Dialysis, transplants are keeping many people alive

To the editor:

Had kidney dialysis not yet been developed, my wife Wanda would have died in the summer of 1996. Had kidney transplants not been developed, she would now be dead or spending much of her time on dialysis.April 16 letters to the editor

How wonderful it is that our three kids each offered her a kidney. For 16 and a half years our son Ken’s kidney has been doing its duty in his mother’s body.

Thank you, Kenny’s kidney. Thank you, Diane and Lori, for offering yours. Thank you, Jesus, that Wanda still lives.

Ralph Beebe, Newberg

Vote for Jensen for House District 25 position

To the editor:

I have known Barbara Jensen for more than 10 years. Barbara’s personal experience in both private and public business settings and her strong ability to listen and communicate effectively, combine to make her an ideal candidate.

Barbara has strong traditional values, including support of traditional marriage and a pro-life stance on abortion, has been active in her community, has worked hard to establish the values of the Greatest Generation in today’s youth through the Keep The Spirit of ‘45 Alive campaign, which provided a day of reflection and renewal that honors the legacy of the men and women of the World War II generation across the nation.

As a mother and grandmother she understands that we must do better to provide our school districts with the resources they need to offer our children a world-class education.

I am excited that she is running for public office because her work ethic and steadfast leadership will be a tremendous asset to the people of House District 25.

Mark Bain, Salem

Use products that enhance, not damage the environment

To the editor:

It is spring and as people get back out into their yards so to are pollinators emerging.

I am concerned about home gardening and its effects on honeybees and other pollinating insects, given the prevalent use of neonictinoids by growers. Referred to by their nickname “neonics,” they represent a wide range of neurotoxic chemicals used by growers and seed producers to make “insect proof” plants to sell in nurseries.

These chemicals can last more than a year and may have long-term implications on pollinators, including impairing their navigational ability, decreasing their immune system, producing toxic pollen and nectar which, in turn, go to feed their young and make honey for winter survival.

Planning a native pollinator garden for my yard, I became aware of these chemicals during a native plant workshop. I went to my local nursery and asked if any of their plants were treated with neonics. The manager surprised me by saying, “I can’t guarantee that any of them are not.” The same nursery sells mason bees and also the crayon colored spray bottles of toxins for home use. This is the norm, not just at the small nurseries but also the big box stores.

These chemicals sold as “insect killers” can also kill, or negatively impact, honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies and the hundreds of anonymous native pollinators that make gardening what it really is: an expression of beauty and an intricate food web, a cycle of life. So ask your nursery manager the question “Will you please direct me to the plants that have not been grown or treated with neonics.”

Prepare yourself for the answer and then choose carefully. You can also help by asking nurseries to carry more organically grown plants.

Roberta Bush, McMinnville

Jensen has the skills to do the job

To the editor:

I have known Barbara Jensen as both a friend and business colleague for the past 14 years. During that period, we served together on volunteer boards and as ex-officio members on the board of directors of a small startup.

While gainfully employed through that entire time-frame on separate career paths, I had ample opportunity to witness Barbara’s drive, competence and ability to get things done. She possesses masterful organizational skills and her ability to envision the key elements of a problem and mobilize her team/associates on a path to successful outcomes is truly remarkable.

During my professional career I have had numerous opportunities to meet with legislators, formulate legislation, shadow lobbyists and testify before committees on both sides of the state capitol. This has given me a pretty clear picture of how government works in Oregon, but more importantly, what it takes to work effectively with it. House District 25 constituents have the unique opportunity to elect Barbara and gain the benefits of her many skill-sets while serving as their legislator. She is imminently qualified to serve in that capacity and I encourage you to vote for her.

Greg Crites, Portland

Illegal elections signs crop up everywhere

To the editor:

Signs, signs everywhere a sign of election times. I am well aware that these are needed to make sure you know who the candidates are, even though we get a ballot. And I am aware of what you can place where after running in five elections. I made a point of putting up my own signs and removing them on time, per the city codes.

Now the city of Newberg code (at my last reading) stated that you could have no more than two signs per lot not to exceed a total area of 12 square feet, an example being one sign of 3-feet by 4-feet only being legal per lot. There is a separate code section for election signs only for time, size and placement not to be construed under the temporary or portable signs code.

Or at least that is what has always been the case in the past. And I know the city is looking into the temporary or portable sign issue for possible changes to the code.

But I believe that from just driving around that the candidates “may” not have done due diligence as to understanding our city code. The amount of signs located on many properties would have brought fines or removal when I ran for office, let alone the size like the ones at Villa Road and Haworth Avenue would not have lasted a day before being taken down back then.

Should we not expect a person running for our county positions to research what is legal?

Roger Currier, Newberg

Relay for Life will continue its efforts to eradicate cancer

To the editor:

Newberg’s Relay for Life, our celebration for finding the cure for cancer, is fast approaching. Planning for this party of hope and reflection is well under way.

Initial fundraising is approaching $10,000 toward a goal of $100,000. Many fundraising events are being prepared for the community. They include a Mother’s Day Sale on April 26, two huge garage sales on May 3 and 24, a Celebration of Hope event at the Chehalem Cultural Center on June 7, a game night in June and a car rally on June 21.

Currently, 29 teams and 85 participants are signed-up for this year’s event, which will be held at Newberg High School.

Team counts are expected to more than double in the next few months, and participation will soar.

New teams and participants are encouraged to sign up. Your participation is imperative to getting the word out and fundraising as much as possible to find the cure. Since 2004, Newberg alone has raised more than $736,000 toward the cure.

With each dollar raised, we are just that much closer to driving out this devastating disease that affects every one of us at some point in our lives.

Please join in the effort to find the cure. Create a team of your own or contact us to join one that is already established.

We need your help! We need to be able to offer those with cancer “just one more birthday.” As our theme this year says, it’s time to “Drive Out Cancer!”

Contacts for the event are co-chairwomen Kathy and Marty Brown. Call 503-538-9663 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website at www. We can help you get organized and involved.

Jan Bortnem, Newberg

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