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Tips for Ted

• When our new governor gets installed in Salem, he'd better be all ears

Public officials never run short of people telling them what to do.

Advice comes in from everywhere, by phone, by e-mail and from people stopping them on the street.

Never is that more true than when they first take office. Ask Ted Kulongoski. Since Nov. 5, Oregon's governor-elect has been swamped with suggestions about what to do, what to say and who to hire.

'I may change my cell phone number before it's over,' he said.

They hit him with advice on taxes, schools, jobs, bowling Ñ on just about everything, including what to do with the Oregon quarter coin that will be released in 2005.

The sheer volume of the advice, he said, indicates the high hopes that voters have for the incoming administration.

'People want me to succeed,' he said. 'People want Oregon to move forward.'

Kulongoski said he wants his administration to reflect many Oregon voices. So to that end, the Portland Tribune solicited a series of 'Tips for Ted.' A wide range of advisers, including policymakers, high school students and small-business owners, offered a diverse mix of suggestions, advice, aphorisms and to-do lists.

In short, we have here a modest chorus of Portland voices telling Ted what to do. And it won't be the last time that happens.

'Stay connected with your constituents and keep bowling. That's one way to stay connected to real people who are doing real stuff.' Ñ Jo Ann Bowman, former state representative from Northeast Portland

'Don't wear so many suits and ties. I'd like to see you dress like an average Joe. Wear jeans or a funny T-shirt instead of being so serious. Throw some humor in there.' Ñ Kathy Nelson, Northeast Portland

'Somehow, some way, get involved in getting people back to work. We've got 7 percent unemployment.' Ñ Don Larson, North Portland

'Never, never argue with a reporter. Even when they're dead wrong, they're right.' Ñ Mike Beard, press secretary for vanquished Republican gubernatorial candidates Kevin Mannix and Ron Saxton

'Have the courage to do what's unpopular if that's what's right.' Ñ Frank Foti, Cascade General chief executive officer

'Don't waffle.' Ñ Vera Katz, Portland mayor

'Let people give jobs to the 14- and 15-year-olds. Now they all go to the 16-year-olds.' Ñ Ryan Hardy, 14, Benson High School freshman

'You can trust people under 30. Don't make your administration a reprise of the over-the-hill gang. Bring in new fresh faces to go with more experienced people.' Ñ Jack Roberts, Bureau of Labor and Industries commissioner

'If you're going to bowl in the Capitol, watch the marble floors. They chip easily.' Ñ Rep. Karen Minnis, R-Wood Village, Oregon House speaker-elect

'Cut more school days.' Ñ Danny Buck, 14, Benson High School freshman

'Use your political capital.' Ñ Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland

'If you want to put a tax on something like cigarettes, put taxes on things rich people buy, not poor people. The poor are already poor.' Ñ Dale Johnson, Southeast Portland

'Get control of state spending before you do anything else.' Ñ Richard Burke, Libertarian Party of Oregon executive director

'Before making budget cuts, walk in the shoes of the people who would be most affected. Try and live on $427 a month from welfare or go minimum wage. Go to the food banks and listen to people.' Ñ Charlene Zaharakis, Multnomah County community health nurse

'I see new construction on roads and down on the riverfront, but we can't afford school libraries. Take some of that money and put it in schools.' Ñ Shannon Brough, Southeast Portland

'Listen to the people.' Ñ Keith Johnson, Lake Oswego

'I've seen you in your bright yellow bowling shirt. Maybe try something in a burnt sienna.' Ñ Katherine Ross, Northeast Portland, makeup and hairstyle consultant

'For your own thrill and satisfaction, I suggest you make a point of traveling everywhere in Oregon. It's a wonderful, wonderful state. That's one of the great things I remember from my eight years.' Ñ Vic Atiyeh, governor from 1979-87

'It's time for Oregon to finally have a governor who endorses the importance of charitable giving by the example he sets. Ted, give until it hurts!' Ñ Greg Chaille, Oregon Community Foundation president

'Every couple of years, the media make bowling the new hot thing. But it never goes away. So you don't have to reinvent yourself all the time. Just stay with what you're doing.' Ñ Glenn Misner, Grand Central Bowl longtime employee

'Don't look at the Portland region as just Portland. And in the land use arena, 'We've done it that way for 30 years' is not a sufficient explanation for why we do things.' Ñ David Bragdon, Metro president-elect

'Make sure your guitar is grounded with your vocal mike.' Ñ Paul deLay, blues singer

'Bring integrity back to the Democratic Party. Take a stand. Have a spine. Define issues like the environment, health and social services. Liberal is not a dirty word.' Ñ Kara Hafner, Multnomah County community health nurse

'Get us better textbooks. We have textbooks that came out when my mom was born.' Ñ Bryson Hampton, 14, Benson High School freshman

'Your task is difficult but not impossible. Intense focus, careful planning, a smooth approach and a crisp follow-through will win the prize.' Ñ John Koch, West Orient Middle School principal

'You have no choice but to ignore your union brethren and say, 'The jig's up, boys.' Agree to a rewrite of the Public Employee Retirement System that gets rid of the deficit or we'll do it without you.' Ñ Don McIntire, Taxpayers Association of Oregon president

'Get Oregon working again by re-striping the highways to look more like bowling lanes. And keep businesses from leaving by making the roads coming into the state a little smoother than the roads heading out.' Ñ Mark Mason and Dave Anderson, hosts of KEX's 'Mark and Dave Show'

'Capitalize on Oregon's creative resources. Devise and market incentives that foster the creative spirit and our talented entrepreneurial youth.' Ñ Jeremy Emerson, Finestra Media creative director

'You were elected as a Democrat. Now govern as an independent.' Ñ Nick Fish, attorney and former City Council candidate

'You need to be accessible and listen to a broad range of viewpoints. The world's made up of many viewpoints, and there are a lot of answers out there that can only be found by mucking around with a cross section of people.' Ñ Rob Drake, Beaverton mayor

'You must serve all of Oregon, not just a vocal minority or those with the best sound bite or saddest story. We can truly prosper only with leadership that serves all Oregonians, employed or unemployed, rich or poor, wise or simple.' Ñ Leah Lively, Lane Powell Spears Lubersky attorney

'Forget politics and actually help people. This is our state, so do what you can do to make this state the best.' Ñ Jeff Wynn, Wynn's Hot Dogs owner, Southwest Fourth Avenue and Morrison Street

'Lead with your heart.' Ñ Rep. Steve March, D-Portland

'You will need to seek open and honest solutions to the state's problems. So you will need to be more fair than the politicians and politics you left behind on the Oregon Supreme Court.' Ñ Larry George, Oregonians in Action executive director

'With that great square jaw, wonderfully colorful bowling shirts and that haircut, you could market a Ted Kulongoski Pez dispenser.' Ñ Art Krug, comedian

'Stay connected with your constituents, and keep bowling. That's one way to stay connected to real people who are doing real stuff.'

Ñ Jo Ann Bowman, former state representative from Northeast Portland

'For your own thrill and satisfaction, I suggest you make a point of traveling everywhere in Oregon. It's a wonderful, wonderful state. That's one of the great things I remember from my eight years.'

Ñ Vic Atiyeh, governor from 1979-1987

'You must serve all of Oregon, not just a vocal minority or those with the best sound bite or saddest story. We can truly prosper only with leadership that serves all Oregonians, employed or unemployed, rich or poor, wise or simple.'

Ñ Leah Lively, Lane Powell Spears Lubersky attorney

'Forget politics and actually help people. This is our state, so do what you can do to make this state the best.'

Ñ Jeff Wynn, Wynn's Hot Dogs owner, downtown

'Don't look at the Portland region as just Portland. And in the land use arena, 'We've done it that way for 30 years' is not a sufficient explanation for why we do things.'

Ñ David Bragdon, Metro president-elect

'Your task is difficult but not impossible. Intense focus, careful planning, a smooth approach and a crisp follow-through will win the prize.'

Ñ John Koch, West Orient Middle School principal

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