Letters to the editor
April 29, 2016
Elect Stegmann to county commission
We are writing to encourage others to vote for Lori Stegmann for Multnomah County Commissioner, Position 4. We have seen and valued Loris leadership on the Gresham City Council for several years. Others have seen it, too, as shown in the endorsements by The Oregonian and the chair of the Multnomah County Commission, Deborah Kafoury.
Serving as Multnomah County Commissioner, Lori will be well-placed to address our affordable housing and public safety issues. She will also continue to fight for economic development and small business growth. We need Lori as our county commissioner.
Hank and Mardy Stevens
Rep. Johnson is champion for regions small businesses
I first met Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, while I was working for the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce. As our state representative, Mark has been focused on supporting small businesses and helping to share information directly with the chamber and its members.
The East Multnomah county communities have been well represented by Mark because he recognizes what sets us apart from Portland and works to address these unique needs.
Mark has also been a link for these communities to the rest of the Mount Hood region, which benefits businesses in the area and supports the overall economy. Im happy to support Rep. Mark Johnson in his reelection for state representative.
Public forum in Sandy was politically motivated
I attended the public forum at the Sandy Public Library recently where House District 52 Rep. Mark Johnson and Republican Sen. Chuck Thomsen, I thought, would take questions from the public.
I saw from the state records that they both voted against raising the state minimum wage. I wanted to ask why. Also, I could not find any record of Johnsons stance on key issues.
I wanted to know Johnsons positions on the environment (limits on oil and coal omissions in our state), the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, campaign finance, and womens rights, just to name a few.
I found a website called Smart Vote (operated by CNN) that most all Oregon politicians take the survey, describing their views on key issues. It said our Rep. Johnson refused to take it four times, but they welcome him doing so any time. I wanted to ask why he refused to take the poll, but I wasnt allowed the time.
So, getting back to the so called public forum at the Sandy Library, it was an organized event, along with community business supporters and Sandy Mayor Bill King (I am a business owner by the way). The event was an orchestrated question-and-answer political event put together for Johnson who is up for reelection this November.
What a waste of my time. Hey Mark Johnson, lets have a real public forum where you will have to actually answer our questions.