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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWith all the styles, colors, and options available, selecting the right window treatments can seem overwhelming. That’s why we have four tips to help you choose the perfect window coverings for your new place.

Don’t start with the cost: With custom window coverings, there is always a range of pricing that is influenced by add-on features, luxury finishes, and fabric styles. Chances are that no style of window covering is unattainable, even on a budget.

Determine what your windows need to do: Is you major concern blocking sunlight or preserving a captivating view? Is energy efficiency an important issue for you? Do you need a child-safe, cordless covering? Answering questions such as these can help point you in the direction of the right window covering type.

Define your decorating styles: Are your furnishings traditional, contemporary, or a combination of styles? Are your rooms neutral and calming or colorful and energizing? Do you prefer vibrant prints and geometrics or solid colors in intriguing textures? Define your style, and you’ll begin to see it shine through in your new home.

Give us a call!: With Budget Blinds you get a free, in-home consultation with a Style Consultant who can help translate your needs, style preferences, and budget into beautiful window coverings. You can see how samples of treatments, colors, fabrics, and finishes coordinate with your wall colors and furniture, taking the guesswork out of dressing your windows. Call us at 503-590-4333 to set up your in-home consultation.

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonFor those suffering from dementia, home can come with a lot of “no” answers, all with good reasons from the family’s point of view. “No, honey, you can’t go out there alone.” “No, that’s not safe.” ”No, you can’t use that/do that/ go there!” People with memory issues may feel limited in their own home.

“They may feel like people are always whispering about them behind their back,” says Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson. This can be frustrating from the senior’s point of view and certainly add to the paranoia and restlessness, since emotions are still intact.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care is being created to give all “yes” answers through the building design and staff training. Sunnyside Meadows provides a safe, non-restricted environment. The four neighborhoods have been thoughtfully designed for dementia and encourage residents to keep their minds and bodies active.

Every area presents a “Yes, go there, play there, wander there, and enjoy!” Stations are set up with interactive, hands-on life experience reminders, such as baseball cards, pipe fitting pieces, hats and necklaces, puzzles, games, an office or an art project.

Residents feel capable and purposeful when they participate and succeed in activities. Each aspect of the day has been centered on their well-being from the smell of freshly baked bread, to freedom to walk the many patios.

Models are now open for touring and seeing the “Yes”! Call Marie Nicholson at 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your tour.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonHappy Valley will be welcoming a new memory care community, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care, as the doors open this fall. Sunnyside Meadows invites the community to come “feel the warmth” and tour as models are open now!

Led by Administrator Pepsi LaCamp, an experienced and respected industry insider, and Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson, each 14-18 resident neighborhood at Sunnyside Meadows is named after an Oregon river. Featuring both private and companion apartments, each neighborhood supports interactive life stations, individualized activity programs, and a specialized environment for memory loss.

Not a corporate conglomerate, but a family-owned, local business, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care features a unique dementia neighborhood. The serene setting provides intimate areas for family visits and enclosed courtyards with safe walking paths.

Specially selected staff will be supervised by a full-time R.N. and L.P.N. resident care coordinator. The care team’s goal will be to meet the spoken and unspoken needs of residents with a can-do, positive spirit.  Call Marie Nicholson to tour 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWhen it comes to your home’s safety, you can never be too careful. We’ve already discussed some of the stylish and creative cordless window fashions for your home that are ideal when living with children and pets. Whether it’s the classic look of shutters, the versatility of shades, or any other cordless window covering, there are a number of great window treatments available that make your home a safer place.

If you’re still living with cords, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure a safe environment for you and your loved ones:

  • Move cribs, beds, or other furniture that children can climb on away from windows.
  • Keep all cords as short as possible and out of a child’s reach.
  • Be sure continuous-loop cords are firmly secured to the wall or floor to prevent a child or pet from becoming entangled.
  • Spring-assisted clutches can be installed to raise and lower window coverings, replacing cords.
  • Break-away tassels are designed to break apart under minimal stress to prevent entanglement.
  • Cord stops restrict how far internal ladder cords can be pulled from a blind or shade, eliminating the possibility of a loop big enough to fit over a child’s head.
  • Cord cleats safely secure cords up and away from a child’s reach.
  • Let Budget Blinds translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home. For a free, in-home consultation, call us at 503-590-4333 today!

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    BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieStatistics show that an average of one serious injury or fatality occurs each month from blind cord strangulation, both of which are highly avoidable. Cordless window treatments can help make your home a safer place for family and pets. These coverings offer both stylish fashions as well as elimination of cords, allowing you to design as creatively as you would like to.

    Wood, faux wood, composite, and honeycomb blinds are just a few of the options that can be made cordless, either through motorization or through wand-controlled operation of louvers, both of which eliminate dangerous, dangling cords.

    Shades are the most versatile window treatment, offering a wide variety of styles, color options, fabrics and material choices. Best of all, shades can be cordless or motorized making them ideal window coverings for those with children and/or pets in their homes and/or businesses.

    Another option to consider are shutters. Shutters are an incredible window treatment offering clean, crisp lines that complement all décor styles. Shutters are great for arched, rounded, and other unique window shapes that can be a challenge to address. All shutters are custom made from both premium wood and composite materials and they are always cordless.

    If you are ready to make your home safer for those you love, call us at 503-590-4333 for a free, in-home consultation. We can translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home.

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTO REPAIR INSIDER -


    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John Sciarra Before you hit the open road this summer, run through the Bernard’s Garage Road Trip Checklist to lower your chances of getting sidelined by vehicle troubles.

    Check your tires: Are your tires at the correct pressure? How much tread do your tires have left? How even is the tire wear? Tires are the most common component of vehicles to fail, so make sure yours are in good condition

    Make a road trip playlist: There’s nothing worse than the static of a radio with no service, so burn a CD or create an mp3 playlist with your favorite jams to keep the good times rolling.

    Check your different engine fluids: If your transmission fluid isn’t pinkish and almost clear, have it drained and changed out. Check to make sure you have the proper amount of coolant in your cooling system. And change out the oil and air filter in your engine. The improved fuel economy alone is reason enough.

    Bring some good snacks: There’s nothing worse than a car full of hungry people yelling at each other. Grab a couple of bottles of water per person, and have foods like trail mix, granola bars, bananas, and jerky handy for when hunger strikes

    Stop by Bernard’s Garage: At Bernard’s Garage, vehicle safety is our number one concern. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can help ensure your vehicle is running smoothly before your trip. Give us a call, check out the website, or stop by today!

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's here and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

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    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

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    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's right around the corner and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -


    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraSummer's imminent arrival means your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, the system may need to be recharged.

    Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, until researchers found it caused ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in vehicles built after 1994. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on an air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of periphery components at the same time.

    Why? The easy answer is working on an air conditioning system is about as fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    To avoid draining your refrigerant, removing your compressor, installing a new unit and refilling the system with new cool stuff — only to have you come back in a week and say it's still not cold enough — it makes sense to replace the necessary components.

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -


    SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

    While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

    Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

    Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

    Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

    Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

    Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

    Snap Fitness

    Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

    503-353-7627

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    Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170

    503-656-2580

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    Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

    Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

    As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

    Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

    If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

    Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

    Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

    The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

    Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

    Let’s get started.

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    Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

    503-353-7627

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    Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170

    503-656-2580

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTO MAINTENANCE INSIDER


    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

    For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

    At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

    Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

    The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

    An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

    We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

    Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

    It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    We have been communicating over the past several years how the Oregon City Chamber has become more engaged in large-issue advocacy.

    These large issues are those like this May Special Election,

    Measure 3-423. Essentially, this measure needs to be passed with a YES vote by Oregon City voters to eliminate the automatic rollback of water rates to 1994 levels. Setting Oregon City’s water rates to the levels of 20 years ago will be detrimental to the city’s ability to deliver and maintain a quality water supply.

    Our chamber’s advocacy efforts need not always be on large issues. We know advocacy for business comes in all shapes and sizes.

    Sometimes a single business needs an advocate. Take, for instance the Masonic Lodge in downtown Oregon City, purchased last year by a private equity firm. Based on a recommendation from the Government and Economic Affairs Committee, our Board of Directors voted unanimously to submit a letter of support for the use of urban-renewal façade improvements grant funds for the Masonic Lodge.

    The chamber hopes our effort will: 1) Demonstrate positive representation and support for our local businesspeople (and members) who are investing funds in existing buildings, and especially investments in rehabbing our most unique buildings for marketability, and 2) Demonstrate support to our Urban Renewal Commission to fund the façade improvements grant for the Masonic Lodge, furthering economic improvements in our downtown through this showcase effort.

    Masonic Temple Multnomah No. 1, 707 Main St., was constructed in 1907. This building is significant historically and architecturally. With four floors, its height and width make it one of the largest, most visible commercial buildings on Main Street.

    It’s hard to speculate what new uses and tenants will be occupying the Masonic Temple, but one thing is certain. Façade improvements and interior rehabilitation of this 106-year-old building will be cause for even greater celebration of our downtown economic renewal!

    Amber Holveck

    Oregon City

    Communicating with citizens

    The city of Happy Valley and its City Council have goals that we keep in mind as we go about our duties. One is to work towards a safe, livable community with a sense of pride and a strong idenity, and another is to provide effective and efficient services. When it comes to communicating with our citizens, we show accomplishments for both.

    In January the city received FCC approval and launched a new radio station — AM 1700. Soon, signs around town will remind drivers to tune in and listen. An information loop will announce city news and upcoming events, road advisories, and messages from partnering agencies that provide safety tips and reminders 24 hours a day. In an emergency, the city or any of our government partners or emergency responders can immediately broadcast updates and give you emergency instructions.

    Happy Valley has kept up with technology and social media, too. Everyone from grade-school kids to grandparents uses the Internet, and the city has a very user” friendly website. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are all daily connections for most of us.

    Facebook followers can click on the city of Happy Valley’s page and catch up-to-the-minute news and happenings. The city has a great YouTube video showing our National Night Out celebration and plans to add more event videos. Twitter users can follow city happenings, too (@hvmayor and @HVCouncilorMichael).

    At City Hall, visitors have wi-fi internet access, and can use touch-screen kiosks in the lobby to search city services, to find local points of interest or to print out forms and maps.

    Staying on top of technology has boosted Happy Valley’s community profile, and also gives our citizens more ways to keep in touch with what’s happening in their community, and that keeps us all connected.

    Councilor Tom Andrusko

    Happy Valley

    Improving communication

    Clackamas Fire has been working closely with our cities to discuss areas of greater collaboration and partnership.

    We have been meeting through an interagency committee process that includes representatives from both the Clackamas Fire District Board of Directors and elected officials to include staff from each city. We have met with the cities of Milwaukie and Oregon City. A meeting with the city of Happy Valley is scheduled for April.

    Meetings include discussions regarding economic development, collaboration on future capital improvement projects, updates on fire and life safety initiatives, and exercising the local Emergency Operations Centers. Communicating openly and developing strategies within our communities in an effort to be more efficient and effective is a primary focus for Clackamas Fire.

    Fred Charlton

    Fire chief

    Keep kids safe

    Oregon added a new tool to help keep children safe this year when it expanded the list of professionals who are required to report suspicions of child abuse.

    In addition to teachers, medical professionals and other established “mandatory reporters,” the new law increased the list of public and private professionals who must report child abuse, including: all employees of organizations providing child-related services or activities such as scout groups and summer camps; all employees of higher education institutions; and paid coaches, assistant coaches and trainers of child athletes.

    These additions are a step toward increasing child safety. Yet, we must remember that each and every citizen plays a crucial role in keeping children safe.

    We daily see the devastation of child abuse at Children’s Center. Though we applaud the increased responsibility placed on adults, we don’t believe the Jan. 1 expansion goes far enough. Every citizen needs to notify authorities when they suspect a child may be experiencing abuse or neglect. You can make a world of difference to a hurting child by acting on your concerns.

    The expanded-reporting law means increased education is needed about how to respond, and when to call in suspected cases of abuse. We encourage you to contact Children’s Center if you have questions or would like a presentation about child abuse reporting and other related topics. Call the Center at 503-655-7725 or visit childrenscenter.cc today.

    During Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, make this a community that will protect kids from child abuse. Call Children’s Center today to learn how you can partner with us to end child abuse in our community. And most importantly, call the Clackamas County Child Abuse Hotline at 971-673-7112 if you are concerned about the safety of a child.

    Barbara Peschiera

    Children’s Center executive director

    Don’t get the wrong impression

    I voted for Paul Savas for commissioner in 2010 but since he entered into county service he seems unable to make clear, sound decisions even when he has adequate information.

    For example, Mr. Savas stated that the Columbia River Crossing is not our project and “we have no intimate knowledge of it” in your March 27 story headlined “County ‘compels’ 2014 run for Savas.” This project has been on the drawing board for 10 years! The CRC certainly does concern the citizens of Clackamas County. We are the taxpayers who are paying for it!

    Although this was just a basic resolution, Mr. Savas felt that the issue had not been studied enough and voted “No” on the county voicing its concerns about the impact CRC may have on Clackamas County. I cross the bridge to Vancouver every day and my family and I would be greatly impacted by tolling on either bridge! Then there was a suggestion to go to the people of the county and ask to poll them on the tolling issue he says the people do not understand the issue fully. This could apply to any poll; apparently you should only poll if you know what the outcome will be, this is ridiculous.

    This is just one of Mr. Savas’s many political ploys to stall and delay the county’s work, avoid taking action or making a firm decision!

    I will not support Mr. Savas’s re-election campaign for 2014.

    I cannot support a candidate who publicly professes to be in favor of transparent county business, conservative spending and pretending to serve the citizens wishes only to turn to indecision.

    I would support a candidate that shows courage, acts boldly in making timely decisions that serve to have a positive impact on the citizens of Clackamas County.

    Wes Stanley

    Oak Grove

    Occupy TriMet

    The stage is set. There will be an Occupy TriMet on Tuesday, May 7, all day at TriMet headquarters, 1800 S.W. First Ave., in downtown Portland.

    We need a huge turnout. Bring signs, we will have microphones or megaphones set up so people can talk. We need a huge crowd to make a difference. This is all having to do with Portland/Milwaukie light-rail project, which voters in the city of Milwaukie, and Clackamas County have voted down for nearly 20 years. We are tired of our locally elected officials trading favors for campaign dollars and ignoring the voters/taxpayers. The voters/taxpayers hired these people by electing them. We need to let TriMet know that they can not bully the voters/taxpayers or our local elected officials. TriMet is currently suing Clackamas County.

    They don’t want the voters/taxpayers to have a say. These are our tax dollars at work.

    There will also be media coverage at this event. We can make a difference with a huge turnout. So please spread the word. We hope to seee not just Clackamas County residents, but residents from all over the Portland metro area.

    Let’s let TriMet and our

    elected officials know who is in charge.

    I am also responding to Peter Belamy’s April 10 letter to the editor titled “Let county, TriMet sort it out.”

    I never said that myself and my group represents all of the voters in Clackamas County. However, based on the fact that Measure 3-401 passed by a 61 to 39 percent margin, we do speak for the majority of Clackamas County voters.

    As for letting Clackamas County and TriMet sort it out, the county commissioners need our help. Do we really want to do business with a company who is financially unstable? I think not.

    As far as my comments on the unions, what Mr. Belamy says is true. The unions do provide 40-hour workweeks, however, so do non-union companies. Many of the union jobs that provide 40 hour work weeks are temporary jobs. Once the Orange Line is finished, these workers who really want to provide a stable environment for their families will go on unemployment until the next job comes along.

    Measure 3-401 was designed to stop the Orange Line. Why do you think the previous county commission went to Bank of America and got a $20 million loan that they paid to TriMet four days before the Sept. 18, 2012, voters’ approval of 3-401? I never implied that the people’s word cannot be trusted. I am one of those people. Some members of the previous commission however, could not be trusted, so they were fired by the voters/taxpayers.

    And then there is Ann Linninger who set herself up with Oregon Iron Works. This is why she did not seek re-election. She did not care about the people of Clackamas County. She only cared about her future.

    Mr. Belamy also claims that the unions provide living wages, annual holidays, workplace safety. So do non-union companies. He also claims that there has been a drop in union membership. Need I say more?

    Jeff Molinari

    Milwaukie