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Headlines shouldn't mince around words like tax; Courthouse management should be questioned; Republicans' dereliction of duty

When I saw the story in last week's newspaper headlined "County schedules meetings for construction priorities," I nearly skipped reading the article.

Then I saw the subheading — "Funding coming from new vehicle registration fee" — and realized that this is a new tax the county has put upon us here in the county. I must have missed the previous articles in this paper about how county commissioners passed the fee without a public vote, and then some citizens filed a petition to refer the matter to the ballot. I heard those petitioners did not collect enough signatures in order to refer the commissioners' action to voters.

Now of course the county commissioners call it a "fee" — what a bunch of lies. They, in accordance with the crooked governor, would rather stick it to us rather than let us vote on a tax such as this. And I do think this article was part of a set-up to throw us off the real thing. This article should have been headlined as "County schedules meetings for NEW TAX on vehicle licenses." There was very small mention of construction in the article.

If the county wanted to extend their dollars, then they should repair the equipment they have and quit buying new every chance they get.

And, as an added note, the link that was noted for the county did not work. The correct link, if you want to see what the "government" is doing behind our backs and out of sight, is clackamas.us/transportation/crf.

Charles Nicodemus

Unincorporated

Clackamas County

Courthouse management should be questioned

I do not doubt the need for a new courthouse, but regarding the need for a new Clackamas County Circuit Courthouse, the Clackamas Review/Oregon City News article on July 24 showed a picture captioned "Long lines are one of the many issues that the current courthouse poses."

The photo actually shows four courthouse windows to serve county customers. One window has an employee serving no one, one window with a line, and two windows "closed" serving no one.

That really seems to be a management issue, not a space issue.

Bud Bunce

Happy Valley

Republicans' dereliction of duty

The mindset of the runaway Republicans in July was appalling, selfish, and full of hubris.

They were elected to work together on Oregon issues. Avoiding their duty and concern speaks volumes about their lack of purpose.

As a voting citizen I am interested in politics. It's up to me to read, listen and discuss matters pertaining to Oregon. I participate in a political group.

Sen. Boquist is a poor and disgusting member of Oregon Legislature.

My love of Oregon is without limits. A daily devotion request "maybe the politicians will get it right today" is sincere.

Sandra Hulden

Oregon City

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