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for Nov. 2, 2012


Editorial sends wrong message on senate bill

I’m writing in response to The Outlook’s wildly misinformed editorial about who should represent House District 49 in the Oregon Legislature (“Attack mailer distorts Wand’s intent,” Oct. 26).

The editorial falsely claims that Senate Bill 901 “is not an anti-abortion bill.” Yet that was precisely its intent: SB 901 seeks to force the closure or massive remodel/rebuild of almost every medical practice providing abortion procedures in Oregon, thus dramatically limiting access to safe and legal abortion.

Rep. Wand’s SB 901 (similar to bills introduced in Oregon since 2001) is part of a nationwide effort to impose onerous, targeted regulations only on abortion providers with the sole intent of shutting them down. In fact, a federal court agrees, having temporarily enjoined a similar law in Kansas (Hodes & Nauser v. Moser).

As a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University, I can assure you that physicians and clinics providing abortion services already protect the health and safety of their patients by complying with the same regulations as physicians’ offices and facilities that provide similar office-based services like oral surgery and colonoscopies.

No recognized professional healthcare organizations have called for the type of unnecessary and costly regulations like those found in SB 901.

Rather, these targeted regulations are being pushed by political organizations, like Oregon Right to Life, that want to outlaw abortion without exceptions.

The voters of East County deserve a representative who believes that personal medical decisions should be left between a woman and her doctor. That politician is not Matt Wand.

Dr. Jeffrey T. Jensen, Master of public health, Portland

Hansen shows his true colors

Since you’ve chosen to endorse Scott Hansen for Oregon Senate, perhaps you would like to respond to the latest attack ad against his opponent, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson. It’s over the top.

Please don’t give us the crap of Hansen not knowing about this. Hansen has shown his true colors.

The citizens of East County deserve better prepresentation than a right wing tea party woman hater. You have made a big mistake.

Janine Morgan, Gresham

Editor’s note: The mailer took aim at Monnes Anderson’s position on abortion.

Elect Daoust as Troutdale mayor

Since I first met Doug Daoust — a candidate for Troutdale mayor — I have appreciated his compassion for others.

Doug was instrumental in bringing the life guards to Glen Otto Park on the Sandy River. He also was instrumental in construction of Imagination Station.

Most recently, Doug and two other city councilor working as a team met with Metro to conclude the Title 13 issues.

I have had the opportunity to work with Doug on the Troutdale City Council for 10 years. He has the unique ability to listen and summarize the issues.

Doug’s ability to work within a team and to mentor others will be great for the city of Troutdale. The fact that so many others are supporting Doug only underscores what I have known for so long; that Doug Daoust is a thoughtful man who will make an excellent mayor. Please join me in voting Doug Daoust as the next mayor of Troutdale.

Norm Thomas,Troutdale city councilor

Kight deceives himself, city residents

Mayor Jim Kight is deceiving himself and others if he thinks Troutdale’s independent investigation exonerates his actions.

More than 40 people were interviewed and documents led through a thicket of deceptive filings, use of personal influence and circumvention of the rules, to build a building no one else would be allowed to build.

Because the facts were uncovered, the citizens of Troutdale can now be told what happened with the assurance that such taking advantage by an elected official will not be allowed to happen again.

Staff members can be assured that attempts by elected officials to gain special treatment will not be tolerated.

Mayor Kight’s abuse of city staff is well documented. As soon as a member of the planning staff made customary and required modifications to his building plans, he complained to her boss.

When he asked an employee to prepare a personal letter for him, and the employee questioned it, he confronted the employee and attempted intimidation.

When an employee found he was building a basement without permits, and halted work on his house, Mayor Kight demanded a meeting the next day with the head of the department.

Put yourself in the position of these employees. Saying “no” to Jim Kight proved time and again to be trouble. I think anyone can see the mayor was exerting influence on employees for his personal benefit. Is this the kind of mayor we want?

Please elect Doug Daoust as Troutdale’s mayor. He has a long record of volunteer service for Troutdale. Doug is council president, has the support of the other councilors, the mayors and councilors of our neighbor cities, and other regional and state officials.

He’ll work with all parties to attract business and make Troutdale prosper. Vote for Doug Daoust.

Dave Ripma, Troutdale city councilor

Council candidate overstates his involvement

I was appalled when I read Brian Cooper’s letter (“Re-elect Jones to Fairview Council,” Oct. 26). In the third paragraph he references the “re-establishment of the Fairview on the Green Festival after being cancelled the previous year under the failed Fairview Community Arts Committee.”

I was a member of the Fairview Community Arts Committee during this time and I want everyone to know — emphatically — this is an untrue statement.

Brian was not part of this committee nor was he an active participant within the community at the time for this event.

I want it to be known as a committee member, we did not fail.

The committee reviewed the previous year’s event budget and saw that $5,000, supplied by Fairview taxpayers, were being spent on this event. We felt as a committee with the tough economic times, event costs must be minimal especially from a city government perspective. This is why we suggested many cost cuts for this event from reducing advertising costs, having a volunteer as emcee and using local high school organizations to show off their talents.

However, every time we suggested cost cuts, we were told the event would not work or we were strictly told “no” by the city administrator and or the council members involved with our meetings, including Barbara Jones.

I ask you, do you really want your tax dollars spent on a “block party” for council members’ pleasure? And, do you trust Brian, to represent the city of Fairview and its residents by personally attacking other council members and the volunteers who are therefor residents he’s supposed to serve? I say no to both questions. Vote Tami Tlustos-Arnold and Ken Quinby.

Sherry Fox Hames, Fairview

Logic leads to choice for mayor

For months, more than leaves have been blowing in the east wind of Troutdale. At the heart of this political wind storm is Mayor Jim Kight’s accessory structure.

Attack, counter, accuse, deny, duck and cover: All the ingredients for today’s political thumbsucking.

Having read the results of the investigation, my opinon is that, “a guy can only pee in his well so long.” Consider this. Can any resident of Troutdale, living on Jackson Park Road, apply for and receive permits to build the accessory structure? If you can permit, you must acquit; if not, then vote accordingly.

The accessory structure exceeds the legal limitations by more than 1,000 square feet, and is larger and taller than the primary residence and has a full daylight basement. (Just in passing, since when does an accessory structure — a shed — require an occupancy permit?)

How simple is that, Troutdale? No $48,000 necessary to determine complicity, or not. That’s $48,000 toward an arch on the east end of town.

Mark Kelsey, Gresham

Don’t be fooled by funding efforts

This year there is a lot of talk about dedicated fees or taxes to help essential services dear to us such as Measure 83 and Measure 85 to schools and the new Gresham fee to police, fire and parks.

Having the fee or tax dedicated to a particular fund sounds like extra money for that fund. Not necessarily.

The new fee may be dedicated, but since the ordinarily allocated amounts are not, and they are much larger, those particular essential services can still have their budgets slashed by slashing the unallocated funds.

Consider the Gresham fee that will provide $3.5 million mostly to police and fire.

Currently, the roughly $40.5 million the city budgets to police and fire is mostly unrestricted funds.

Consider an upcoming year’s budget if there is only $35.5 million budgeted.

The dedicated fee is still $3.5 million, but the unrestricted funds are lowered by $8.5 million to go to some other purpose. It does not seem so unrestricted now since police and fire will always get more than $3.5 million for a city of Gresham’s size. The same is true for the schools.

The corporate kicker may not increase school funding. It likely won’t as there is a great need for funding for the new Oregon Health Authority which is so dear to our governor.

There are always enough unrestricted funds underneath the restricted funds going to the schools so that there is plenty of money that can be siphoned off from the bottom for pet projects.

It is popular when going before the public to dedicate funds in a potentially meaningless way to essential services like schools and public safety in order to woo voters for a positive vote.

Roxanne Ross, Gresham

Re-elect Rep. Johnson to House

House District 52 is a unique and varied region of the state. It is steeped in a rich heritage of farming, ranching and forestry. Our communities are active and engaged.

My family and I are lucky to have a diverse farm near Sandy, that we welcome the community to share.

Communities are the product of the people in them. Rep. Mark Johnson is a lifelong member of our region. He has been an active member of his community serving in many capacities.

As a small business owner and parent, he understands the importance of education and has made it a priority.

Growing up in a farming community has given him an understanding and passion for the importance of a strong natural resource industry to the district and the state.

Mark is that rare find that puts solutions to Oregon’s problems ahead of politics. He has served our district well. Please join me in voting to return Rep. Mark Johnson to Salem.

Barry Bushue, President, Oregon Farm Bureau,

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