Resident disappointed with service

To the editor:

Last week I went in to the Woodburn Municipal Court to speak with the court clerk. After speaking with three employees and the court clerk, I was sent to the Woodburn Police Department, where they then sent me back to the court.

I went back and forth for one whole week. All the court was doing was sending me back to WPD. And all WPD did was sent me back to the court with notes explaining why it had nothing to do with them.

I even went to Marion County Court and a sergeant took the time to call the Woodburn Municipal Court to let them know that they were the ones that needed to help me with my situation. Finally one day, I asked to speak to someone higher up in position and I received an answer.

I’m still frustrated with the “help” that I received from the people who are supposed to be well trained and that are there to answer questions. I think that employees whose jobs are to deal with the public should have patience and willingness to help. They should not make you feel like you can’t even go in to ask them anything.

To finish my letter let me just tell you that the question that I had was, “What do I do when my court date comes and I cannot make it because I will be out of state.” The court was not letting me do a written plea ahead of time and they were also not letting me call in because they wouldn’t know if it was really me. What I ended up doing was calling in on the day of the court because it seems that the court does allow you to call in a plea.

Judy Baltazar


Fire levy would maintain response times

To the editor:

Along with being a volunteer EMT for the Aurora Rural Fire Protection District for the past six years, I have served as a board director for the past 11 years and have responded to ambulance calls for 37 years as a medic for Woodburn Ambulance Service.

Without the renewal of the Aurora Fire and Emergency levy in November, response times and quality of services would suffer.

Residents of the 64 square miles of the Aurora Rural Fire Protection District should continue to expect the same level of high quality fire and emergency response.

Please vote with me: Yes on 24-254 to continue the excellent service provided to our community.

Deb Garner


North Marion levy would motivate students to succeed

To the editor:

Having worked in other school districts before working at North Marion, I can honestly say that North Marion has many advantages others do not. However, not admitting that we also have some harmful deficiencies as a result of lost funding would be a mistake. It’s not uncommon to hear our students complain about outdated instructional materials, technology and facilities.

But, on Nov. 5, we have the opportunity to fill these voids, invest in the present and future of our community and change our students’ perception.

A “yes” vote on North Marion’s operational levy will, among other things, do the following: Recreate jobs that have been lost over the years; update instructional materials and technology to fit the demands of proven, successful teaching strategies; and restore and enhance the safety and maintenance of our campus. This can all be done with the lowest tax rate in the area.

I was a junior in high school when the benefits of the 1998 bond began to be seen. I remember how the additions to the high school and the opening of the primary school instilled a sense of pride and achievement in my classmates, which directly influenced our motivation to succeed. Although not a bond, this levy gives us the chance to instill pride and achievement in our students once again.

Studies show student achievement comes from motivation while motivation is created when students know they have the resources needed for success in their world. Investing now will provide our students with what’s necessary to succeed in the future. As a result, a generation of proud Huskies will continue the tradition of making our community welcoming, respectful and safe.

Please vote “yes” on Nov. 5. Thank you.

Ty Brack


Community hub needs voter support

To the editor:

I graduated from North Marion High School in 1981 and have lived in Hubbard all of my life. The North Marion schools have been a central part of that life — my dad and father-in-law went to North Marion in the ‘50s. My sons attended North Marion from kindergarten through grade 12. In a rural community like ours made up of small towns, North Marion’s campus has been the community hub for my family. Before the kids were even in school, we watched Husky baseball and football together. My kids learned to play baseball and football through the PRYDE program on North Marion’s fields. And now that they are graduated, we still regularly attend athletic events and see many alumni there too.

I encourage my neighbors, friends and fellow alumni to vote “yes” on Measure 24-355 on Nov. 5. We share the fields that our kids play sports on. The buildings are getting old and inefficient — and weren’t built with security and technology in mind. To update these things costs money.

I want to help the North Marion community update, upgrade and keep kids safe and learning. Please join me in voting “yes” on Measure 24-355.

Rich Cooper


Levy dollars would be spent wisely

To the editor:

This past Friday I had the privilege of spending an entire day on the North Marion School District campus documenting through photography “A Day in the Life of North Marion.” I spent most of my time wandering the halls and classrooms of the primary and intermediate schools. I expected to feel quite at home, as I have three adult children who spent their K-12 years on the combined campuses. We chose North Marion because of its unique setting — one campus, a diverse student population, both ethnically and economically, small, welcoming, connected. We were and are big fans. What I found was that same atmosphere, and so much more. I saw learning happening everywhere. I saw students, teachers and support staff working seriously, diligently and joyously. And I could tell it was not a show.

I write to you today about what I did not see. I did not see excess. I did not see pretty, shiny examples of wasted resources. I did not see staff standing around chatting. I did not see students who took their environment for granted. For that reason, I strongly support Measure 24-355. While I saw technology used everywhere, it was obvious that it enhanced the learning experience. It is imperative that we continue to invest in critical technology upgrades. I also saw books, music, physical education and, my favorite part of the day, I saw recess. In every area I witnessed well-managed use of what they had, but there is a need for more and better resources.

I have confidence in those who will spend these needed tax dollars. I believe they will be used responsibly and effectively. I urge you to vote “yes” with me.

Karla Hunt


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