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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 26

Deguc has most knowledge of law

It is revealing that Washington County judicial candidate Charlie Bailey uses his trial record against his opponent (which by the way is 1-0) as a comparison of their qualifications.

Vincent Deguc believes that the delivery of justice is the best measure of a court system, not win-loss percentage. Criminal defense attorneys leave their egos at the courthouse door and instead take satisfaction in knowing that they have provided an essential service. A potential judge needs courtroom experience and knowledge of the law.

Compare Vincent Deguc, with his 31 years of wide-ranging experience and 10 years as a pro tem judge, with Charlie Bailey and his eight years as a deputy district attorney. Vincent Deguc clearly wins that contest.

GORDON and GLENATH MOYLE

Beaverton

Give children more chance to compete

As the leader of a company headquartered on the outskirts of Beaverton employing more than 1,500 people, I can testify to the importance of an educated workforce.

I grew up in Raleigh Hills and received a quality education in Beaverton School District No. 48. Today my children also attend these same public schools.

Quality education for all of our society is the key to Oregon being able to compete in the global 21st century. Please join me in supporting Beaverton school bond Measure 34-139 to ensure our children get that chance to compete, equipped with the tools they need to be successful.

STEVE ZIKA, chief executive officer Hampton Affiliates

Portland

Bailey committed to helping community

Charlie Bailey is the best choice for Washington County judge not only because of his work as a prosecutor on child abuse cases but also because he was there for Beaverton Area Little League (BALL) when we needed him most.

Last spring our then president stepped down leaving a void in our league just as the season was about to get under way. Charlie was working more than full time on his campaign, coaching, being a father, and prosecuting the 24-hour Fitness abuse case.

Nevertheless, when several members of BALL asked Charlie to take over as president he couldn't let the kids and the league down. He took on the daunting task of coming on in the midst of chaos. He worked hard to make our league successful.

That is the kind of person Washington County needs as a judge.

I urge you all to vote for Charlie Bailey, a man that embodies honesty, integrity and a sense of fairness and community.

SHIRLEY ERICE

Beaverton

Support Beaverton Education Foundation

I would guess that every adult can look back to at least one time in their education when they had the 'ah-ha!' moment and wished there was more time, more opportunity, more fun to be had with exploring that new idea.

The Beaverton Education Foundation works hard to provide that 'more time, more opportunity' for all students of the Beaverton School District. After-school homework clubs, partnering programs with professional engineers and scientists, programs to give kids the chance to plan and run a business - these are just a few examples of BEF support for our students.

BEF volunteers will be calling Nov. 13 to 16 to ask for your financial support. I urge everyone to be very generous. Think about sharing our own 'ah-ha' moment.

ROBERT K. HALEY

BEF Board Vice-Chair

Garden Home

Study issues, vote for future

Most of us care about and take pride in where we live and work. It's time for us to step up and take responsibility for Washington County's future. We can start by informing ourselves about the various local property tax measures on our ballots. All of these measures are looking toward our county's future, either near or long-term. None of these measures has anything to do with partisan politics.

The folks who crafted the measures are mostly volunteer citizen boards or local officials elected by us. They know what kind of 'economic recovery' we are experiencing and they have tried to ask for only what they believe our community truly needs.

Look into the future, Washington County voters. Do we see school fields covered with portable classrooms with no room for exercise, or do we see new buildings for a population that will only continue to grow?

Do we see libraries funded to deliver services that serve skyrocketing demand or do we see 'closed' signs with reduced hours, book collections and children's services?

Do we see a fully functioning sheriff's department responding to our needs quickly and providing shelters for victims or do we see more crime, longer response times and fewer options for our most vulnerable citizens?

Do we support our firefighters' request for funding to build and maintain services needed to get emergency vehicles to all of us whenever and wherever we need them?

Do we set aside green spaces now for a lower cost or do we complain later when our kids and grandkids don't have ready access to parks, natural areas and trails after development has covered over those open spaces?

The population growth that is driving this need for services is a vital issue for our leaders and officials to look at and plan for long-term. Today the need to deal with the impact on existing services and future quality of life is immediate, and it is up to us.

Let's educate ourselves, think about what we want our county to look like, and then vote. Let's build a county we're proud to live in and will be proud to leave to our children.

JEAN BUTCHER

West Slope

Need bond to keep up with education needs

The future of education in Beaverton is reliant on current purchases of land for new schools, expanding facilities, and adding buildings to existing sites. Measure 34-139 is the only way to begin this process.

We can not expect to keep up with the growth brought on by increased populations, residential lots being subdivided into 10-20-plus sub-lots, plus maintaining and increasing our educational standards without substantial increases in school funding for these kids.

The needs of my children and the needs of thousands of Beaverton children depend on the decisions we make today.

Measure 34-139 must pass if we expect Beaverton to keep up with the education needs of today and the future.

KIRK SKEELAND

Beaverton

Help maintin highly rated schools

New Beaverton residents tell me that they chose this city because of its highly rated schools. Inconsistent with this source of pride are the multiple portable classrooms that I see as I drive around.

Overcrowded classrooms that exist for long periods can diminish those positive ratings. Children need teachers who can address individuals, and this happens best when there are lower, rather than larger numbers of students together.

Please vote for the bond levy No. 34-139 to upgrade our classroom needs, enhance science offerings at the high school level, and buy land for a high school to accommodate the children now using the portables.

The grandparents living at this house know that a good public education enhances the parent guidance at home. When these two aspects come together, we 'launch' productive, effective adults who parent their children well.

Thank you, public schools.

DOT LUKINS

Beaverton

Draper outshines opponent in HD-34

There is an important race going on in House District 34. Voters are faced with the option of voting for a new representative in Salem. I have been very impressed with Joan Draper as a candidate. The few times I have heard her speak I have noticed these two things:

n It is refreshing to encounter Joan's firm grasp of economic principles and a compassionate heart for people. She will be a legislative success story.

n It is impressive how Joan can win people over to her way of thinking with her no-nonsense approach to politics and the allocation of taxpayer resources.

Please join me in voting for Joan Draper for House District 34.

DORIS R. THOEN

Cedar Mill

Measure 40 would harm court system

I had the privilege of serving for almost 19 years on Oregon's Court of Appeals. For the last seven years that I served, I was the chief judge of the court. I have been a resident of Washington County during all of that time. Oregon has an outstanding court system that is admired throughout the country for its fairness and efficiency. The approval of Measure 40 would seriously harm our court system. I strongly urge you to vote against this measure.

Constitutional Amendment 40 changes how we elect our judges. At first glance, the measure seems like a good idea (especially for those outside of Portland) but dig a little deeper and you will realize that the citizens of Oregon will not benefit if we pass this measure.

Our current court system works, and shouldn't be tampered with by out-of-state special interest money. Constitutional Amendment 40 doesn't affect the election of our local trial judges. It only impacts the judges on the statewide Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. For nearly a century, Oregonians have been electing these appellate judges in non-partisan, statewide elections. The job of these appellate judges is to carry out the laws of Oregon in a neutral and consistent way. Regional politics and special interest influence should play no part in the decisions of our appellate judges.

Today, we select our judges based on their qualifications, not their address. We expect our judges to be the most qualified and fair people we can find, not just someone that lives in a specific area. Constitutional Amendment 40 changes all of that.

With regional districts, the election of judges becomes more political not less. It's much easier for a special interest group or two to fund a campaign against a judge that rules against them, especially if they don't have to run a statewide campaign

Our initiative system is an important part of Oregon's political system. Nonetheless, Oregonians should not be asked the same thing over and over again. Four years ago, we said no to these same special interests that want to politicize our judicial elections. We should tell them no again.

Oregonians will lose out when we stop looking at the merits of a judicial candidate, and start paying attention only to where they happen to live.

Join me in voting no on Constitutional Amendment 40.

JUDGE MARY J. DEITZ

Bethany

Thanks for objective Voter's Guide

Thank you for printing the League of Women Voter's Guide to the upcoming election. It is refreshing to get a non-partisan, objective overview of candidates and issues.

I have learned to completely tune out the negative, mud-slinging one gets on TV and finding a guide that requires candidates to answer specific questions about issues is refreshing.

The Portland Tribune and the Community Newspapers group are to be congratulated in their role in helping publish this guide.

MIKE BURTON

PSU vice provost

Appreciate editorial on mentally ill

I commend Mayor Tom Potter for his plan to convene a panel to address the problem the mentally ill in society who are without treatment or support, and the Community Newspapers editorial staff for the editorial, 'Dealing with homeless issue should be a regionwide effort' in the Oct. 19 issue.

I'd like to note the high percentage of inmates in our jails and prisons who, though mentally ill, are held accountable for their actions in a punitive justice system.

Letting these people out of protective state institutions to fend for themselves, seems rather like letting birds out of a cage so we can 'pick them off.'

JACQUE FRENCH

Beaverton

Dozens of reasons to support Bonamici

I have dozens of reasons why I think Democrat Suzanne Bonamici should represent House District 34 in Salem, but her commitment to our children's education is right at the top.

Suzanne saw how the lack of stable funding was hurting our schools, so she became an active volunteer in the Beaverton School District. As a board member of the Beaverton Education Foundation, she helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for innovative classroom and after-school opportunities.

When overcrowding threatened learning in local schools, Suzanne worked to help pass crucial bond measures. She also helped ensure that arts education has a place in our schools.

Suzanne has served as a PTO president, a site council and local school committee member, an art literacy volunteer, and for 10 years she has helped to introduce school children to our court system through the Classroom Law Project.

Suzanne will ensure that we have someone in Salem standing up for what's important to us - like strong public schools. She'll get my vote.

PETER WENDEL

Beaverton

Beaverton schools in need of help

The Beaverton schools are desperately in need of our help. Overcrowding has occurred in the district for several years. It has now reached the point where over half of our schools are over capacity. You can witness this as you drive by the schools and see the many portable classrooms in daily use.

I have been selling real estate in the Beaverton area for over 40 years. The leading reason for people to move to Beaverton has been for the schools. Recently, however, people have expressed concern about overcrowding affecting the quality of education for their children.

We now have the opportunity to enhance the learning environment of our youth by voting in favor of measure 34-139. This will provide over 100 new classrooms and two new elementary schools. We urgently need these additions to provide a good learning atmosphere for our students. All of our futures depend on well-educated children.

Please join with me in voting in support of Ballot Measure 34-139

BOB HAMLIN

Beaverton

Say yes to student success through BEF

Students struggling to learn English are getting some high-tech help this year in a special after-school workshop at Beaverton High School that enhances their computer skills, provides help with their homework and boosts language learning.

This English Language Learning Technology Advancement Workshop is just one of many programs provided this year by the Beaverton Education Foundation.

For the past seven years, the privately-funded foundation has spent more than $1.25 million on programs that boost academic achievement, attendance and personal success among students in the Beaverton School District.

On the nights of Nov. 13-16, student volunteers will call and ask your support during the annual Beaverton Education Foundation Phone-A-Thon. Please say 'yes' to student success.

JANIS COLLINS

Beaverton

School bond good investment

There is a very important measure for our local Beaverton schools on the Nov. 7 ballot. Bond Measure No. 34-139 is urgently needed to relieve the overcrowding due to population growth, protect the quality of our children's education, and make critical repairs.

More than 60 percent of those who voted in May supported the $195 million bond, but since it didn't meet Oregon's double-majority rule, it didn't pass. Things haven't changed. Nineteen of our of 31 elementary schools still have enrollment near or over 100 percent and four out of five of the district's comprehensive high schools are operating over 105 percent capacity. Another 4,000 students are expected to enroll in the district by 2010.

Strong schools are the foundation of a healthy economy. They prepare students for college and the workforce. Strong schools allow local businesses like Platt Electric to recruit and hire the talent we need for economic growth. Companies looking to relocate consider the strength of local schools when choosing to move into the area.

Voting yes to support education is a wise choice and good investment in the future of our community. After all, the 36,000-plus students in the Beaverton School District today are our future.

HARVEY PLATT, chairman and CEO

Platt Electric Supply

Deguc has more experience on bench

In choosing the candidate to assume the bench in the 20th District, voters have an easier task than they may think.

Vincent Deguc possesses over three times the legal experience as Charlie Bailey, has prior bench experience as a pro tem judge, and has been involved in Measure 11 cases since its inception. Charlie Bailey has only been working Measure 11 cases for a fraction of that time.

Voters can break the cycle of political maneuvering by special interest groups by choosing a candidate for judge that has a proven record of objective performance, has the respect of current judges, DAs, victims, county leaders, and is interested in justice for both victims and the accused.

Experience counts in this nonpartisan election, not politics.

Elect Vincent A. Deguc for Washington County Judge, Position 6.

DEVIN HIGGINS

Beaverton

Bond a vote for more facilities for students

This letter is to express support for the Beaverton School District bond measure appearing in our Nov. 7 ballot. I particularly wish to address those voters who may not have children in our schools or whose children have already graduated.

My children graduated many years ago and have successful professional lives. They had good schools.

I did not pay fully for their school buildings; others built the buildings which my wife and I attended. Now it is our turn to support the classrooms and other facilities for those who are now attending and who will attend in the near future.

Much has been written and spoken about the desirability for smaller class sizes. How do we accomplish this unless we provide the spaces needed, as well as the teachers?

Only by this type of cooperative effort can we ensure the successful future of our educational system. With available land in short supply and costs escalating each day, it is important that the new and improved buildings anticipated by the proposed bond levy be constructed as outlined by the Beaverton School District's plans. It will not impose an impossible burden in taxes.

As I said before, now it is our turn to repay those who provided our buildings and teachers.

FORREST C. SOTH

Beaverton

Krummel really cares about Oregonians

You may have heard about all the mobile and manufactured home parks closing right and left in the metro area lately. The demand for buildable land is causing many park owners to sell and residents are kicked out with few places to go. Most of these residents are retired with limited income. It costs over $20,000 to move a manufactured home. Most older mobile homes can't be moved.

My park is closing soon in the Aloha area. Even though this is a lousy situation, there's one person who's become a hero to mobile home residents: state Rep. Jerry Krummel. He not only passed a new law offering $10,000 tax credits to those of us forced to move from our parks, but he comes out in person to give us information about where to turn for help. His office is available to help us with additional information that we didn't obtain at the resource fair meetings.

Jerry really cares about Oregonians. He's already working on new laws to provide further assistance to mobile and manufactured home owners. I hope voters in Aloha, Wilsonville, Sherwood and other communities will join me in supporting Jerry Krummel for re-election.

VIVIAN FAIRBURN

Beaverton