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Letters: Savas candidacy generates community reaction

by: FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - County Commissioner Paul Savas is seen celebrating on election night in September 2012 with Jim Knapp, who was the chief petitioner on a measure that now forces votes on public-rail proposals in Clackamas County. Savas' views on light rail and other county issues in last week's newspaper generated a lot of reader interest.What a pragmatic, focused article (“County ‘compels’ 2014 run for Savas,” March 27) about advancing Clackamas County’s future!

I totally support Savas’ efforts on Clackamas County economic issues. Why waste precious government resources on “jousting at windmills”?

Only a few activists, including Savas, were trying to stanch light rail over five years ago. Stopping the project now, after the finalization of numerous inter-governmental agreements and contracts, may well be a sad exercise in futility. Too bad many citizens believe their upcoming vote on 4-301 might end light rail in our county.

Instead of more money flushed away fighting the Columbia River Crossing, let’s keep the county’s work directed at the roads and industrial land development issues that will bring jobs and prosperity to Clackamas County. I have supported Savas’ leadership for many years.

Instead of populist blather, Savas works smartly on conservative budgeting and business development — just what I believe we need.

Richard F. Jaskiel

Milwaukie

Superfluous research

What a shock to pick up the March 27 Clackamas Review and see the article “County ‘compels’ 2014 run for Savas.”

In our opinion, as former campaign workers for Commissioner Paul Savas, we are highly disappointed regarding the impressions we were given as to where Paul did/would stand on certain issues. Those impressions have changed dramatically. Mr. Savas did not participate in the voting of the Sellwood Bridge issue. One of our questions is this: How can Paul, as reported in the Review, state that the CRC is none of our concern? It should be our concern. Won’t it have a direct impact on Clackamas County? If the funding for this issue goes forth, are we not “stealing” money from other transportation projects?

It appears to us that we are never able to get a direct answer from Paul. His stock reply is always the same: “I need to do further research on this.” While we agree the commissioners need to be informed of the issues; decisions need to be made in a timely fashion.

As former supporters, we want to know: Where is Paul going with his leadership?

Shirley Camm

Yvonne Lazarus

Oak Grove

Thanks for representing us

I’m happy to see that Paul has decided to run again for County Commissioner.

I know it is an office that poses lots of challenges and requires seeing issues from many directions. Sometimes decisions are not always the most popular with everyone, but I know Paul and know him to be very honest and considerate. He has offered me good advice when we have had issues over land use.

I know he will stand up for the citizens of our community and I appreciate his strong voice in our behalf.

Punky Scott

Oak Grove

Occupy TriMet

There is an effort starting to have an Occupy TriMet sometime during the first week of May.

This will be at TriMet’s headquarters in downtown Portland. Since Clackamas County residents overwhelmingly do not want the Portland/Milwaukie Orange Line, we are hoping to have a turnout of somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 residents.

TriMet does not want the people to have a say-so on this project. Measure 3-401 begs to differ. The taxpayers/voters are the ones who hire our elected officials. If elected officials want to keep their jobs, then they must go along with what the majority of voters want.

Two previous Clackamas County commissioners found out that their support of TriMet and the unions couldn’t help them keep their jobs. The trend is going to continue. The people are fed up and will not be ignored.

Stay tuned.

Jeff Molinari

Milwaukie

More kudos needed

In your article giving kudos to the Oregon City High School girls state-champion snowboard team, you also noted the Second Annual Rail Jam, a fundraiser for both the girls and boys snowboard teams (“OCHS snowboarders bring home the GOLD,” March 27).

Thanks also must go to Oregon City Lithia Subaru for their significant contribution to the Rail Jam, which included a Subaru Cruise In and Fusion day passes to Mount Hood. Oregon City is fortunate to have Lithia Subaru as a community member, demonstrated by its support of our children and families.

Chris Sweet

Oregon City

Tax dollars to track down

Can’t tell you how much this irks me. Seemingly intelligent so call experienced hikers go up on the mountain without a tracker or telling people where they are going.

They put searchers lives in danger. This one was lucky and finally found. Possible frostbite and a broken ankle. Lucky to be alive. How many times does someone have to die up on Mt. Hood before people stop doing this? I think they should have to pay every cent that was spent trying to find them. Why should my tax dollars have to pay for someone who thinks they are so experienced they don’t have to slap on a tracking device?

I am happy this turned out better then the ones that died up there but they too could possibly still be here.

Charmian Inman

Clackamas

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