ODOT officials were asleep at the wheel

The Oregon Department of Transportation was clearly asleep at the wheel by voting 4-0 against the wishes — very modest wishes — of Forest Grove officials to slow traffic on Highway 47. I wonder if any of the four spent any time monitoring the traffic, and if so, on what day and at which hour?

Yet again we have distant government bureaucrats deciding what is best for the denizens of Forest Grove. With 154 crashes and three fatalities in 10 years, that doesn’t register? Hopefully there will not be another serious accident or fatality, for the blood will be on the hands of the ODOT review panel.

I am tempted to have a sign company manufacture a couple of 35 mph signs, and I’ll replace the 55 mph signs myself. No, wait — I could be killed if I spent any time on that dangerous highway.

Talon Buchholz


Disappointing to see fair cancel poultry competition

With county fair season throughout Oregon upon us, I recently went to the website for Washington County to enter the open class poultry competition for the fair dates of July 24 to 27. In the handbook, it stated there would be no show for open class poultry in 2014. This was very disappointing, since the poultry show was canceled altogether in 2013.

I emailed the fair complex to see what the reason was and I received a statement back that read, in part, “there was no superintendent” and because of a lack of entries in previous years by adults. However, 4-H would still have a show.

I understand surrounding counties such as Yamhill and Tillamook do not have open class shows in part due to limited space and the high number of 4-H and FFA entries. However, my grievance lies in that I did not see any ad or mention anywhere before the Washington County Fair that a superintendent for poultry was needed, nor was it mentioned there was going to be no open show until I went and read the handbook online — which said it was updated June 10.

I gladly would have volunteered had I known. I think it is disappointing that for being one of the state’s most populous counties and largest fairs, a superintendent could not be found; there are fewer agricultural participants; and a decades-long tradition of open class poultry at Washington County has ended with no foreseeable revival in future fair years to come.

Andy Haugen


CPR technique could be taught to high schoolers

A few weeks ago, I listened to an Oregon resident’s heartwarming story of survival when he presented during a staff meeting at a fitness club in Gresham. Emotions aside, he delivered a clear and impactful message that the timely execution of CPR by two staff members of the club saved his life before emergency medical personnel arrived. Nearly 383,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 11 percent survive, most likely because of a lack of receiving CPR in a timely matter.

The American Heart Association has recognized an easily learned and very efficient method of CPR called “hands-only CPR” that requires nothing but your hands to perform and the courage to step up. By ensuring high school students in the state of Oregon learn hands-only CPR before graduating, we could put 45,000 additional lifesavers every year in our communities.

I applaud Portland Mayor Charlie Hales for declaring the first week in June as “CPR Awareness Week” — and I urge Oregon state legislators to take a step in the right direction as Washington, Idaho and 14 other states have done, and require hands-only CPR to be taught in all high schools by 2015.

Cameron Croonquist


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