by: CARTOON COURTESY: DEBRA BLASZAK - This editorial cartoon was created by Debra Blaszak, a resident of Milwaukie, and her illustrator, Rene Sanders, in response to recent articles about PERS and an ambulance-contract fight in Clackamas County.Opinion seeks to intimidate voters

First, it is bad enough that the Clackamas Review continues to so recklessly publish such stuff as Clackamas River Water Commissioner Grafton Sterling’s opinion piece (“Union rips off CRW ratepayers,” Jan. 30) with no attempts to check into the facts.

There is little question that this article is another attempt to intimidate petition circulators and signers, as well as voters.

However, it was the choice of the Review staff, themselves, to choose such a defamatory headline for this piece. Not a good idea.

Barbara Kemper


Promote tourism, not retail wasteland

A new state park at the old Blue Heron paper mill site is a great idea (“A state park at Willamette Falls?” Feb. 6).

Rather than allowing another profiteering developer to turn the site into another retail wasteland, a state park would not only serve to highlight the history of the falls, but also would enhance tourism in Oregon City. We live in a city with a rich cultural heritage, and we should not continue to allow roughshod development to destroy that heritage.

It is quite refreshing to see someone considering a use for this site other than the usual WalMart, Cabela’s, Cinetopia or other shortsighted, unimaginative, money-driven ideas.

A state park would bring more tourism dollars to Oregon City, and would also provide a great place for local residents to spend the day.

Dennis Gallagher

Oregon City

Amen to state park

I think Jim Morgan’s idea of a State Park at the old Blue Heron/Smurfit site is an excellent idea—worthy of an immediate, serious plan to be considered by state, city and county officials, and local businesspeople. Maybe the state should also consider development funding of the Oregon Interpretive Center/Museum and the development of a campground near there—and the OC Trolley can run between both.

The sites mentioned above could be developed into a great tourist draw. If people are concerned about finding space for business development and jobs in our area, then maybe they should seriously revisit the dormant Beavercreek Concept Plan instead.

Robert Malchow

Oregon City

Train select troop’

Your newspaper’s Editorial Board wrote in (“Don’t rush to judgment on gun laws,” Jan. 30) that the new proposals for gun laws would have little or no effect on hunters or people who lawfully carry concealed weapons. Unfortunately, this viewpoint sets limits on my rights that do not exist.

To U.S. founders, hunting or self defense were an obvious given. Alexander Hamilton wrote regarding the militia in the Federalist no. 29: “This will not only lessen the call for military establishments, but if circumstances should at any time oblige the Government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the People, while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights, and those of their fellow citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist.”

The idea was, and remains that people like me should be trained and armed in a similar manner as the “select troop” as Madison called it. It is my birthright as an American to keep these arms in my possession and bear them in force to; repel an invasion, suppress insurrection, participate in law enforcement, and, as a last resort, the American people have a right to insurrection if the circumstances of our society fall into a state of despotism.

These new laws would violate the contract between the people and the government that we call a Constitution. Liberty has its inconveniences, but I prefer them to any alternative.

I challenge you to print letters like mine as a matter of proper public discourse in a free society.

John Brandenburg


Teach the beach

I am an 18-year-old senior at La Salle High School in Milwaukie writing to ask that you please join me in an attempt to raise public awareness of a growing issue in our state, littering on the Oregon Coast.

After attending two separate beach clean-up events, I was a appalled at how much trash and debris our group picked up. The beach is littered with beer bottles, soda cans, fast-food wrappers and other garbage that simply shouldn’t be there.

Not only does this affect the natural beauty of our coast, but it also poses a major threat to anybody visiting the beach, as well as to all the animals who call the beach their home. Playing children, who are not paying attention, could easily step on broken glass bottles lying half-hidden in the sand. Parents should not have to worry about their children getting hurt on what is supposed to be a fun day at the beach.

This is an issue that should be brought to the attention of Oregonians so that we can come together as a community to try and stop this growing problem. Please help me raise awareness by using your media platform as a beacon for environmentally friendly men and woman to come together and help restore the beach.

Robert Blaine Boyd III

Oregon City

Definition of love

With Valentine’s Day fast upon us and my 52nd wedding anniversary a few months away, I’m drawn to give thought to-What is that which we call love?

I suggest that there are times in our lives when we feel pretty self-assured and harbor a certain degree of healthy egocentrism. For want of better words, we have a sense of comfortable oneness. Then someone enters our lives, and his or her presence brings change.

Over time we become aware that we are only experiencing that sense of oneness/inner happiness when we are, in any circumstance, with that “someone.” I submit that this is love.

D. Kent Lloyd


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