Oak Grove Boulevard’s boat launch may close on Dec. 1. The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners appears, for the time being, to have backed off of its decision to close the boat launch.

by: PHOTO BY: KOIN 6 NEWS - This Saturn was found in the Willamette River near the Oak Grove boat ramp, along with five other cars in August.However, their reasons for closing the boat launch remain:

1. Use of the site by criminals to dump stripped cars.

2. Serious deterioration of the launch, increasing liability of the county.

Those concerned about the Oak Grove boat launch should call or e-mail the commissioners (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Commissioners will be available for questions and comments about the boat launch and other community concerns at their Nov. 12 town hall at 7 p.m. at Rose Villa, 13505 S.E. River Road, Oak Grove.

Another opportunity to address the boat launch and other issues will be at the Oak Grove Community Council meeting, 7 p.m., Oct. 23, also at Rose Villa, where Commissioner Martha Schrader will attend.

Jim Martin

Oak Grove

We need Jeremy Ferguson

In recent weeks, I have been attacked by others in letters to the editor, in your newspaper. That’s OK! What has happened is that these people, people who supported previous elected officials like former county commissioners Lehan, Damon and Lininger, have been exposed.

These are supporters who traded campaign contributions for favors. So now their noses are out of joint because they can no longer get favors. So, what do they do? They attack the people who defeated their candidate.

Remember, last year when these three former commissioners committed political suicide when they voted to pay $20 million to TriMet, even though the majority of Clackamas County voters said no. Another one of those commissioners is still on the board and running for re-election. I am talking about Jim Bernard. He was paid $20,000 by TriMet for property he owns in downtown Milwaukie. So naturally he has supported this project all along.

In fact, if you go into downtown Milwaukie by Bernard’s Garage, you will see bumper stickers on company trucks

belonging to Bernards Garage supporting light rail. If an elected official votes against the will of the people, then how can he be trusted? It is time for Mr. Bernard to leave.

Mayor Jeremy Ferguson of Milwaukie is running against Jim Bernard. When Jim Bernard ran for mayor of Milwaukie, he said and I quote, “As long as I am mayor, there will be no light rail in Milwaukie”. When John Ludlow and Tootie Smith were elected they brought new life and new blood, resulting in new activities, activities that the majority of Clackamas County voters support. We need Jeremy Ferguson to add to this freshness.

It is also a fact that Metro likes to push our cities in the metro area around. Maybe it is time to dissolve Metro and let the cities and counties do their own thing.

Jeff Molinari


Standing up to the Tea Party

The government shutdown is over and it’s time to get back to work.

It’s outrageous that so many families and small businesses had to pay the price for the Tea Party’s obsession with undermining the Affordable Care Act, and we are all glad to have this embarrassing episode behind us.

But make no mistake: Keeping our government open and paying our bills on time is nothing to be celebrated.

The reckless Tea Party ideologues who nearly led us down the path to financial ruin aren’t going to quit just because they’ve lost this standoff.

As progressives, we need to stand strong and stand together if we’re going to take on Big Oil and polluters, protect Social Security and Medicare, and rein in Wall Street excess and predatory lending. It’s time to get back to rebuilding America and creating middle-class jobs.

We have real challenges to meet — we can’t afford more of these manufactured crises. We still have our work cut out for us to fix Washington and get the country back on track. Thank you for demanding a Congress that will stop the damaging political brinkmanship and take seriously the job of making this country work for middle class Americans again.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley


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