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Letters - Sept. 22, 2011

Nathan Di Cenzo, Alex Kachirisky, Dean Suhr, Loretta Schwarz

Julie Parrish helped me in a time of need

Letter to the Editor:

I wanted to take the time to commend State Rep. Julie Parrish for her assistance in a true time of need. As is true for most everyday citizens, it's easy to become skeptical and cynical about even those very politicians we (personally) and individually support.

Over my previous career, I had (the) unique opportunity to rub shoulders with government leaders from the bottom to the top. It's sad to say that many of them - regardless of party - fail to adequately represent their constituency.

In our day and age, our local, state and federal governments have created such an immense gap in between themselves and the common citizen that all the Sellwood and I-5 bridge projects around the nation could ever cross. I, too, gave up on government to do anything but serve themselves.

I was proven wrong late last year into the start of this year. During a time of extreme personal crises, Rep. Julie Parrish jumped in.

Parrish went far beyond professional expectations to prove to me - the common citizen - that some politicians really do care. As a sort of shot in the dark, I sent Parrish an email one afternoon last year to explain my difficulties. I was shocked to receive a phone call within an a couple hours. What shocked me more was that it was after hours and I could tell she was at home taking time to talk to me, a normal guy - (an) everyday citizen.

Parrish followed through, heard my hardships and did what she could to part the waters.

As a result, she was able to cut through months of 'red tape' with Oregon State PERS in a matter of days. Rep. Parrish saved my family during a time of extreme financial difficulty.

During a time I needed (my) earnings the most - a tipping point between just making it and poverty, my earnings were unobtainable. Because of wasted bureaucratic nonsense and impractical laws, rules and protocol fueled by personal motivations, our PERS system is among the worst in the nation. Rep. Parrish proved to help the common citizen while at the same time take a stand to confront our state's biggest bureaucratic failures, Oregon State PERS.

Thank you, Julie, from all of us,

Nathan Di Cenzo

West Linn

(Editor's note: Julie Parrish, West Linn, serves as State Representative for House District 37 - serving the communities of Tualatin, Stafford and West Linn.)

Police need new building to better protect us

Letter to the Editor:

In the case of whether or not to replace the existing West Linn Police Station, most people agree on two things: The building needs to be replaced for many reasons, and no one wants to spend a lot of money doing so. In November, we have (the) ability to appease both sides.

Clearly, in this economic climate, it would be irresponsible to place any undue tax burden on the residents of West Linn. But most people will agree that a 25-cent-per-day increase in property taxes on a half-million dollar home - assessed value - to build a new police station does not qualify as a tax burden to most homeowners in West Linn. This is a minor cost to incur to build a police station.

We must always be proactive and look to the future when setting goals. Building this new police station will not place any undue burden on the residents of West Linn.

It's our responsibility to plan for replacement now, not rebuild in haste at a greater expense later. We should never take our first responders for granted; they need the best tools available to do their job protecting us.

Vote yes for Measure 3-377.

Alex Kachirisky

West Linn

Thanks to citizens who paid tribute to 9/11 victims

Letter to the Editor:

It was my honor to help facilitate the 9/11 events held in West Linn (earlier this month), but the real acknowledgements go to the hundreds of citizens who participated in the grassroots yellow ribbon project and attended the remembrance ceremony at Willamette Park.

It was truly humbling to be in the presence of nearly two dozen fire and police personnel. They were the true heros of the day. We specifically acknowledge the support of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Station 59 with their water rescue boat that made the ceremony especially poignant.

We have posted links to an event video and pictures at http://WestLinnRemembers.com. I personally want to thank the Tidings for excellent event coverage and Bridget Saladino at city hall for her help.

Dean Suhr

West Linn

Time to vote yes for new police station

Letter to the Editor:

The new police station has been re-sited (with a) new location and at reduced costs.

The community police development committee of 16 committed, responsible citizens revealed their recommendations to West Linn City Council for a new police station in their report in May 2010.

In their view, West Linn deserves a new police station so that we can retain a very safe community. After a thorough study, they showed why we need a new police station.

Since our police station was built 75 years ago, the building needs updating in many areas. To bring the old building up to current standards is too costly, so build a new one.

Our 31 members at the police department work under unsafe conditions (and) work in limited and small (spaces) to perform their work. And police records (are) stored in several areas.

The committee's report revealed other major deficiencies, and they are as follows:

* The police parking (lot) is unsecure and limited;

* (There is) no protection from the weather;

* (The) building doesn't meet seismic requirements;

* (There are) inadequate facilities for disabled people;

* (There is) undersized administrative space (and) no meeting space within offices;

* (There are) heating, cooling, lighting and electrical deficiencies;

* (There are) poor storage areas for evidence files; and,

* There is a detainee flight risk.

After a thorough review, evaluation of the very old police station, the community police development committee made a strong recommendation to the city council to put the new police station on the November 2011 ballot.

After reading the committee's report, I support the building of the new police station. Now is the time to vote yes for the new police station. Please, vote yes.

Loretta J. Schwarz

West Linn