Week of April 23

Reader supports David Darnell for representative

To the editor:

Other than seeing signs, how many people around Molalla have ever heard of Vic Gilliam or know anything about him? He’s supposed to be our representative in Salem, but we only see him during the 4th of July parade.

Did you know Gilliam was asked to help our community during the school mascot debate in Salem, and Gilliam never responded? Is that representation?

Did you know Gilliam tried to override the will of the people by attempting to thwart a citizen-led ballot initiative that would ban illegal aliens from obtaining driver’s licenses?

Gilliam hasn’t just failed to represent us; he’s worked against us.

David Darnell is running against our absentee representative, and David made Molalla his campaign headquarters. I’m supporting David Darnell because he actually wants to represent us, and he’ll vote like a Republican should. Please join me and vote for David Darnell for State Representative in May.

Liz Cruthers


Mothballing the pool would probably mean permanent closure

To the editor:

I want to take this opportunity to give appreciation to Melissa Georgesen and the employees of the Molalla Aquatic Center for their excellent management of our local pool.

I may have a Canby address, but like many of us, I live within the Molalla School District boundary, and I can say without hesitation that the Molalla pool is the finest in the area. I have been swimming since childhood and swam competitively in high school. I find the MAC to be one of the best facilities I have swam in. I have been a member of the Molalla pool since it opened just 10 years ago, and as a 69-year-old with a bad back and knees, I find the pool to be an excellent way to exercise and stay in shape. In a country where we pay almost twice what other industrialized countries pay for health care, keeping fit is very important in helping lower health care costs.

Finally, I would hope that the city fathers find a way to keep this fine facility open. I understand that not everyone uses the pool; however, many of us don’t use bicycle lanes, but feel they too are important for the well-being of a vibrant city. Pools can’t be mothballed without dire consequences to the overall structure and equipment, so mothballing probably means permanent closure. Please keep this fine pool open.

Richard A. Gano,


Orange and Black Fun Run supports MHS athletes May 10

To the editor:

The Orange and Black Boosters would like to thank Hi-School Pharmacy for sponsoring and helping us to bring back individual athlete photos for our spring athletes.

We would also like to thank the following businesses for hosting our athlete signs: Cutting Edge Fitness, Country Value Store, Las Delicias Bakery, RE/MAX, Deardorff 3D LLC, EJK Associates LLC, Little Sweet Peas, and Bentley Feed Store.

May 10 is the date for our Orange and Black Fun Run, Dinner and Auction presented by Seaport Auto Wholesale. Sign-up for the 9 a.m. 5K Fun Run at or pick up a registration form at Cutting Edge Fitness. Cost is $25, $30 day of. $5 discount for families registering 3 or more participants. There is a 1/2 mile free fun run for kids 2-10! Wear your favorite orange and black attire.

Tickets for the auction are $15 each or 2/$25 and can be purchased at Passadores Pizzeria or at MHS. Doors open for the auction at 5 p.m. Admission to spring sports is free; take in a game, match, or meet this spring and support your Molalla HIgh School athletes!

Beth Faulhaber,


No-spin candidate listens to voters

To the editor:

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. Visit for information.

Jim Hart


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