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Don’t Californicate Clackamas County

It disturbs me when people move to Oregon to escape someplace unpleasant and immediately want to change the way we do things here. It’s more disturbing when these greenhorns seek elected office without living here long enough to fully comprehend the complexities of our political values. Case in point: Karen Bowerman, a transplant from California now living in Lake Oswego, wants to be a Clackamas County Commissioner. To be a good commissioner, one has to have first-hand knowledge of both the history of this county and complicated nature of the people who call this place home. Being such a newbie I find it impossible to imagine that Mrs. Bowerman is remotely qualified for this task.

To illustrate my point, she recently declared she supports “very aggressive development of the Stafford Basin.” This, in spite of the fact that a strong majority of the taxpayers in the region, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin and Stafford Hamlet have been trying to preserve the rural legacy of this area for over 25 years.

I don’t always agree with commissioner Paul Savas, but he has been around long enough to understand us and our counties’ complex issues. Don’t Californicate Clackamas County, re-elect Paul Savas.

Dave Adams

Stafford Hamlet

Vote for Steve Bates

For Position 5 on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, I am supporting a man who has for years demonstrated the type of leadership I appreciate and hope for every time I mark my ballot.

I am supporting Steve Bates because of my close observation of the honesty and sincerity of his leadership during the past four years while I was a reporter for newspapers in the Boring area of Clackamas County.

Bates’ style of leadership gives the power to the people he represents. At meetings and visits to his home office, I was impressed with his exhaustive research on current topics. He listens to people’s views, says what he’s thinking and doesn’t put political spin on anything.

Bates is an extremely organized person who would be an excellent addition to the commission. He would bring added integrity to a board that has not always enjoyed the esteem and respect of local residents. He also would keep the board on task, add new ideas and increase its collective knowledge with his incessant research into agenda topics.

This position is likely to be decided in the primary, so please vote in May for Steve Bates for Commissioner No. 5.

Jim Hart

Boring

Vote for Tootie Smith

The May Primary Election to select a candidate to face Kurt Schrader next November is a serious race. At stake: a very real opportunity to unseat Kurt Schrader, who voted for Obamacare without reading the bill, and the urgent opportunity to replace and repeal Obamacare.

Tootie Smith has won multiple elections within the boundaries in Congressional District 5, and she knows how to get the job done; she knows how to take out an entrenched Democrat incumbent. She will not be distracted in this critical mission by a well-meaning, but very inexperienced young opponent who is desperate to get publicity. Republicans are glad to see that she will not allow our Primary to be turned into a media circus. Her sights are set on Kurt Schrader — her campaign is aimed at winning in November.

Tyler Church

Lewis & Clark Student

Shape the future of CCC

Clackamas Community College has educated and trained local students for almost 50 years.

In 2016, the school will mark a half century of providing education and workforce skills to the region. The CCC Board of Education is developing a plan that will both honor a half century of service to the community and prepare the college for future service. We are crafting a bond measure to provide modern facilities and equipment to better train students to qualify for today’s jobs and prepare for transfer to university.

In the coming months, we will share more about our plan. We are inviting the public to hear about the bond and share ideas with President Joanne Truesdell before a plan is finalized. She will host a series of community meetings in May, two at each of the three college campuses. Meetings are scheduled for morning and evening on May 1 and 2 in Oregon City; May 15 and 16 at the Harmony Community Campus; and May 22 and 23 in Wilsonville. Please come and help us shape the future of CCC.

Ron Adams

CCC Board of Education, Zone 5

It has been a pleasure to work with you

I want to thank the citizens of Clackamas County for letting me give 30 years of Library service to them, the past 26-and-a-half to the wonderful patrons of our West Linn Public Library. It has been a pleasure to work with all of you, watching your children be born, grow and nurtured in their love of our library, turning into wonderful young adults.

We’ve shared smiles, laughter, hugs and tears; but, through it all, I’ve built wonderful friendships with many of you dedicated and longtime WLPL users. Seldom does one earn the opportunity to spend the majority of their career in one location, but I was blessed to work with all of you for over a quarter of a century. With recent changes in leadership, it became evident that the library was heading in a new direction and it seemed like the correct time to step away and enjoy the new challenge of retirement.

I’ll miss seeing many of you on a daily basis, but please stop and say ‘Hi’ when you see me around town.

Julie Blake

West Linn Public Library (Retired)

Volunteers make Neighbors Helping Neighbors

While the success of Neighbors Helping Neighbors is dependent on the wonderful volunteers of this community, without organization we would be lost. Cody Towsey is the key to this organizing effort. The tireless hours she spent calling homeowners, matching volunteers to homeowners and keeping the steering committee on track are a testament to her dedication not only to this cause but the community of West Linn as whole. In short all the volunteers in the world would not have made this happen without Cody. She never asks for and in fact shies away from any public acknowledgement of her efforts. From all the volunteers and other members of the steering committee we thank you Cody for all your work and passion that you bring to our community. Cody and her husband Scott are two examples of why we should all be proud of the city we all call home.

NHN Steering Committee

Thank you Patty Hansen

The American Association of University Women Lake Oswego Branch thanks past Co-President Penny Hansen for her excellent leadership in organizing and presenting the recent fundraiser Friendship Tea, Book Sale and Silent Auction. The successful event raised funds for the branch annual scholarship for an outstanding Marylhurst University woman student and other mission based branch charitable activities. Penny Hansen, a West Linn resident, is a long time board member and officer with AAUW Lake Oswego. Her experience, wisdom and skills are invaluable. AAUW is grateful for Penny Hansen’s contribution to the AAUW mission of advancing equity for women and girls.Karen Rottink

AAUW Lake Oswego Public Information Officer




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