Letters to the Editor for Oct. 26
- The Times - Opinion
Heart and soul of nation is in danger
As we approach this election, I am deeply troubled over the heart and soul of our nation.
Forty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lamented over the soul of our nation as the Vietnam War escalated. Again today he would mourn the spiritual malaise that has infected our nation.
So this upcoming election is most critical, for our nation's very soul is in grave danger. I recommend voting for state and national leadership that are ready to say 'enough' and begin the process of bringing our troops home now.
REV. DR. WESLEY TAYLOR
Deguc brings a lot of experience to bench
Vince Deguc has by far the most experience in matters before the court with over 31 years of legal experience and over 11 years as a pro tem judge. None of Vince's decisions have been overturned on appeal. His decisions have been right, based upon the law. The other candidate has only eight years of legal experience and none as a pro tem judge, and would need at least five to six years of on-the-job training by his own admission.
With Vince's 31years as a trial lawyer, he has gained a wide range of legal experience in matters of established law and case law. One cannot garner this same amount of knowledge in just eight years.
Vince was honored as Washington County Volunteer of the Year because he is committed to his community and the people of Washington County. He has served over 30 organizations as board member and/or president -organizations such as Loaves and Fishes, Oregon HEAT, Prepared Childbirth, Metropolitan Human Relations and the Oregon Food Bank for 22 years plus many others. He is also a Red Cross Blood/ Aphresis Donor and a mentor for high school seniors.
Vince's wide range of legal experience, solid judicial experience and a long list of volunteer service to the community make him the best qualified for this position. For more information, please go to www.vincentforjudge.com.
Also, check out the Oregon State Bar Web site to check further on both candidates. And don't forget to vote for judge Position 6.
Bruun keeps his word, gets results
There is one major reason why I am supporting Scott Bruun - Jessica's Law.
Rep. Bruun worked tirelessly to get Jessica's Law passed. It took until a special session, but he kept the pressure on his colleagues. With his work, kids in Oregon are safer today and sexual predators are in jail.
Our representative keeps his word and gets results.
Bruun has my vote.
Krummel works hard for district
I am very proud to live in state Rep. Jerry Krummel's legislative district. He has done so much for Sherwood and Wilsonville, and I want to encourage folks to vote for him.
Rep. Krummel is a hard worker for the people he serves. For the past four legislative sessions, he's opposed higher taxes, pushed for education reforms like eliminating the Certificate of Initial Mastery and supported affordable housing for our seniors such as his landmark mobile home bill.
We in legislative District 26 are represented by a citizen legislator who is honest. Rep. Krummel has not a hint of scandal or wrong-doing attached to his name.
I urge all residents of legislative District 26 to vote for Jerry Krummel.
M. SUSAN MILLER
Galizio pays attention to local issues
It's very refreshing and quite unusual when a state representative takes the initiative to get involved in a local issue and work to improve it. Yet, that's just what District 35 Rep. Larry Galizio has done. Larry pointed out that an ODOT 99W corridor study stated ODOT would contribute funding to local municipalities for local road improvement if it was part of a plan to reduce traffic on state highways.
Larry has stated that if the city of Tigard develops a plan to reduce traffic on state highways such as 99W and Hall Boulevard by improving local road intersections without creating problems in neighborhoods, he will make sure ODOT sits down with city officials to get this state funding.
I hope Tigard voters join with me in voting to re-elect Larry Galizio as our state representative. This is the kind of attention to local issues we need in our legislators.
Library levy will help restore services
All we have to do is look at the parking lot of our new Tigard Public Library to see how popular our library is and how important it is to our community. That's why I hope we will all support Ballot Measure 34-126, the local option levy to maintain countywide library services.
Passage of 34-126 would mean that some of the open hours that had to be cut in order to balance our library's budget could be restored. It would mean support for library/literacy programs such as those that help children learn to love books and reading. (So very important.) It would mean more new books and materials to keep up with the increasing numbers of people - of all ages - who use our library.
In the last 10 years Washington County has grown 26 percent. Library use has increased 64 percent. Passing Measure 34-126 would mean an increase of just $2.75 a month for owners of a home assessed at $192,000. (Assessed value is different than market value.) That's a fixed rate of 17 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.
A vote for 34-126 will support public libraries in Washington County. It will provide funding for our Tigard Public Library. Please vote and urge your friends and neighbors to do the same.
Incorporation a self-serving scheme
It has become increasingly evident to me that one of the driving forces for incorporation on Bull Mountain is an attitude of elitism.
I believe the backers of incorporation are planning on having their own little California-style domain here on the hill. And, since I think they lack the tools to operate a city, I believe we will all be paying California-style taxes.
As someone who bootstrapped out of the South Bronx tenements and retired from an actual job, I have no desire to subsidize a bunch of yuppies who want to play 'city.'
So, if you think you are better than the rest of us, then by all means vote for this new play city. Otherwise, please join me in voting a resounding 'no' to what looks like to me as a self-serving scheme of the few.
WILLIAM B. WHITE
Unincorporated Bull Mtn.
Incorporation a good financial move
Financially, this whole Bull Mountain incorporation decision is a no-brainer.
If I can say that my home is in 'Bull Mountain, Ore.' instead of saying it's somewhere in 'unincorporated Washington County,' my property will definitely become more desirable to a prospective buyer. The resale value of my property should easily rise more than enough to cover the few hundred extra dollars that incorporation will cost.
That's an easy investment decision, and it will be in place permanently for whenever I decide to sell my property.
Putting all of the other benefits of incorporation aside, just on finances alone, I'll vote 'yes.'
Unincorporated Bull Mtn.
Glenn shooting needs public inquest
Over the last few weeks I've read as many articles and watched as many news stories as possible regarding the death of Lukus Glenn. It is a tragedy that makes any parent shudder.
Knowing Luke and the family makes it even harder to deal with. Watching how it has affected his parents breaks my heart. Hindsight has shown so many alternative directions this event could have gone. The problem is that most people would not have the information or experience to make a judgment. The police are, or should be, far more prepared to deal with stressful and potentially dangerous situations than most of us in the general public.
In this case it seems to me that things got out of control, and no one there was trained well enough to de-escalate things before they ended the way they did. Again, hindsight is 20/20. The problem is that the police version has changed several times and seems to be rather flexible. Distances have been inconsistent as well as perceived intentions regarding Lukus. That is where some accountability would be the responsible thing to do.
The only way for all of this to be cleared up so people like me can regain trust is to put all out in the open. Like so many of my friends have said, 'This needs a public inquest.'
If the departments involved feel confident that they did the right thing, then stating so in front of the people they serve and protect shouldn't be all that much to ask.
STEVE WHITE and family
UGB is what affects Roshak's farm
As I understand the Oct. 19 letter from the Roshak family of Bull Mountain, they believe that if a new city is formed, their beautiful 90-year-old blueberry farm will be put out of business by the new city. I think that the Roshaks might be confused by the ever-changing land-use situation in their area.
In 2002, Metro added their property and those around them to the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) as Expansion Area 64, making it mandatory under state law that master planning occurs where they live. That process is just about to begin, either under the direction of Washington County or the city of Bull Mountain, depending on the voters. Their whole area and its planning are destined to change because it is now within the UGB, not because it might be part of the city of Bull Mountain.
The density rules are determined by Metro, not by the county or by the city. Nobody intends to condemn the Roshak's land or to close their farm. And eventually, beyond any doubt, either the city of Tigard or the city of Bull Mountain will be the Roshaks' local government, and their taxes will increase by almost the identical amount either way.
The two things that are impacting the Roshaks' area are Metro's UGB expansion and the fact that lots of people want to move to the Bull Mountain area.
Voting for a new city of Bull Mountain will have no bearing on the longevity of Blueberry Hill Farm, which is good news, as my family buys lots of blueberries there.
Unincorporated Bull Mtn.
Radley explains run for two positions
The letter from Renee Cannon (in the Oct. 12 Times) contains a remarkable number of factual errors and serious omissions. I therefore feel I should respond.
Here is a simple summary of my activities this 2006 election season.
I am running for two offices, Oregon House District 26, and the city council of Bull Mountain. It is not unusual for a candidate to run for multiple positions under the following conditions.
In Oregon there are two types of elected office, uncompensated (UC) and highly compensated (HC). A person may only hold one HC office. There is no limit to the number of UC offices a candidate can run for or hold.
A person who already holds a HC office may not run for another. A person who holds no HC office can only run for one.
A brief review of the voters' pamphlet reveals at least one other person in a similar situation to myself. Terry Rilling is mayor of Cornelius, presumably a UC office. He is running this year for Oregon House of Representatives District 29, an HC office. No problem there at all.
Now let me address the specific errors in Renee Cannon's letter point by point:
Cannon wrote, 'We do not know for sure how much pay the council will get.' That is not correct. When a new city council is formed, state law requires that the councilors be uncompensated. The city would have the power at a future date to introduce compensation. However, all of the Bull Mountain candidates have indicated no intention to introduce any form of compensation. In the hypothetical event that compensation were introduced, then any city council member who holds another HC office would have to either resign the previous HC office or resign from the city council. No problem there.
Renee states, 'Radley slipped through a loophole.' That is not correct. My actions are fully within the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. Furthermore, this year at least one candidate is in a similar race, e.g., Terry Rilling, mayor of Cornelius. There might be others I have not had time to research. There is no loophole here. I wonder why Renee is picking on me. The people of Cornelius seem to have no issue with their mayor running for state house, nor does the secretary of state.
Renee then says something rather interesting, and I summarize: (if) '… elected to both seats… he'll not have time to be an effective leader for either one.' Actually nothing is further from the truth. Incredibly, Renee seems completely unaware that Oregon legislative representatives are entitled to a leave of absence from employment. That is a rather significant material fact.
Balancing professional life and public service is a challenge for all elected legislative representatives - my situation would hardly be unique.
For that very reason, Oregon law provides as follows:
ORS 171.120 Prohibits discrimination against legislators and candidates because of leave required to serve in the legislative assembly. Partial quote (ORS 171.122):
'(1) Any member or prospective member of the Legislative Assembly...shall be granted a leave of absence from such regular employment position for such period of time as is reasonably necessary to permit such attendance or performance of duties…
'(4) Upon the termination of the leave of absence of the member or prospective member under this section, a member or prospective member shall be restored to the regular employment position...'
Therefore, if I were elected to both positions, I would be in a better position to serve than if I only won the city council position. I would take advantage of the leave of absence and focus my life primarily to public service for the two-year term. As a House representative I would have greater freedom and discretion to set my schedule to suit public needs, free from the attendance requirements of full time employment. There would be less conflict (if any at all) between the two offices than with my present employment.
Here is another error from Renee: 'The paperwork submitted for the new Bull Mountain city council clearly states it is a paid position.' But Renee did not specify to which paperwork she is referring - for good reason - no such paperwork exists. Oregon law requires the councilors be initially uncompensated, as discussed above. It is the same situation as the present mayor of Cornelius.
Thank you for this opportunity to correct the rather serious errors propagated by Renee Canon.
CHARLES F. RADLEY
Unincorporated Bull Mtn.
Devlin never loses touch with district
The upcoming election presents an opportunity to help education in our state. We are proud supporters of Richard Devlin, who is running for re-election to the Oregon State Senate.
All citizens of Oregon benefit from Oregon's commitment to public schools and public universities. Richard Devlin is the most active and outspoken advocate for adequate funding for all of education. He works hard and fights for what is right.
Richard Devlin is truly a public servant, someone who represents our interests and never loses touch with his constituents.
GERRY and GLORIA CRAIG