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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

503-563-6734

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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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503-563-6734

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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!

    Bernard’s Garage

    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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    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.

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    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

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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.

    Snap Fitness

    Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

    503-353-7627

    www.snapfitness.com/gyms/milwaukie-or-97222/1023

    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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    Letters: Readers want investment in schools, services

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    by: PHOTO COURTESY: JENNIFER LESIEUR - Pictured are Amber Harvey, sophomore and quarter finalist (from left), and sophomores Jennie Jiang and Emily Holland, who both tied for first place in Lincoln-Douglas debate. The speech and debate team from Clackamas High School took second place in the state competition last month, finishing behind Tigard.Only four states—New Hampshire, Ohio, Vermont and Colorado—provide less taxpayer support per student than Oregon. As an Oregonian, it pains me that my state continues to disinvest in higher education.

    Oregon and its legislators just don’t seem to care about ensuring that the current generation of Oregonians are educated. The average student debt in Oregon is $25,497, and unless the legislature does something that number will only continue to increase. In my own case, I have accrued over $6,000 worth of student-loan debt after three terms of college, not including books and living expenses.

    The Legislature will soon be deciding Oregon’s higher education budget for the next two years. It is time for Oregon to buck up and start reinvesting in its future, before we price all but the rich out of an education.

    Galen Russell

    Milwaukie

    Contact your lawmaker

    The mission of community colleges is more important today than ever before.

    We provide an affordable path to a four-year degree for students. We offer the skills and training Oregonians need for good, family-wage jobs from health care to high tech. We retrain workers, working closely with our local businesses to identify their needs and provide the training to fill those needs. We help people in our communities gain basic skills or complete high school so they can train for better jobs and provide for their families.

    The education and training community colleges provide is vital to building a strong economy in Oregon. Jobs requiring a two-year associate’s degree will have the highest growth rate through 2020. The average growth rate of all jobs by 2020 is just 14 percent, while high-growth jobs requiring an associate’s degree will grow by an average of 35 percent.

    The governor and the co-chairs of the Ways and Means committee are recommending funding community colleges at $428 million, a funding level last seen 10 years ago when the state’s community colleges served 70,000 fewer students.

    After five years of growing enrollment and a 20 percent loss in state funding, this budget will force more of the burden on Oregon’s students who will lose access to courses and programs and see higher costs. We must do better for our students and for our community.

    We are asking the Legislature to fund community colleges at $460 million, an increase proportionate with the increase the co-chairs’ budget gave our K-12 partners. If keeping quality, accessible education and training in your community is important to you, I urge you to contact your legislator and ask them to support community colleges at the $460 million level. You can find the name of your representative at leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr.

    Greg Chaimov

    CCC Board, Zone 1

    Tolling I-205: A red herring

    I must respond to the Wes Stanley letter printed in the April 17 edition.

    I spent two years on the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) Committee and had the opportunity to watch various groups try to come to agreement on any subject. After more than 10 years, the CRC still doesn’t have it right. It is a flawed project. Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas is right in saying that there is still not enough correct information to support it or completely deny it. An example is tolling.

    The whole idea of tolling Interstate 205 and the I-205 bridge is a “red herring.” When it was discussed at the commission meeting, neither the commission nor the people understood tolling on federal highways. You must have federal permission to toll, and that’s not going to happen.

    It’s too bad that you won’t support Commissioner Savas because he is not bold enough. He works on facts, not wild suppositions. Acting boldly without facts is folly and usually results in chaos.

    Larry Haverkamp

    Oregon City

    Keep momentum going

    The Clackamas River Water Board has been in chaos and little has been accomplished, but with the appointment of Larry Sowa, Ken Humberston and Hugh Kalani to the board, things have begun to stabilize.

    They need to be elected so we can keep the momentum going and get some order to this board and put the discord of the past behind them.

    Vote for Sowa, Humberston and Kalani for the CRW board, as soon as you get your ballot.

    Lori Luchak, president

    Miles Fiberglass & Composites

    Rollback not an option

    Measure 3-423 addresses a rollback of Oregon City water rates to 1994 in 2014. While that might sound financially beneficial, it would not be possible to repair and maintain our water distribution pipes, some of which are over 100 years old, yet alone purchase and deliver clean water to Oregon City homes.

    It is imperative the voters of Oregon City understand there are no options, no wait-and-sees, it’s “Yes” on 3-423 in order to keep the current rate, along with the 3 percent annual increase which has been in place for almost 20 years.

    Please understand, our water distribution is not an option. Clean water, delivered in clean pipes to Oregon City homes, businesses, hospitals and schools is not an option.

    Vote yes 3-423 on May 21.

    Barbara Renken

    Oregon City

    Vote for civility

    Larry Sowa, Ken Humberston and Hugh Kalani should be elected to the Clackamas River Water Board.

    All three were appointed by the Clackamas County Commission, and have brought civility, stability and reasonableness to the CRW board. Together they will be able to move the agency forward and enable it to meet the needs of their customers.

    Vote for Larry Sowa, Ken Humberston and Hugh Kalani on May 21.

    Mark Meek

    Clackamas

    Support proven leadership

    Vote Vivian Scott for North Clackamas School Board position 5. She is a proven leader who supports all children in our community.

    Vivian knows our community. She has worked tirelessly as a volunteer in the public schools during and throughout her son’s attendance in North Clackamas schools.

    She later served on the district Budget Committee, the Diversity Task Force and the North Clackamas Education Foundation. As an employment and career counselor, she understands what it takes to prepare all children for success.

    Vivian helped develop the district’s long range strategic plan and works to support quality options for all students.

    In these times of school cuts, she has worked to maintain career education, music, PE and counseling, plus AP and IB courses.

    She listens, involves others in the process, looks for new solutions, then makes the best decisions for everyone. We need her continued leadership.

    Debi Stromberg & Mitzi Bauer

    Community volunteers

    The choo-choo fantasy

    Do you remember Disneyland? We all would like to own a bright, red Ferrari, but we know we can’t make the payments, afford the insurance, or run it and maintain it.

    So how are we going to pay for the light rail? Who is going to pay for the sheriff’s department, the fire district, the affordable (Section 8) housing and most of all the overcrowded, failing schools? In addition, who is going to fill the deficit we are now facing in the courthouse? Clackamas County is not Fantasyland.

    Wake up voters! It’s a small, small dream after all.

    Jim Knapp

    Oak Grove

    Protect our parks

    The League of The League of Women Voters of Clackamas County urges voters to support Metro’s Parks and Natural Areas Levy 26-152 which will appear on your May 21 ballot. This five-year local option levy of 9.6 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation of your home is proposed to restore natural areas, protect water quality and provide people with more opportunities to enjoy nature.

    Voters approved bond measures in 1995 and 2006 to purchase and protect some of the region’s most significant undeveloped land. Neither of these bond funds for property acquisition could be used for operating expenses.

    Metro owns or manages more than 16,000 acres, including more than 100 miles of stream and river frontage, wetlands, prairies, forests and more. Metro’s regional parks and natural areas are visited by more than 1.3 million people a year.

    Metro has spent limited general funds to maintain these parks and natural areas, but has determined that such funding is not sustainable over the long term. Input on this proposal consisted of public opinion research, an advisory panel, local governments and community groups. Metro council voted unanimously to put this levy on the ballot.

    The League supports management of our natural resources to improve water quality and wildlife habitat, fight invasive species, build trails and improve parks.

    Luana Luther, president

    LVW of Clackamas County

    Joan Batten, action chair

    End of status quo

    In response to Mr. Bellamy’s letter to the editor in the April 24 issue of the Clackamas Review, he again is trying to mislead the voters/taxpayers of Clackamas County by saying that I am the one doing so.

    This is simply not true. Measure 3-401 passed by 61 to 39 percent. He represents the minority of voters/taxpayers in Clackamas County when it come to light rail. The words future light rail projects do not appear in the wording of measure 3-401. It was meant to include the current light rail project.

    “We the People” have a voice, which sadly the previous Clackamas County Commission ignored. Two of them were fired by the voters/taxpayers in November. A third did not run for re-election and instead set herself up for a high paying position with Oregon Iron Works, while still on the Board of County Commissioners while still making decisions on her behalf, not ours.

    We need to remember that as voters/taxpayers, elected officials work for us. This includes judges who all to often run unopposed. If they refuse to listen to us then they need to be fired.

    Again, many of our elected officials seem to want to ignore us and trade favors for campaign contributions. We need to make a stand and make it now. I do not have a problem with unions except that they carry way too much political weight. Look back over the past 30 years in our state as far as the state’s economy and tell me that we don’t need to make any changes. The “status quo” does not work any more.

    Jeff Molinari

    Milwaukie

    We welcome submissions from readers on local issues for our Editorial and Opinion page. Please send your thoughts by noon Friday to Raymond Rendleman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Keep Letter to the Editor submissions under 400 words; longer submissions will be considered for Community Soapboxes. Submissions may be edited for length, grammar, libel and appropriate taste. Letters must be accompanied by a full name, a telephone number and street address for verification purposes. Readers are also invited to call 503-546-0742 with story ideas and comments.