Steve Bates loves his community, country

Regarding Jim Bernard’s attack against his opponent, Steve Bates, who is running against him for Clackamas County commissioner Position 5: It’s very unfortunate that Bernard has stooped to such a low level.

It reinforces my beliefs that he must not have a very long list of credentials to brag about without digging up a bunch of lies about Steve Bates.

When Bates took over as chairman of the Boring CPO, at the first meeting and every one since, we are asked to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance with the American flag present. Does that sound anti-government?

I went on the trip to Dull, Scotland, for eight days with the Bates family — Steve, his wife, daughter and son-in-law. They were, and still are, a wonderful bunch of people to associate with, lots of down-to-earth fun, clean living, and made us very proud when he led us on that trip and interacted with the Scottish people.

He was a true representative of the American people through the whole trip. Does that sound anti-government? He loves his family, community, county and country

I know he’ll make the best choices for Clackamas County.

Bea Minnear, Boring

No-spin candidate listens to the people

For Position 5 on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, I am supporting a man who has for years demonstrated the type of leadership I appreciate and hope for every time I mark my ballot.

I am supporting Steve Bates because of my close observation of the honesty and sincerity of his leadership during the past four years while I was a reporter for newspapers in the Boring area of Clackamas County.

Bates’ style of leadership gives the power to the people he represents. At meetings and visits to his home office, I was impressed with his exhaustive research on current topics. He listens to people’s views, says what he’s thinking and doesn’t put political spin on anything.

Bates bring added integrity to a board that has not always enjoyed the esteem and respect of local residents.

This position is likely to be decided in the primary, so please vote in May for Steve Bates for Commissioner No. 5. Visit for information.

Jim Hart, Boring

You can help shape college bond measure

Clackamas Community College has educated and trained local students for almost 50 years. In 2016, the school will mark a half century of providing education and work force skills to the region.

The Board of Education is developing a plan that will honor a half century of service to the community and prepare the college for future service.

We are crafting a bond measure to provide modern facilities and equipment to better train students to qualify for today’s jobs and prepare for transfer to university.

In the coming months, we will share more about our plan. We are inviting the public to hear about the bond and share ideas with President Joanne Truesdell before a plan is finalized. She will host a series of community meetings in May, two at each of the three college campuses.

The full schedule is at Meetings are scheduled for morning and evening on May 1-2 in Oregon City; May 15-16 at the Harmony Community Campus; and May 22-23 in Wilsonville.

Please come and help us shape the future of Clackamas Community College.

Jane Reid, Clackamas Community College

Board of Education, Zone 6

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