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Isn’t it time for Clackamas County to rid itself of the Ludlow-Smith duo, and return to some semblance of sanity in county leadership? These two, supported by the ever-vacillating Jim Bernard have turned the county into a running joke.

First, it was their forcing of a pointless and costly vote on light rail — a vote that went nowhere but had the singular effect of unnecessarily inflaming emotions around the county. Now, it is their unprincipled rejection of the American Medical Response contract, an agreement that reportedly had already been awarded to the company. The pointless TriMet vote cost taxpayers thousands; the damages over the AMR rejection could cost us millions!

Correspondents to this newspaper have implied that their decision-making is tied to election funding. But I would suggest that it has just as much to do with their paranoid abhorrence of unions. In this, they join the nationally infamous Koch Brothers, whose apparent sole aim in life is to place all power over wages, benefits and working conditions back in the hands of employers.

Under normal circumstances, I do not support the use of the recall vote for any reason other than illegal activity or gross misconduct. But these commissioners have displayed such aberrant behavior and disregard for the general welfare of the county that it would be reckless to leave them in office.

It is time for them to go.

Peter Bellamy

Oregon City

Letting us down

The rejection of the AMR ambulance contract is a slap in the face to the citizens, to AMR and to the fire districts who worked diligently to acquire the best emergency response care.

It is our understanding that two fire districts, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Clackamas Fire District No. 1, worked with AMR and supported the AMR contract. The county commissioners who voted against AMR (Ludlow, Smith and Bernard) have let their constituents down.


John and Mary Kihlstrum


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