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Thanks to community members

To the editor:

Do you sometimes notice that some community members give and give? Two such people are Jim Aldrich and Patricia Hyatt. Both of these individuals don’t just think about doing something when they see an issue — they do something about it.

Many of us in the Smith addition noticed during the winter months that the sign on the Settlemier House was looking the worse for wear. Knowing that the sign was not that old, we wondered what was happening.

Well, Jim Aldrich did more than wonder. He contacted Cindy Thomas and Peggy Dinges to get permission to clean the sign. As professional cleaner he knew just how to do the job right. Take a look the next time you drive by.

Another person is Patricia Hyatt. She is going above and beyond the call of duty to help Woodburn School District pass their bond. She gives weekly tours at the schools, has coffee meetings at The Estates and other venues. When you vote, think about all the ways our community supports one and another.

Lastly, say thank you to Jim Aldrich and Patricia Hyatt.

Betty Komp

Woodburn

Support safe schools for kids

To the editor:

Support Woodburn Schools by voting “YES” on 24-358.

The graduation season is fast approaching! Congratulations to the class of 2014!

As a community we need to continue to provide safe and well-maintained schools for all children.

Please join me in continuing that support by voting “yes” on Woodburn School District bond measure 24-358.

Eric A. Morris

Woodburn School Board

Janet Carlson deserves re-election

To the editor:

Marion County has been very fortunate to have Janet Carlson as a Marion County commissioner during these “turbulent times.” Her dedication and passion for Marion County and its citizens is without question.

Janet Carlson is a highly intelligent, ethical, well-reasoned person who is not satisfied with the status quo but has short and long-range visions and plans for our county. Her experience as an educator and with local, county and state government makes her a results-oriented person who holds herself and others accountable.

I have worked with Janet Carlson on county and local levels, especially on children and families issues. I have found her to be a complex and issue-oriented person who is able to grasp the realities of the issue whether it is fiscal responsibility, public safety, education, livability, economic development, safe and healthy neighborhoods or any of the many challenging issues and opportunities facing Marion County.

Marion County deserves the very best and Janet Carlson deserves to be re-elected as Marion County Commissioner (Position 2).

Be sure to check out Janet Carlson’s website for more information: www.votejanet carlson.com.

Peter J. McCallum

Woodburn

Gilliam’s record shows common sense, not blind voting

To the editor:

I find it disappointing to see David Darnell running against Rep. Vic Gilliam with a slogan “I will vote like a Republican should.”

In the last five years, I haven’t seen a more dysfunctional Congress with both sides claiming the use of bipartisanship and neither willing to work together. In Salem, I think our politicians have done a fairly good job looking past party lines to get real compromise and bipartisan solutions. Vic Gilliam has done a tremendous job talking to his constituents and finding common sense solutions to our problems.

Darnell’s message seems to be “I will blindly vote as my party tells me and not look at the issues or hear the concerns of the people in my district.” As a Republican, I have been frustrated in recent years as Republicans have taken the stance of, “If a candidate doesn’t agree on 100 percent of my issues, I won’t support them.” Darnell seems to be running because of one vote on one issue.

Gilliam believes doing right by the people in his district first and is not afraid to tackle difficult issues. He will be getting my vote; I just wish those in D.C. would follow his example.

Jon Iverson

Woodburn

Support education by supporting bond

To the editor:

The district proposal is not manipulative. Catterson is clueless and manipulating the facts (See letter to the editor, April 16 edition “District proposal is manipulative”).

We moved to Woodburn 43 years ago and were very involved in school budgets and bonds. We are proud both of our sons graduated from Woodburn High School.

We know that a good education is one of the most important things in a child’s life. Children are our future; they are the ones who will be our doctors, nurses, caregivers and pay Social Security.

If you compare the cost of education to having a child grow up uneducated, education is cheap, and poverty and jail are expensive and unproductive.

My favorite quote is, “Education is the only passport from poverty.”

Check the facts and join us in voting for the school bond on May 20.

Loy and Nancy Kirksey

Woodburn

Vandalism to campaign signs ‘heartbreaking’

To the editor:

Anyone who has ever cared about a cause, and even helped with a campaign, will understand why I am so frustrated at seeing our campaign signs stolen or cut up into small pieces with a box knife.

Someone in the Donald area is stealing and vandalizing the signs that we have put up to raise awareness about the need for our fire station and new fire engine levy. We carefully shopped around to get the best value for the money donated for our signs; to see them cut up on the ground is heartbreaking!

We ask our neighbors to keep their eyes open between now and the election to see who’s doing this. If anyone has information that can help our County Sheriff Deputy catch the culprit, please take a cell phone picture and give 911 a call.

Please vote YES on Measure 24-367, for the much needed fire facility and apparatus improvements. The best way to defeat the sign vandals is to pass this important measure to support fire safety.

Rachel Leo

Aurora

A successful community means quality schools

To the editor:

We choose to live in Woodburn and are committed to the community and Woodburn schools. Retired after 80 years of service (40 years each) to public education, having worked in and led several schools and districts in Florida, Ohio, Texas and Oregon, we know that successful communities — those that are highly sought after places to work and live — value their children and support public schools. Good schools attract businesses and new residents to a community, ultimately increasing property values and building the economy. The Woodburn community has good schools with exemplary programs and student achievement results that are enviable models to others. For this the community can be proud.

The growth in the student population has outpaced the district’s current physical capacity, however. Our schools need repairs, added classrooms and upgrades to ensure that each student thrives in a well-maintained safe environment conducive to learning for the challenges of the 21st century. By now, you have read and heard that the Woodburn School District has placed a renewal of the expiring bond on the May 20 primary ballot.

Measure 24-358, if passed, would continue funding for schools at a lower tax rate than the expiring bond, enabling the district to fund renovations to school buildings, including improved safety measures. It would also allow the district to add new capacity, improve technology and make curriculum upgrades to schools without costing taxpayers more in taxes.

Students and staff working and learning in Woodburn schools need your support. Please join us in voting yes for Measure No. 24-358. Complete your ballot when it arrives and return it before May 20 for it to be counted. The entire Woodburn community will benefit from the passage of Measure 24-358. Thank you for making a difference.

Jack and Linda Reeves

Woodburn

Vote to preserve the future

To the editor:

The issue this May for North Marion taxpayers is more than voting “Yes.” We are considering the future of our country. There are many tragedies in our society these days and we ask: How can one person do anything about them?

We must remember we cannot solve international, national or maybe even state situations, but we must be the very best citizen we know how in our local life. We are in control of that.

How is that possible? Today we must support what is needed for our local schools. We are responsible for the future by supporting whatever is needed for our young people, who are the future.

I have great-grandchildren — this isn’t anything new in my life. I vote in every election as I sincerely believe that every vote counts, if not in the literal sense but the fact that I have accepted my rights as a free citizen.

Please cast your yes ballot in May for our local young citizens.

Ann M. Barrie

Hubbard

Vote yes because of community partnership with school district

To the editor:

Quality education for our children is a partnership, one that should exist between students, teachers, staff, administrators and families of our community. As graduates of North Marion and parents of two school-aged children, we believe in this partnership, and will vote yes on the upcoming four-year local option levy.

We know that no school or teacher is perfect — as a regular volunteer, we see the district’s strengths and weaknesses close-up — but our school board and district have done a good job for our children, many others and us.

Yes, times are tough, yes, sacrifices will have to be made, and, yes, our children are worth it. Please vote yes on the North Marion operational levy for our children, our community and our future.

Ryan and Julie Fowler

Aurora

Levy money would help restore budget cuts

To the editor:

In over two decades of serving as a member of the North Marion School Board many things have changed while one thing has not: We still have the responsibility of providing the best education possible to all the children living in the North Marion School District.

Our expenses have continued to increase and reduced state school funding has not always kept pace with these increasing costs.

Supporting this local option levy will bring additional money to supplement our operating budget:

Enhance educational programs with much needed instructional programs

Restore lost or reduced teaching positions

Build new programs and work on delayed maintenance projects.

When this local option levy is approved, North Marion School District will receive a state equalization grant of about $300,000 to add to the levy proceeds. This is free, non-tax money.

I urge you to support this local option levy with your vote for all the children in the North Marion community.

Kathleen Lewis

Hubbard

Darnell’s kindness remembered years later

To the editor:

Christmas 1998, after all the bills were paid, we were left with 15 bucks. My wife of course handled it very well and did her best to make me feel better, but I was pretty depressed. We found a little Christmas tree and some real cheap gifts for Alexis.

That Christmas Eve I was feeling sorry for myself. A knock came at the door. We knew no one in this town. I went to the door and there stood this old man, wearing an old cowboy hat, and a long grayish-white beard. He told me that he needed me to move my car, because Santa Claus had bought us some wood. I was in shock and disbelief. I put on my shoes and my jacket and went to move the car. He backed up this old rickety truck into our driveway which was stuffed full of wood. I just couldn’t believe it. He had his grandson with him, who looked to be about 9 or 10 and the three us began to unload the wood. The man asked if I was sure this is where I would like it, because there was another load coming tomorrow. I almost lost it… The old man was adamant about not telling me where it came from.

My wife and I couldn’t figure it out. We called everyone that we thought would do such a thing and none would admit to doing it.

This was a mystery for almost two years, until completely by accident I found out who it was….

His name is David Darnell, my neighbor who I hadn’t met at the time. That day he gave me something much more than a couple of loads of wood. He gave me a gift I carry with me to this day and something that would take a lifetime for me to repay.

David Nixon

Hubbard

Bond is ‘hollow’ and just a ‘Band-Aid’

To the editor:

For weeks I’ve been reading all the articles about the school bond. What doesn’t make sense to me is the fact that the people in favor or the people that talk more about it are people with ties to the schools (administrators, board members and former administrators). Where are the comments from the school’s parent clubs or the parents that the district says have so much involvement?

My kids all graduated out of Woodburn schools, and I see the need for more classroom space. But what the district is trying to do is something that somebody said a week or two ago — a Band-Aid — and I don’t believe that a Band-Aid is the solution.

I’m sure that within the next five to 10 years, the school district is going to ask for more money, with the same excuses — student population growth and the need for more classroom space. What I see is the need for more schools; we don’t need to keep reducing the schools’ sports fields and recreational areas and filling them with modular buildings that in time require more money to maintain. Let’s do things with more sense as a long-term solution.

So I say no to this bond, and ask the school board and administrators to get back to the drawing board and create a good solid plan. This one sounds hollow.

Mr. Catterson, thank you for your April 23 letter. I like it.

Juan Hernandez

Woodburn

Jensen can be trusted as representative

To the editor:

I have never written in support of any candidate, but I know and support Barbara Jensen. She and I worked together for many years and she has been a family friend for at least 25 years.

In her work, Barbara developed and oversaw many new solutions and new, large projects from beginning to end. She was never satisfied with mere praise and pay, but always worked for complete success. She always got the job done well and fully, no matter the obstacles.

Her abilities and tireless work ethic are just two aspects of her. Her character is also firm, compassionate, charitable and moral. I trust Barbara completely: with my money, family and community. She will serve us all well as our representative in the Oregon House from District 25.

C. David White

Salem

Integrity one of reasons Jensen right for job

To the editor:

I have known Barbara Jensen for over 15 years. I have had the privilege of working with her when she was a state government program director responsible for overseeing large, multi-agency initiatives. More recently, I worked with Barb in her role managing a comprehensive technology assessment project for the city of Portland.

Over the years, I have seen first-hand how her integrity, commitment to excellence, untiring diligence in the face of adversity and unique ability to rally diverse interests toward a common goal set Barb apart from most.

These qualities, combined with her understanding of how state government works, make Barb the clear choice to effectively represent the people of House District 25.

Mike Zanon

Salem

Jensen’s approach needed in Salem

To the editor:

As the president of a company doing business in Oregon, I believe Barbara Jensen is the best candidate for House District 25. I attended a fundraiser for the World War II Honor Flight organization and Barbara was there working to support their cause. I then watched as she wrote the legislation for Senate Bill 832 designating the second Sunday in August as a day to remember those who participated in the victory that ended World War II. She shepherded her bill through the Senate and the House with bipartisan support and stood behind Governor Kitzhaber as he signed it into law. She has a natural way of presenting her conservative ideas in a collegial and non-confrontational way that brings all sides to the table to find workable solutions. She has years of experience working in procurement for the state where she protected our money as if it were her own. I have watched our state waste half a billion dollars on useless ventures such as the interstate bridge debacle and the Cover Oregon disaster, both of which could have been avoided with her oversight.

Patrick Leamy

Welches

Remember plight of aborted babies

To the editor:

Since we as regular citizens cannot control where our electricity comes from, I want to take time to thank the Marion County commissioners for taking a stand to stop the disturbing practice of including aborted babies in the trash incinerated to generate electricity at the plant in Brooks. I pray their decision stands, and this never, ever happens again here or anywhere else. It saddens and disturbs me that there are aborted babies in the first place.

I pray all those considering abortion will reconsider. If they feel they can’t or don’t want to raise the child, then I plead that they consider adoption. There are many people who would love to raise and dote on that child.

Nicole Downing

Wilsonville



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