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Editorial cartoon bothered reader

As a veteran Scouter, former Scoutmaster and father and grandfather of an Eagle Scout, I was greatly saddened that the Tidings, through its (May 2 editorial) cartoon, supported admitting openly gay boys to Scout membership.

By its own analysis, the BSA might gain 10,000 to 30,000 new members by admitting gays but would lose between 100,000 and 300,000 members who do not approve of this sexual behavior.

Just look at what happened to Scout membership in Canada when it admitted gays. Its membership plummeted from 260,000 to 100,000. Scouting, which serves boys from 7 to 17, is not an appropriate place to interject a lifestyle that thousands of religious organizations and millions of parents find objectionable.

The proposal would force religious organizations to accept gay Scouts regardless of their principles or terminate their Scouting program. Such a change in its moral values will place Scout leaders in the untenable position of selecting the tent mate for a gay Scout.

When a gay Scout is reprimanded or dismissed, for whatever reason, the ACLU and litigious parents will likely sue the leaders and the sponsoring organization on the basis that the action was taken because of the boy’s sexual orientation. Or, imagine this nightmare when a gay Scout earns the Eagle rank, is, perhaps, elected to the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow, at 16 and 17 serves on the summer camp staff and then at 18 is denied membership in the BSA. The courts will soon be full of these cases.

Scouting should retain its current policy. The parents of homosexual boys are free to form their own program, take their boys camping and give them all of the experiences which Scouting provides.

Clifford Mansley

Lake Oswego

(Editor’s note: The editorial cartoon was a satirical look at the issue of admitting gay youth into the Boy Scouts of America by cartoonist Mike Lucas. It was not an indication that the Tidings supported — or for that matter, didn’t support — this issue.)

Vote for Keith Steele

West Linn is rated as one of the best cities in the United States, and a big reason is that we have great schools. Keith Steele has served on our school board for the past four years and has been chairman for the past year. Much of the achievement of our schools during this time has been facilitated by the innovation and leadership of Keith Steele.

Keith is now running for a second term, and your vote for Steele will be a vote for schools and kids.

Mayor John Kovash

West Linn

Steele has passion for education

Keith Steele has my endorsement for the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board. Our district continues to face funding challenges and rising costs that threaten the quality of education for our children.

Keith understands these challenges as we look for solutions to address increasing demands and shrinking budgets.

He approaches every situation by putting our children of this district first and he knows the importance of finding innovative solutions to preserve excellence in education.

Keith’s passion for education and positive attitude has contributed to many successful achievements in our district. At a time where neighboring districts are cutting programs and school days, our district offers new education opportunities and operates with a full school year.

Keith has the background and vision to lead us through these difficult times. He is a great leader and dedicated servant to our district. Please join me in re-electing Keith Steele to the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board.

Jeff Hallin


Former West Linn-Wilsonville School Board member

Parton is ‘down-to-earth money saver’

Having lived next to the West Linn-Wilsonville School District administration building for 15 years, I have a hard time swallowing the district’s complaints about budget cuts, when their alleged austerity never seems to interfere with multiple and extremely expensive remodels.

That’s why I’m voting for a down-to-earth money saver, Ron Parton, who will prioritize funding for the kids, not line the nests of the professional education class.

I want a board that’s receptive to the taxpayers who fund the schools, not the entrenched and territorial bureaucracy that the school system can be. Being fiscally conservative, he’ll give me the value I want for my tax dollar.

Lyneil Vandermolen


Steele is a tireless worker

Vote by May 21 for Keith Steele for West Linn-Wilsonville School Board. The district has a well-deserved reputation as one of the strongest in the state. This is due in no small part to the school board.

Keith is a tireless worker for our children and the schools and teachers that we entrust them to. His support for sound fiscal policies ensures the school district has a strong financial basis to maintain a full school year and keep student-teacher ratios down. Keith supports science and technology through the STEM initiative and an equitable education for all.

Complete your ballot by voting for Keith Steele, along with Regan Molatore and Robert Fernandez, to help protect our public education system and invest in our future.

Time is short. Take your completed and signed ballot to the Wilsonville or West Linn library or West Linn City Hall today.

Simon Springall


Thanks for support to stop LOT

The Saturday evening Celebrate West Linn event was a huge success.

A big thank you goes out to the 35 local businesses and individuals who donated food, spirits and the many great auction items.

Also, thanks to the Robinwood Station for the use of its facility.

And to all the individuals who showed their support of the citizens’ effort to stop LOT (Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership) by attending this event, thanks so much. You proved we are a community who cares about West Linn, our way of life and each other.

Jan Gerber

West Linn

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