One of the big events I’m involved in, along with the Milwaukie American Legion, is bringing the Vietnam Memorial Wall to our community.

The wall memorializes and honors those who lost their lives serving our country in Vietnam. 2015 will mark the 50-year-rememberance of the war. Jerry Craig of the Milwaukie American Legion shared with me the following facts:

There are 58,267 names now listed on the polished black wall

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date, and within each date, the names are alphabetized

The first known casualty was on June 8, 1956;

39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger;

There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall

33,103 18-year-olds are on the Wall;

Five soldiers on the Wall were 16-years-old;

One soldier, Dan Bullock, was 15;

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam;

1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day of tour in Vietnam;

Eight women are on the Wall — all were nursing the wounded;

The most deaths on a single day was Jan. 31, 1968 — 245 deaths.

Councilor Mike Miller


What else is going on here?

It’s been 624 months since I earned that first college degree in history and political science. For 52 years I’ve been driven to seek answers to my question, “What else is going on here?”

When I see or read political or social attention getters; such as the anti Obama, Merkley, Schrader billboards on I-205, it’s instinctive with me to look beyond the first reflection.

Les Poole of Gladstone elects to describe the efforts of our duly elected U.S. representative, senator and president as flawed, empty rhetoric, wasteful, worn-out responses, [efforts leading to] fiascos, bandwagon[ing], recipes for failures and deceptive.

For five years we have been witness to a Republican Party stonewalling not only President Obama’s agenda but stonewalling his ability to govern effectively. If a person is conditioned to only see first look reflections he/she could conclude it’s just politics. I submit there are other images, one of which I believe to be racism. I write to express an opinion. I write hoping to encourage others to ask the question on all issues, “What else is going on here?”

D. Kent Lloyd


Savas, the open-minded candidate

One only has to attend, view or listen to any one of the Board of Commissioner’s weekly meetings to gain an understanding that there is one particular voice that consistantly has the best interest of the citizens of Clackamas County in mind when he speaks or votes.

Paul Savas is a proven leader that is now and will continue to make Clackamas County a better place to safely live, work, play and raise our families, all the while maintaining a stable course of cohesive prosperity for all of its citizens. Whenever Commissioner Savas acts or reacts to a particular issue he does so with you and me foremost in mind.

The essence of intelligence is informed opinion tempered with an open mind and expressed cogently. That is Commisioner Savas. That is the man we elected to represent us and has proven time and again that we most definitely should re-elect now. The last thing Clackamas County needs now in these times is yet another Tea Party obstructionalist, financed by outside money.

Paul Savas will continue to move the county forward toward a goal of shared and sustainable economic prosperity in a responsible way. That is why I am voting to re-elect Paul Savas and urge you to do likewise.

Tom Weaver

Jennings Lodge

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