The (Clackamas County) commissioners had a 10:30 a.m. meeting to approve the library ordinance and finalize the order to establish a “person in charge” of facilities. They have backed off on establishing an “exclusion ordinance” and the “concealed carry” notice requirement for library patrons. This is another win for the citizens who are opposed to overbearing, arbitrary laws and rules imposed by government. Citizens are no longer being ignored.

Paul Savas has been the one commissioner who has opposed many proposals during the past three years that would limit our free speech. I can well remember in the fall of 2011 when the past commission proposed a ban on asking questions during the meetings.

Richard Langdon and I worked relentlessly to preserve our right to ask questions and expect answers. We all know that Richard became involved when a code enforcement officer levied large fines against him when no code existed. At the time, Jim Bernard responded by implying that Richard was asking to have a traffic ticket “fixed.” The outrageous treatment that Richard received set the tone for Bernard’s illegal ejection of him on April 5, 2012.

The current commission is responsive to questions and the dialog is vastly improved. Regardless of one’s stance on the issues, Chair Ludlow runs citizen communications section of meetings in an open format, completely different from his predecessor, Charlotte Lehan.

Last Thursday I concluded my comments by thanking Commissioners Ludlow and Savas for apologizing to Richard. Later in the meeting Bernard defiantly refused to apologize, and made statements attacking those who don’t agree with him. Hopefully his rant will soon appear on YouTube.

Please attend the 6 p.m. Oct. 17 evening board meeting, where the policies will be on the agenda. The meeting will provide an opportunity to hold Bernard accountable. Feel free to speak on other important topics such as the CRC, TriMet and Damascus.

Les Poole lives in Gladstone.

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