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Letters: Changing county focus; imagine CCC; 'I feel' complaint; alternative to CRC

by: PHOTO COURTESY: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - New Clackamas County Chairman John Ludlow shakes hands with County Clerk Sherry Hall after he took office last week in a swearing-in ceremony administered by Circuit Court Judge Susie L. Norby.Thanks to all of you for joining me on this journey of running for office we have taken together this last year. So many of you have told me your stories, given me your support, volunteered for me, hosted events, and made campaign calls. You have put up yards signs, installed field signs, attended events, and joined me in the “rolling up the sleeves” part of campaigning. It has been a long road, but our efforts have been worth every minute. We have won!

Our work now has a different focus. Clackamas County is a great place to live and will become even better as we focus the next four years on job creation, public safety and roads! We have a budget to balance, debt to pay off and make sure we give priority to focusing on what Clackamas County residents support while still working with our partners outside of the county.

We have much to do. I am so humbled that you have entrusted Tootie Smith and I to serve you. Because of our key wins, the commission has a balance that will represent listening to residents and making sure basic services in Clackamas County are addressed.

John Ludlow

Clackamas County chairman

Help imagine CCC

Clackamas Community College is approaching it 50th year of service in 2016 and is asking the community for their help envisioning the future of education and training at the college. The college has embarked on a community engagement initiative called “Imagine Clackamas” and welcomes community input through an online survey.

As a member of the CCC Board of Education representing Zone 3 serving Gladstone, Oak Grove and the west Clackamas area, I share CCC’s vision to create a brighter future for students and district members. The college is your best option for quality, affordable education and training, whether you are training for career, returning to work or gaining new skills.

Community members are invited to participate in the “Imagine Clackamas” online survey and help shape the future of Clackamas Community College. The survey takes just 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed online at clackamas.edu through Feb. 15.

The feedback collected from the “Imagine Clackamas” survey will help guide the college’s decision-making processes, priorities and activities, and will help us prepare for our 50th Anniversary in 2016 and beyond.

It will shine a light on areas where we should improve and adapt the college’s educational and training services to better meet the needs of the communities we serve today and in the future.

Judith Ervin

Gladstone

I think, I want, I advise

In recent months, I noticed the Gladstone City Council minutes writer is inserting “I feel ....” before statements made by people testifying. It happens too often to attribute to chance: “I feel” is attached to a female testifying, when she never used the phrase. Most of the time, the men get, “he said, he testified, he thinks, he wants” etc. (all acceptable sentence starters).

Why in 2013 would a city produce inaccurate minutes that are offensive, sexist and sexually discriminatory in public meeting minutes? I want the city to stop this sexist practice. The city did not answer my recent letter concerning the misquotes. They ignored my request to put the subject on the next meeting minutes.

Perhaps the minutes writer needs some sexual harassment-avoidance training. Adopt the policy: Never use “I feel” in the minutes of any person’s testimony unless they actually say it. It’s inaccurate. Sometimes people say “I feel” out loud. If so, feel free to quote it.

Sate law requires “accurate meeting minutes.”

In some circles the phrase “I feel” is considered illiterate and inferior. So misquoting such phrases to women’s speech is discriminatory. It is comparable to saying, “She is so emotional, we don’t have to listen to her,” etc.

However, the minutes writer continues to take liberties and repeatedly singles out feminine voices for “I feel,” when the woman did not use the phrase. This is gender bias. It’s offensive to women. Please clean up the minutes from now on. Accuracy is good. Sexism is illegal.

Another serious inacuracy appears in the July 2012 minutes. Two female citizens were quoted as having used the word disturbed. We did not. I find the minutes writer’s insertion of those words, “feel” and “disturbed” very, very offensive and gender-bias discrimination. To remedy the problem, it looks like I must hire an attorney and file a lawsuit against the city.

Is there anyone out there who shares my concerns?

Rose Johnson

Gladstone

Editor’s note: City Administrator Pete Boyce notified Gladstone City Council’s minutes writer of these observations. “Moving forward she will consider this input, and city staff will review minutes with your observations in mind,” Boyce wrote last week to Johnson, asking for detailed citations of specific examples of possible inaccuracies. Boyce told this newspaper that City Council may vote to correct the minutes if any discrepancies are found.

Alternative bridge possible

I agree with the reasoning of Economic Transportation Alliance on why the Columbia River Crossing Project as proposed is bad for our region, Clackamas County and interstate commerce.

The most important reason that I endorse their position is that there are better, more reasonable alternatives to the CRC Project that make more sense. An alternative can truly solve congestion and freight-mobility problems/opportunities within the Portland-Vancouver region that eliminate the justification for CRC Project in its entirety. The most important critical values of the attributes provided by the alternatives are: that they cost less and provide better results.

As a resident of Clackamas County and a citizen member of the Clackamas County Transportation Advisory Committee, charged with developing the long-term Transportation System Plan (TSP), I see this CRC Project as eliminating 90 percent of the critical federal funding my county needs to fund its critical projects we are prioritizing. This proposed CRC Project will equally hurt all counties in the state of Oregon, because of how it takes virtually all of the next 20 years of federal funding and puts it into one project, with limited advantages and justification.

Please read their press release and join in with the call to not provide funding to continue with the CRC Project, which results in stopping bleeding of people and resources, enabling a refocus on what is important.

Paul Edgar

Oregon City

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