Letters from Jan. 1


Why I resigned

To the Editor,

I keep getting the question “Why did you really resign?”

It seems that the simple statement I made doesn’t satisfy the curious minds out there. So, in the interest of full disclosure (I’m laughing), the reason is exactly as stated. I’m not getting any younger and I want to spend more time with my family.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed my role as mayor and that I’m not proud of what I have accomplished. It just means I want to spend more time with my family and less time in politics.

I’m not a politician and never have been. The city of Culver is the best place in Jefferson County to live. Our budget is in the black, our schools are the best in Oregon, we are a city of volunteers, we have hard working businesses that care about their customers and our council and city staff is here to serve the city, not their own agendas. How in the world could I not be proud to be part of that?

Sorry that the economy is in such a mess. Jobs and wages will always be on my mind and I still intend to be involved in any way I can. I heard a quote the other day, “It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own.” (I’m not laughing.)

The future? I’m looking forward to new experiences. Changes excite and challenge me. I’m still working at Hairlines salon, because there are still new styles and people that I want to learn about and meet. I love the strong friendships I’ve made — the ones that don’t need daily conversation. When you see them it’s like not a day has passed since you saw each other. You know what I mean.

I must give credit to John, my soulmate. He gave me the courage to learn and appreciate other people’s values and understand them. He opened my eyes to realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will. So, I will forget the people in my past because there’s a reason why they are not in my future. Thank you, my best friend.

I can’t thank Nancy Diaz enough for stepping up to finish out my term. Not only has Nancy been a capable councilor, she has a great sense of humor. All leaders must have a great sense of humor. It keeps everyone at ease and can break the ice between people.

It makes them approachable and open. If I have any advice for Nancy it would be to keep up your sense of humor, it hides your panic from others. Love you.

Hope that clears the air. I’m lovin’ life and hope you won’t forget to shout out a hello when you see me.

Shawna Clanton

Former mayor of Culver

Help rescue animals

To the Editor,

Please join me in making it a part of your New Year’s resolution to make a monthly donation to our local Madras Rescue Group; mailing address is 416 N.E. 10th St., Madras, OR 97741.

Be a part of helping to rescue animals. Sandy works very hard to provide a safe, warm home for animals.

She accepts donations of garage sale items for her fundraising sales. She also accepts money, cat food, cat litter and dog food when she gets a dog. Sandy has gotten pregnant dogs and cats and has to bottle feed them until she is able to place them.

When I send a donation to her, she will send me a receipt for tax write-off and we all can use them. So please, be a part of helping provide for the animals that have been abandoned or rescued from abuse. Thank you.

Amy McCully