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Here’s to our non-service industry

Did you know that Oct. 4 is National Manufacturing Day? Manufacturing is still an important part of our nation’s economy and especially of Oregon’s. Manufacturing output as a share of Oregon’s total GDP grew from 18 percent in 1997 to 39 percent in 2012. This is the highest share of GDP of any state in the nation.

Did you know that the North Clackamas Chamber has a special group for those in manufacturing, food processing, distribution and other non-retail or service industries? The Manufacturers’ Roundtable meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:30 in the morning. Every month they share information on HR issues, OSHA issues and environmental regulations. This month they are having a special presentation on the Globally Harmonized System requirements. Any business handling chemicals of any sort should attend.

The Manufacturers’ Roundtable is just another way that the North Clackamas Chamber seeks to serve all of our members, and clearly our manufacturers are a very important part of a vital regional economy.

David Kelly

North Clackamas County Chamber CEO

Bargaining chip is ‘cow chip’

Gov. John Kitzhaber says inclusion of Senate Bill 633 in the state Legislature’s special session is a bargaining chip. I think it’s more like a cow chip, a nasty state-level version of the Monsanto Protection Act that U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley helped squash in Congress.

We’re told that agriculture policy is “best left to the experts at the state level.” Sound familiar? Industry “experts” in another field assured us that the odds of a Fukushima-scale catastrophe were miniscule.

The chosen “experts” in high places are almost always the fast-track, market-driven technology “experts” and not the slow-track, peer-reviewed experts engaged in decades-long trials that can withstand the test of time and broad public scrutiny ... or the experts who work family farms generation after generation.

Authentic democracy from the bottom up is our best check on “experts” with potential conflicts of interest — particularly when it comes to ensuring the health of the ecosystems where we live and grow our food.

Kenny Jones

Northeast Portland

Register to vote by Oct. 15

Are you registered to vote? Please take time to register to vote by Oct. 15.

Registering is not difficult. In Oregon, go online to oregonvotes.org or visit your local Elections office, or go to an Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles office to see how easy it is to register to vote.

Some of the most common reasons to update your voter registration are:

  • Having moved since you last voted;
  • Changed your name;
  • Changed your party;
  • Not voted for five years; or,
  • Never registered before.
  • Please don’t be among the 1 in 4 Americans who are not registered to vote.

    Remember that throughout history, men and women have given their lives to secure the basic right to vote. Imagine what our community and country might look like if every eligible American was registered to vote. Please take the time to register to vote. Then read up on the issues and candidates so by Nov. 5 you will be an informed voter who is ready to contribute your voice to making democracy work in Oregon.

    Marlene Byrne

    Gresham

    Get ready for great food and wines

    On Nov. 16, the Northwest Food and Wine Festival returns.

    Superior restaurants paired with outstanding wines from the Pacific Northwest and beyond will charm your palette. Exceptional spirits and beers too. Visit the cocktail camp. Try wines and spirits from more than 60 tasting rooms — save time and gas and buy right at the festival.

    More than 30 restaurants and food vendors pull out the stops for you. Gourmet food focus is on pates, lamb, sausage, mushrooms, cheese, oysters and so much more.

    It’s a floor full of flavor and fun at the (Doubletree Lloyd Center). Find out more at nwfoodandwinefestival.com. Samples included in ticket price.

    Chris Cannard

    Vancouver, Wash.




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