who understands how important economic development is for the well being of the community, and has been a major supporter of OSTP since its inception in 2001.

Hiroshi Morihara

Chairman of the Oregon Science and Technology Partnership


Minnis undermined lower drug costs

As a House District 49 voter, we've been bombarded by mail about the Minnis-Brading race. It's sometimes hard to know who to believe, but one piece caught my eye, because it's so telling of who has visionary leadership and who has been in Salem too long to see the sky.

When Karen Minnis sent out a mailing recently claiming Rob Bradings' plan to lower prescription drug prices was a 'pie in the sky' promise that no politician on earth can deliver, she must have forgotten about the Oregon Prescription Drug Program. Just to remind her, that is the program Gov. Kulongoski and Legislators created in 2003 to negotiate lower prescription prices for state agencies, school districts and individuals. Speaker Minnis didn't vote for it then and obviously doesn't understand how valuable this is for people in our community who struggle with the choice of filling life-saving prescriptions or filling their refrigerators.

Right now, 10,000 Oregonians are reducing their prescription prices by up to 60 percent through participation in this program. It could have been more, but our Representative blocked a bill last session that would have expanded the number of people who could access the savings. Now, as voters, we have the opportunity to do what she failed to deliver.

Ballot Measure 44 would open Oregon's unique prescription purchasing pool to all Oregonians without drug coverage, which includes about a third of our state.

The Outlook editorial in favor of the measure recognized the success of this program, saying 'Measure 44 is based on such unassailable logic that no one has bothered to mount a campaign against it. Voters can do their part to lower prescription drug costs in Oregon by voting yes on Measure 44.' (Sept. 30)

No organized opposition to Measure 44 has formed; there is not even a single argument in opposition to the measure in the voters' pamphlet, yet it failed to get out of the House of Representatives. It is clear Karen Minnis is out of touch with the priorities of Gresham voters - it appears she's the only one opposed to lowering prescription drug prices.

I'd like to give Karen Minnis a pie in the face for not standing up to the profiteering drug companies. She's spent far too long in the backrooms of the capitol protecting the interests of these corporate giants to keep representing us. I want a representative who will take on the special interests and fight for what is right, even when other people say his plans are 'pie in the sky.'



Minnis the poster child for term limits

Money does indeed talk. The Oct. 1 1st Pre-Election Report filed by Minnis' campaign should be read by everyone before the November election.

In your endorsement, you tout the importance of Minnis for East County, but the report shows how much her influence is worth by such groups as the one who paid for the Republican legislators' 'vacation' to Hawaii to ensure Oregon's beverage distributors can still control the Oregon House under the Republicans. The Oregon Beverage PAC gave her $15,000.

The report has many $5,000 and $10,000 contributions from such groups as the Oregon Truck PAC and the Oregon Forest Industry PAC and even $2,000 from Idaho Power. There are numerous $10,000 donations that are only identified by numbers. What is Minnis hiding from us?

As the leader of the House, Minnis is seen by many as having the power they need to get the job done, but sadly that job is not always in the best interests of East County residents.

You say we need Minnis' eight years of experience. I'll grant she has best experience money can buy, but she has become the poster child for term limits, which voters are likely to approve in November because of such inept politicians like her. She is so beholden to the big money contributors that she has not really been an effective House Speaker, a position she has abused. As you point out, diversity is not one of her strengths.

House District 49 needs someone without Minnis' baggage. While Rob Brading may not have her experience, he is also not held back by the contributors who think they already own the Oregon House.

Karen Minnis had her chance to lead, and she failed.

The time has come to clean the House and Rob Brading is the one who can do it.



The facts about payday loans and Rob Brading

I would like to point out a few facts about payday loans, Rob Brading and Karen Minnis.

Rob Brading co-founded East County Citizens for Fair Lending Practices with Paul Warr-King to encourage grassroots involvement in public hearings and local efforts to rein in the payday loan industry. It is interesting to note that it wasn't until after their first meeting did Karen Minnis decide she was interested in tackling the payday loan issue.

It is also worth noting that the bill that was passed won't go into effect until summer of 2007 even after Karen Minnis was personally asked to make it go into effect within six months. It is clear that this was a cynical ploy to appease her payday loan contributors with hopes of rewriting the law next session.

Lastly, it should be noted that Rob Brading testified at both the Gresham and Troutdale public hearings, while Karen Minnis was notably absent. I am a longtime Gresham resident and small business owner, and this issue has had a serious impact on the businesses and residents in East County.

Robyn McCreath


Seniors should vote for Karen Minnis

I want to urge all residents of House District 49 to vote for my neighbor Karen Minnis. She is a hard worker, and I know that she will continue to stand to represent East County. I am especially grateful for her work to set up a trust fund for the Oregon Project Independence, a wonderful program that helps seniors who need a bit of extra help stay in their homes. The program is so cost effective and valuable. Without it, probably 50 percent of the seniors it helps would have to move to nursing homes.

Karen Minnis knows how precious independence is to us older folks. Please join me in supporting our neighbor Karen Minnis, and the work of Oregon Project Independence.

Ruth Hermance


Smith hasn't showed support of schools

Patti Smith, the incumbent representative from House District 52, has voted consistently with those who would strip support for Oregon's schools. Although her glossy campaign mailings in the coming weeks will no doubt show pictures of her with school children or have statements from her supporting education, Smith's voting record tells the true story. She voted against full school funding of $5.4 billion (HB 2858); voted to freeze school funding at recession-era levels, excluding corporate taxes entirely from the school funding formula (HB 2450A); voted to cut the capital gains tax by more than $200 million, money that should have gone to our schools (HB2332); and voted for a handful of corporate tax give-aways amounting to nearly $300 million in tax breaks for corporations, which already pay a declining share of taxes. This forces the burden on families to make up the difference or face more cuts to schools.

The candidate with the best credentials to put Oregon schools back on track for quality education is Suzanne VanOrman. Having worked as a teacher at the primary, middle school and high school levels, Ms. VanOrman served for more than 21 years as executive director of the Mid-Columbia Children's Council serving children from birth to 5 in Head Start. She views excellent public schools as a basic right and a basic responsibility for all Oregonians. She has vowed to work to close tax loopholes to make sure that corporations pay their fair share for the education of our children. She will work for adequate stable funding for our schools and will strive for the resources to reduce classroom sizes so children can receive the individual attention they need to thrive.

When it comes time to decide which candidate will be better for Oregon schools, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Clearly Suzanne VanOrman is the choice.

John F. Christensen


East County needs Karen Minnis

Why do the downtown Portland elite seem so intent on electing Rob Brading here in East County? Don't they have their own representative to look out for their interests? The Oregonian says, 'It is a lot to ask voters in District 49 to replace a sitting speaker who is in a position to do a lot for her constituents.' That's putting it mildly! It's not 'a lot' to ask, it's too much. As the article goes on to say, Karen Minnis has fought to help East County kids get their fair share of school funding, for mental health care, and to fight gang violence in Gresham. Downtown Portland already has a representative. East County needs Karen Minnis.

Mark Daniels


Vote yes on Measures 46, 47 to end political corruption

In my own experience as a legislator for 24 years in Oregon, our public officials and legislators were personally honest. With rare exceptions they would never seek or accept a bribe or knowingly take money that didn't belong to them.

But campaign contributions are a completely different matter. Statewide candidates for legislative offices will not only accept but intentionally solicit huge amounts of money from major state, national and multi-national corporations including unions. Unless they are stupid, they know that contributors expect the candidate or legislator to support their special interests, which are usually contrary to the public interest.

While public disclosure of contributions, which we now rely upon, are necessary and desirable, this information is usually too little and too late. By that time most of the money has already been promised, received and spent and there is no real opportunity for the honest low budget candidate to counteract it.

The only real ways to stop that massive level of corruption are either to place reasonable limits on contributions and expenditures or to publicly finance political campaigns. With Measures 46 and 47, we have the opportunity to do one of these. Limit the amounts and sources of contributions.

Let's strike a blow for liberty and against massive political corruption in Oregon. Let's vote for Measures 46 and 47 between now and Nov. 7.

Exercise your patriotic, legal or God-given right to vote, by mail or in person. Cast your yes votes for Measures 46 and 47.



Mayor should give credit to right people

Our mayor seems to think that he can change history. As voters, we need to ask ourselves, what is going on with him? Does he really believe the things he's saying? That is the scariest scenario of all. The latest claim to fame is either delusional or a fabrication because there is not one iota of truth in it.

Gresham Station.

The mayor should give credit where credit is due.

Max Talbot, who was community development director, met Fred Bruning at a conference and convinced him to come to Gresham to look at the Civic Neighborhood and the master plan that mandated a mixed-use, high-density development. Fred understood the concept immediately, and I met with him at the Red Lobster restaurant prior to a council meeting. Mr. Becker may have flown to California, but the deal was done long before he took office.

The Civic Neighborhood could have been low-income housing without the work of our City Council, Planning Commission, Civic Neighborhood Citizen Advisory Committee and City, Metro and Tri-Met staff. Cliff Kohler stood on top of a table and told the consultant basically that hell would freeze over first before Civic Neighborhood would end up as low-income housing. The committee put together a plan that is a national model of success.

Delusions and fabrication are the kind of mayoral behaviors that have made us the laughing stock of the region.

Gussie McRobert


Paper shouldn't have endorsed Minnis

How can The Outlook, editorial in the Oct. 11 issue, endorse a person (Karen Minnis) who can't even keep her records straight? She takes, at last count, three trips she didn't disclose. How many more are there? Who knows? I don't see why you would endorse a person who can't keep her records straight or maybe wasn't smart enough to know what to report. You say you endorsed her over Rob Brading because she knows her way around Salem. Is that a reason to re-elect someone to the House?

I don't think so, and I am voting for Rob Brading - the honest choice for District 49.

Michael A Braeback


Mailings reveal Minnis' desperation

Recent mailings for the Karen Minnis campaign force me to fumigate my mailbox. Just as I finish reading in the local news about Karen Minnis' third or fourth disclosure of new memories about receiving payments in support of trips to Israel, Las Vegas and Hawaii, I find a full-page brochure from some group with a Salem P.O. Box called 'Majority 2006.' Inside was a note about why didn't Brading tell us why some employees working for him in 1990 in New York quit - and provides only one possibility - was it because of unethical and immoral fund-raising tactics? Portions of a letter written in 1990 are included and circled in red. The writers want Brading to go back to 1990 when he was allegedly in New York and haven't asked Karen Minnis why she has had to re-remember lobbyists' support for trips in the past couple years. Do I detect a bit of desperation on the part of Minnis' followers as people are tiring of the Minnis-inspired deadlocks in our legislative program?

Bob Taylor


Pat Smith the right person for Troutdale

I have known Pat Smith for many years, and she is the right person to be on the Troutdale City Council. Her roots are deep in Troutdale, and she cares about neighborhoods and quality of life. She has a long record of volunteering and involvement - Pat currently serves on the Troutdale Parks Advisory Committee and the Budget Committee and never misses a meeting. She likes to walk through Troutdale neighborhoods talking to citizens about issues. Many of you have probably met Pat as she goes door-to-door to ask for your vote.

Pat Smith will represent the citizens, not the special interests. Pat Smith truly has the Troutdale community's best interests in her heart. Please elect Pat Smith to the City Council, Position 3.

C.S. Marshall


Vote Vier, Wand and Smith for council

During the next few years Troutdale will have to carefully manage growth and fight to keep control of development if we are to preserve our livability. We need city councilors who will stand up for Troutdale, even if it sometimes requires challenging the state, Multnomah County and Metro.

Knowing how important this election was going to be, I, along with others encouraged some fine citizens to run for council. They are running and they deserve your vote: Marianne Vier for Position 1; Pat Smith for Position 3; and Matthew Wand for Position 5. All three have my support. They all are active volunteers, involved in city committees or commissions. When elected, they will represent the citizens of Troutdale well, listening to all sides of issues and doing what's best for Troutdale. We need them on the City Council.

Please vote for Marianne Vier for Position No. 1; Pat Smith for Position 3; and Matthew Wand for Position 5.

David Ripma

Troutdale City Council

Vote to keep Becker as Gresham mayor

I am writing in support of Mayor Chuck Becker because I know a good man when I see one. My family likes living in Gresham, and we like the way this city has grown and improved since we have been here. Our neighbors tell us there used to be major problems with conflict on the City Council, economic problems and the city was just failing. Chuck Becker used his years of experience in Gresham, brought together a diverse set of people, helped foster a progressive team of city leaders and worked with a diverse set of people to help bring a new time of prosperity and cooperation. It was not easy, but he worked hard to make it happen.

Now Chuck is running for re-election. We need to show our appreciation for those years of hard work and keep Becker's experience and proven track record working for us. There are many tough issues facing Gresham in the next few years. Just look at what it will take to handle the Pleasant Valley and Springwater area expansions. This will take proven leadership.

Let's keep Chuck Becker working for us.

Lyle and Lottie Guericke


Re-elect Norm Thomas to council

Troutdale citizens should re-elect Norm Thomas for City Council Position 3. I have worked with Norm the last four years, and I have come to respect him very much. He is probably the most actively involved councilor we have had in the last 10 years. He is running against Pat Smith, and in my opinion, he is by far the most qualified candidate to remain in this position.

Norm came to us already a natural leader and should be voted in so he can continue working for you, which he definitely will. We need high quality people like him on the council.

Doug Daoust

Troutdale City Council president