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Jo Haverkamp of Oregon City: What has happened to our First Amendment rights under the Constitution?

I am a very concerned citizen of Clackamas County. I have retired after 35 years in the medical field. I am a volunteer advocate and have helped many people clarify their differences. I also served as a city councilor for one term and helped in numerous charity fundraisers over the past years. Always involved with community work, I say this for many who do not know me.

I have been very upset with the absurd and ridiculous situation about county Commissioner Mark Shull, a former lieutenant colonel and a decorated Bronze Star recipient. People are trying to Jo Haverkampget him to resign. He was in command in Iraq. The Clackamas County commissioner said remarks two years ago about Muslims whom he had been fighting for years. What has happened to our First Amendment rights under the Constitution?

A little highlight in the fact of receiving a Bronze Star: It's a medal given to members of the U.S. armed forces for heroic achievement. Also, he was recognized for valuable leadership skills, sound judgment and an intense drive for mission accomplishment.

This recall they are pushing is orchestrated by a small group who are unhappy that Jim Bernard and Ken Humberston got voted out. I am almost 82 years old and it bothers them that I speak out in favor of this war hero. I have been trashed on Facebook from this group. Do not let this group overrule our election. I have done the research, so if it makes them feel good, trash me.

I do not know Commissioner Mark Shull. I have not talked with him about the situation.

Personally, I want him to help run this county. His sound judgment is what we need.

In the Bible it says, "Judge not for you will be judged." Forgive or you will not be forgiven.

Jo Haverkamp is an Oregon City resident.


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