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Green Club keeps up efforts next school year

Congratulations to the Gladstone High School Green School Club!

One thing that makes me so proud is the school-wide involvement not mentioned in the recent article (“GHS wins state sustainability award,” June 13): Kathy Sherman’s class of Special Ed students have been a daily part of the recycling, sustainability and gardening programs, daily providing the school with fresh iced water for refillable bottles, sorting cafeteria waste for compost and recycling, shredding paper for the worm farm and gardening fresh vegetables used in the school salad bar.

These programs will continue and be expanded in 2012-13. Kudos to Mr. Brad Kuntz for encouraging involvement and not overlooking the resource these lovely students are. They are proud to serve.

Penny Peterson

GHS instructional assistant

Look at Sheehan’s record

Political attacks are all too commonplace in any election year. But when these attacks become personal and tacky smear campaigns, it’s time for our community to take notice, speak up, and remind our neighbors that this election is about the issues, not about gossip and rumors.

A recent letter to the editor published on Aug. 21 proposed that Representative Patrick Sheehan (HD 51) should no longer serve our community because of his “frat boy image.” I am fortunate to call Rep. Sheehan my elected official. The referenced letter to the editor did not discuss a single issue pressing our state or a single result obtained by Rep. Sheehan thus far in his tenure in Salem, and instead focused on tabloid fodder one would expect to read in line at the grocery store.

Let’s get down to the bottom line in this election.

Our state needs fixing. Rep. Sheehan has already demonstrated that he is a champion for his district and for the people of Oregon. He has worked with homeowners facing foreclosure (and has in fact intervened in some instances between the homeowner and the bank) and has helped some avoid losing their home.

Sheehan authored and passed a 911 funding bill that saved Clackamas County public safety a half-million dollars per year, and avoided double taxation on the residents of Happy Valley and Damascus. He voted to fund education before anything else in the state budget, preventing the K-12 budget from being used as a political football. And he was a chief sponsor of the Funeral Civility Act which aims to protect grieving families from funeral protestors. This list is non-inclusive.

You cannot argue with results. Attempting to shift the focus by taking cheap shots at a man who works tirelessly for our community and for our state is cowardly.

As a resident of Happy Valley/Clackamas for over 23 years, I am proud of my elected State Representative. Patrick Sheehan has earned my vote and my support because of his proven record and his determination to work toward resolution. Further, he has earned my respect because of the results he has delivered to our community.

Patrick Sheehan has been a respected advocate for his district and will continue to be as much in the future.

Deanna Rusch

Message from the chief

As of July 1, I began my tenure as fire chief for Clackamas Fire District No. 1. I’m honored and humbled to have been sworn-in.

Leadership is about inspiring change, cultivating excellence, and providing the highest quality service possible. Our employees and volunteers are dedicated to serving the community, and they do it through care, compassion, dedication, and professionalism. I’m very proud of the work being done every day to help keep our community safe.

We have had a busy past two months. At the beginning of July, we had a promotional ceremony for the following individuals: Ryan Hari to deputy chief, Dave Phillips to battalion chief, Doug Whiteley to fire marshal/administrative battalion chief, Zach Brown to lieutenant and Darren Knott to apparatus operator. They will be supported and mentored as they move forward in their career.

The fire district christened its new rescue boat on July 10. This new 22-foot Rigid Hull Inflatable is capable of traveling in six inches of water, while on plane with speeds approaching 60 mph. The new rescue boat is outfitted with a lighting package designed to increase safety and efficiency during night operations.

We participated in the annual National Night Out celebration throughout the Fire District on Aug. 7. This is an annual event in which the district enjoys participating.

Fred Charlton

Happy Valley

Chamber declines pick

The North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce believes in good government as a support of good business. Clackamas County voters are fortunate to have two fine candidates from which to choose for Clackamas County Commission Position 4.

The North Clackamas Chamber wishes that both the challenger, former State Rep. Tootie Smith, and the incumbent, Clackamas County Commissioner Jamie Damon, could serve on the board. Each candidate has talents and experiences that would benefit the board. Both are able advocates for rural Clackamas County and support economic development through controlled logging on government lands.

When serving in the Oregon House of Representatives, Smith had a strong voting record as a supporter of Oregon businesses. Her service on the Ways and Means Committee would help provide her insight into how to resolve the county’s budget problems.

Damon has demonstrated the willingness and ability to reach across ideological lines to find common ground on contentious issues. The commission needs a member with Damon’s level head and genuine interest in understanding the issues of the business community.

NCCC Board of Directors

Here they go again...Killing jobs in OC

In 2011, voters recalled Commissioner Jim Nicita. Why? Because he proposed an amendment to the Oregon City charter that would have killed The Rivers-Cabela’s project along with 1,500 jobs.

Today, a number of activists from Nicita’s group are still working to thwart city officials and the Urban Renewal Commission by putting Measure 3-407 on the November ballot.

This time around, however, the activists are trying to hide their true intentions under the “Right to Vote” guise. How do we know? Because, the exact same summary statement used in Nicita’s last attempt to change the City Charter is being used in the November ballot. This is a deceptive strategy that, if successful, will cripple all urban-renewal projects by politicizing efforts to attract businesses to invest in our community.

For voters who want to see economic vitality and jobs come to Oregon City, we urge you to see through this shameful sham and vote ‘No’ on Measure 3-407.

Nick Veroske

Downtown business owner

Time to clean house

I attended the light-rail hearing in front of the Clackamas County commissioners (“Commission approves $25M light-rail project payment,” Aug. 29).

I was one of the 90 concerned citizens who testified before the commission voted 3-1 in favor of the Clackamas County minority and thumbed their noses at the county majority. They decided to go ahead with the payment to TriMet before a Sept. 18 vote on Measure 3-401.

The one abstaining vote was Jim Bernard because of a conflict of interest and a current ethics investigation. The one no vote was from Paul Savas, who has been kept out of the loop by the other four commissioners.

Two of these commissioners, Jamie Damon and Chairwoman Charlotte Lehan, just committed political suicide. Commissioner Ann Lininger is not seeking re-election. There has also been a recall effort started against Bernard.

It is time to clean house and elect people who care about the people of Clackamas County.

Jeff Molinari

Milwaukie

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