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Thank you, Mayor Bemis, for a heartfelt statement that embraces our racial, cultural differences.

We recognize that Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis was in no way required to make a formal public statement in reaction to the heartbreaking scene that unfolded in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12.

FILE PHOTO - Editor/Publisher Steve BrownBemis could have stayed silent, letting this become someone else's problem — someone else's fight.

Instead, he sent a strong message to the people of East Multnomah County and beyond that we don't condone hate or intolerance in our community.

Bemis made his comments on Aug. 15 at the conclusion of the Gresham City Council meeting.

East Multnomah County has become one of the region's greatest melting pots, welcoming new neighbors from dozens of nations who speaks dozens of languages.

The Centennial School District, for example, had 6,188 students enrolled in 2016 who spoke 42 languages, with about 40 percent of students in the district learning the English language.

Such diversity only makes our community stronger and more interesting.

Thank you, Mayor Bemis, for a heartfelt statement that embraces our racial and cultural differences.

Horse rescue

We thought it was a fun, and kinda funny, twist to see White's Country Meats (better known for its butchers) get behind an effort to protect livestock and help them thrive.

The Gresham business is donating $5 of every purchase above $50 to support Sound Equine Options, a horse rescue organization that provides veterinary care, rehabilitation and foster homes for horses.

This is just another example of how businesses in East Multnomah County are making a positive difference in their community.

If you want to know more about the fundraising effort, visit www.facebook.com/whitescountrymeats or www.facebook.com/soundequineoptions.

Fairview development

It was earlier this month when The Outlook opposed a rezone of property in Troutdale that would allow the construction of a 168-unit apartment.

But we're happy to endorse a plan underway in Fairview Village to construct a mixed-use building that provides commercial spaces at the ground level, with 22 apartments on the second and third floors.

Unlike the terrible location for the other project in Troutdale, the effort in Fairview will fit nicely with the surrounding community, and will help increase housing options in East Multnomah County.

That's a win-win.

Joe Mac Donald

A special message to Joe Mac Donald (see his story on Page A3 of the Aug. 18 edition of The Outlook, and on the newspaper's website, www.greshamoutlook.com.) Mac Donald is an incoming freshman at Barlow High School, a cancer survivor, an artist and all-around good guy: You've inspired us, Joe, with your positive outlook on life, your creativity and your ability to rise above your childhood illness.

Solar Eclipse

A special kudos to the Earth, sun and moon. You put on a great show Monday morning, and reminded us of the amazing things the world and the stars have to show us, if just take the time to slow down and take a look.

Steve Brown is editor/publisher of The Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News.

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