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Rich Allen would make a great mayor

Published Oct. 18, 2016 -

FILE PHOTO - Rich AllenRich Allen is there when you need him. I met Rich in 2010 when my wife was fighting cancer. I remember him coming and giving us positive words and supporting us. After my wife passed away, shortly after I met with Rich again when I had a car accident. I feel that he really cares for me. He wanted to know how I was doing. He wanted to know my mental state and to see how I was.

In 2012, I found out I had cancer. When Rich found this out, he came to visit me, showing me friendship. I really appreciate the fact that he truly is concerned about my health. Whenever I see him in town, he comes up to me and checks to see if I am doing OK.

In 2014, my cancer returned and he was there for me. He told me that if I ever needed anything to give him a call and he would be there for me. I am very grateful for his friendship and his genuine concerns for me. Rich Allen would make a great mayor because he cares for the people in Troutdale. We need someone who is positive, caring and wants a bright future for Troutdale. That person would be Rich Allen.

Steve Means


Measure 97 is a recipe for disaster in Oregon

In my role as a manager of a business as well as a private citizen, I love helping nonprofit organizations. I have grave concerns about what Measure 97 will do those nonprofit groups and the people they serve.

In communities like Gresham, we rely on businesses to keep the economic engine turning and to be good corporate citizens helping these nonprofits organizations. Donations, whether cash or products, come from profits. Measure 97 will negatively impact that chain of events. First, it is a tax at the beginning of the process on gross receipts, not profit. If a car dealer sells a car, no matter the profit from the sale, the tax will take place. Because cars are a big ticket item, it doesn’t take long to reach the $25 million level. If the car dealership works on a 1.5 percent gross margin, where is the 2.5 percent going to come from?

Want is the impact then to good causes like My Father’s House, Salvation Army or SnowCap? Will corporate funds be available to donate to these causes? The answer is, unfortunately, not likely. The ripple effect of a tax on a tax on a tax will result in tough business decisions. Donate to a cause or pay employees? What do you think the answer will be?

To make matters worse, the needs will rise. Measure 97 places a minimum $600 burden on even low income Oregonians. Nonprofit groups will see their clientele increase.

It is a spiral we cannot allow to happen. Measure 97 will severely limit contributions to nonprofits organizations, and can’t help but increase the number of people reaching out for help from those organizations.

I love my work with nonprofits, and hope you will help all of us continue to support them by voting no on Measure 97.

Larry Schwartz