Airport runway issues need more discussion
To the editor:
Last night at the joint meeting I asked Commissioner Cameron why he was committed to the Aurora Airport expansion as his "first priority." But he expressed an emphatic denial of ever saying that and stated that Ben Williams (President of Friends of French Prairie and noted local land use activist) was a "liar." Pretty strong denial of a factual and published statement.
A Kevin Cameron campaign Feb. 2 email says: "My first priority is the extension of the Aurora Airport runway by 1,000 feet."
I believe the city council, Aurora citizens and those of surrounding areas, are being manipulated, misled and now lied to by powerful outside interests (including our own County Commissioner) that have nothing short of an obsession to get this airport expanded for purely economic interests and no regard for residents who will be impacted for generations to come.
It is up to us (Planning and Council members) to make an adamant call for following Oregon's land use rules, honesty and transparency and inclusion of impacted parties in making decisions of this sort. Waiting for the FAA or ODA to make these decisions is, in my opinion, giving away any voice in the matter that we have a right to.
One more thing. The IGA recently on the agenda needs to be revised to include other communities and have any other modifications reflecting the present and not the economic, environmental and social environment of a decade ago. I understand that Clackamas County, Charbonneau and Wilsonville want to be included and have a seat at the table...I agree. Having a fleet of corporate jets flying over your head in addition to the other impacts is not quite the same as a housing development in the area.
Please, let's have some discussions about these issues before any commitments get made.
Little makes sense as assessor
To the editor:
I support Tami Little for Clackamas County Assessor. I have been a lifetime resident of Clackamas County and currently a Canby resident.
I have known Tami and her family since 1979 and found her to be one of the most hard working and honest persons I have had the privilege of knowing. As a working mother she raised two boys with her late husband of 37 years in Oregon City.
With over 34 years of experience in the assessor's office Tami is by far is the right person for this position. She was appointed unanimously by our current county commissioners as our assessor in May when the previous assessor retired. Prior to being assessor she was the deputy assessor for nine years.
Before that she had worked in all areas of the assessor's office. She has proven to be an effective leader with unmatched hands on experience that can only be acquired through hard work and dedication. I believe she is committed to continuing to work hard to provide the citizens of Clackamas County a fair and efficient property tax system.
We need to retain the best person for the job of tax assessor. Please vote for Tami Little, Clackamas County Tax assessor.
White would make a good county clerk
To the editor:
I am writing to support Pamela White as she campaigns for Clackamas County Clerk. It is rare to find someone who truly embodies the concept of service and selflessness. Pamela is exactly that.
For the twenty years I have known her Ms. White has been a tireless supporter for Canby Schools. I had the privilege of instructing all five of her amazing children. Her dedication as a mother was evident in their strength and confidence. Not only did she volunteer in the classroom helping students, she also worked with the PTSA organizing fundraisers and activities. Her generosity of spirit enriched the lives of many students well beyond her own.
Her influence on kids did not stop there. She served on the Canby School Board for years and held the position of school board chairman where she remained active in classrooms, maintaining a close connection to the integral workings and needs of the district. Thus allowing her to direct the school board in a credible manor.
She is a natural leader, great communicator, and genuinely committed to public service. Any public office would benefit from Pamela White's competence, integrity and dedication. She is an outstanding candidate for Clackamas County Clerk.