ODOT insensitive to issues of nearby homeowners

To the editor:

On April 18, I came home to meet our new neighbor thanks to the Newberg-Dundee bypass project — an open manhole with a 24/7 diesel generator pumping the sewage out and down the street. The generator resonates within our home.

We’re not the first to be shown this sort of inconsideration by Oregon Department of Transportation.

There’s the couple down the road whose property has been split in two and ODOT says they’ll have no access to the back half, but isn’t paying them for it.May 7 letters to the editor

Then there’s the couple that had to threaten to sue before ODOT would pay them enough to live in a home similar to the one that was being condemned for the project. That conflict garnered a cable TV news story you can Google and view.

How about money management?

At the April 24, Dundee Budget Committee meeting, one of the city staffers mentioned they’d found a possible solution to not having to bore and jack a utility under the bypass fill, which would potentially save ODOT hundreds of thousands of dollars and ODOT hadn’t seemed interested.

This is on top of what my wife and I see daily demonstrated in front of the house. We’ve seen an accident with a dump truck. We’ve seen one of the workers take out the neighbor’s cat. After numerous complaints about safety ODOT (has) never said a thing about what they’re doing to fix things, they only say they hope Phase 2 will be better.

I’ve been a project engineer on-site for a managing firm on two large civil projects, Reno ReTRAC and the Hokuli’a project. I can say from experience, this is very poor project management.

Isaiah Cox, Dundee

Waste Management change can’t be cost effective

To the editor:

Recently I noticed a change in Waste Management’s pickup schedule. With some research, I discovered Waste Management had changed their pickup process from picking up both recyclables and waste at the same time to picking them up separately with the same truck reworked to handle the new process.

This change I understand required removal of the split in their trucks, designed for the original cost-cutting measures of picking up both recycling and waste simultaneously. When you consider the expense for this work and the possible additional cost and waste with additional overtime, fuel and the time it takes to pick up first one item, then the other, there can’t be an improvement and efficiency realized.

When you add the noise and pollution and the additional fuel it takes to make the two trips the trucks now take one has to wonder, what is the reason for the change?

Of course the wear and tear on the already heavily-used city streets from heavy trucks and multiple trips adds cost to maintenance of the streets.

I have to ask how this can be better. Is there an alternative reason for the change requiring a rate increase? We as citizens must be active in asking our City Council to review this practice at the franchise agreement review. It is our City’s Council role to protect us from unjustifiable rate increases. Get involved, send a letter today to the City Council at P.O. Box 970, Newberg OR, 97132

Roger Currier, Newberg

University marketing campaign flawed

To the editor:

Am I the only one who is confused and disappointed by the slogan on George Fox University’s teacher recruiting highway billboards, which say: “Teach the Change You Want to See?”

What does this mean? What change does the teacher see? We have been through five years of “Hope & Change.” Is that what the teacher wants to teach?

Many would like teachers to teach the fundamentals necessary to perform in the labor marketplace and achieve success in our economy. But that is not “change,” that is what was ordinary 25 years ago.

The slogan leaves me concerned. George Fox can do better with its advertising dollars — and perhaps, its instructional philosophy.

Michael Hartfield, Dundee

Vote for Brett Veatch for commissioner

To the editor:

I support Brett Veatch for Yamhill County commissioner, Position 1.

Brett is an excellent listener who fully considers options before making important decisions. He offers a business background and understands how to negotiate and compromise in good faith.

Brett offers experience, organization and creativity. He is the right choice for our county. I have known Brett since he was born and he has the right morals and ethics to make good leadership decisions and choices.

Randy Hopp, Newberg

Casey best choice for Yamhill County sheriff

To the editor:

I’ve been closely following the race for sheriff and there are three fine candidates. Each candidate has strengths and weakness.

Joe Shipley’s very nice and likable with an easy going attitude, which is good, although being in a political position, I question whether that quality will be a disadvantage.

Tim Svenson has had several years to showcase his management style to the office. That experience is good, but I question why sheriff’s office employees are not officially supporting his candidacy. Perhaps they’ve seen the future and don’t like what they see.

Which begs the question, if an administrator has two or 20 years of experience in poor management practices, is that a benefit? Perhaps Yamhill County voters answered that in 2002 when then Detective Jack Crabtree, who had no administrative experience, was elected over a former captain with decades of experience.

Tim Casey has the least experience. However, Casey’s strength comes from hard work and in addition to his law enforcement experience, Casey was a successful business owner. Having the experience and knowledge to manage assets, personnel and budgets in the private sector is exceedingly important because you become skilled at making the right decisions when it’s your business.

Vote for Tim Casey.

Mark Miller, McMinnville

Jensen ultimately qualified for position

To the editor:

I read with interest that Barbara Jensen has decided to throw her hat into the ring for state representative for House District 25.

About 15 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara in a professional setting; we have worked together for years now. From the beginning it was apparent to me that Barbara is a quality professional with a work ethic above reproach. As a professional, she has developed a reputation for being a no-nonsense leader who calls out inefficiencies and gets projects done on time and on budget. She will be an asset in the Oregon Legislature and will represent the voters of House District 25 at the highest level.

If you want a state representative who can work with others and get important goals accomplished, I highly recommend voting for Barbara Jensen.

Al Shannon, Salem

Post would serve House District 25 effectively

To the editor:

We are writing to express our support of Bill Post for state representative in House District 25. We know Bill to be a man of strong principles and unquestionable integrity.

Even before he made the decision to run, he always paid close attention to what’s going on in state government and how it affects the citizens of this state. Bill cares about Oregon and the people who live here and we believe he will do his best to keep the state government accountable to the people it represents.

We believe he will make a difference and that he truly is the right choice for Oregon. If you live in House District 25, be sure to vote for Bill Post. You won’t be disappointed.

Joe and Diane Silleman, Dallas

Ask sheriff candidates the tough questions

To the editor:

The election of an individual to the position of sheriff, the chief law enforcement officer, should not be taken lightly.

I believe it is incumbent upon the citizens of Yamhill County to consider serious questions about real issues directed at each of the candidates.

Any regime change includes personnel changes, and each candidate has plans to keep (i.e. status quo) or replace certain personnel. For example, the assistant to the sheriff, also the administrative support manager. Who is their chosen assistant and what are their qualifications, work ethic and managerial skills like? More importantly, will they fit the existing group dynamic or push people out of the sheriff’s office?

What knowledge does each candidate possess regarding the changing tides of social and cultural issues, and what are they prepared to do to address potentially negative outcomes from these changes affecting the livability in Yamhill County?

What are the candidate’s views on present day issues of increased alcohol abuse and DUIIs, increased drug trafficking in meth and/or heroin, mental health, and the impact of legalized medical marijuana with potential for abuse with illegal grows and distribution?

Does each candidate understand and appreciate how important emotional intelligence is to the role of law enforcement?

What does each candidate believe is the foundation of their ability to be a leader (beyond experience and certifications), and can they articulate what that foundation is?

What kind of leadership will they bring to the sheriff’s office: transformational, transactional, goal-oriented, active and role-modeling, situational, mixed style or Laissez-faire/passive leadership?

The answers the candidates give (or don’t) to these questions will have an impact on whom I (and I hope every citizen of Yamhill County) will consider voting for as the next sheriff of Yamhill County.

Tony Spurlock, Newberg

Vasquez endorses Svenson for sheriff

To the editor:

I have been acquainted with Tim Svenson since he came to work at the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office. I have watched him advance through the ranks to his current position of captain. Today, I am asking you to join me in electing Tim Svenson as our next sheriff.

As a retired Yamhill County sheriff, I continue to have a keen interest in the office. I believe that each succeeding sheriff is obligated both to build upon the successes of his predecessors and to advance the office in his or her own way through strategic use of new technologies and a clear, uncompromising eye to the core law enforcement principles that are essential to deliver excellence in service and to assure public safety.

It is my opinion that Capt. Tim Svenson is the only candidate who is qualified to do this. He has demonstrated his commitment to his profession and to Yamhill County. He has acquired significant education and professional training. He has sought ever-increasing responsibility and continued to move up through the ranks to his current position.

Tim Svenson is a man of substance and integrity. As a sheriff, I will be proud to call him sheriff.

Sheriff Lee Vasquez, McMinnville

Bridges best suited for county commissioner

To the editor:

We have known Debra Bridges for many years. As a neighbor, she has consistently volunteered for many worthwhile organizations; Habit for Humanity, SMART, CASA, Rotary and the Newberg School District have all benefitted greatly from her time and leadership skills.

In her professional career, she has worked for YCAP, United Way and is currently director of Crime Victims Services for the county district attorney. These are not “figure head” positions. These are jobs of great responsibility and dedication, which require understanding how government services operate and what people need from their public service agencies.

Debra will bring much knowledge of budgets and how the county can work to better serve all its citizens. Her work ethic and record of public service speak volumes about the kind of person she is, and the kind of county commissioner she will be.

Please give her your support and vote for her in the May primary election.

Mary & Dave Weil, Dundee

Jensen has experience to do the job well

To the editor:

I have never written in support of any candidate, but I know and support Barbara Jensen.

She and I worked together for many years and she has been a family friend for at least 25 years. In her work, Barbara developed and oversaw many new solutions and new, large projects from beginning to end. She was never satisfied with mere praise and pay, but always worked for complete success. She always got the job done well and fully, no matter the obstacles.

Her abilities and tireless work ethic are just two aspects of her. Her character is also firm, compassionate, charitable and moral. I trust Barbara completely with my money, family and community. She will serve us all well as our representative in House District 25.

C. David White, Salem

Veatch has experience to be commissioner

To the editor:

It is a pleasure to have carried out due diligence on candidates for Yamhill County commission this election.

As a former member of the Yamhill County Budget Committee, having been born and raised in Yamhill County, knowing most previous county commissioners over the past many years and having observed Brett Veatch many years, I am of the firm belief Brett Veatch has the essential experience needed to serve us best in Position 1 of the Board of Commissioners.

Bob Youngman, Newberg

Jensen understands state government well

To the editor:

I have known Barbara Jensen for more than 15 years. I have had the privilege of working with her when she was a state government program director responsible for overseeing large, multi-agency initiatives. More recently, I worked with Barb in her role managing a comprehensive technology assessment project for the city of Portland.

Over the years, I have seen firsthand how her integrity, commitment to excellence, untiring diligence in the face of adversity, and unique ability to rally diverse interests toward a common goal set Barb apart from most.

These qualities, combined with her understanding of how state government works, make Barb the clear choice to effectively represent the people of House District 25.

Mike Zanon, Salem

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