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Our mailbag this week is filled with political letters and advice for giving back.

Editor's note: We are experiencing an unusually high volume of letters to the editor due to the coronavirus pandemic and upcoming election on May 19. Letters will be published every week as space allows, with letters that are unable to run due to limited space carried over to a subsequent issue. We appreciate your patience and willingness to share your opinion at this time.

Orthodontist backs Clarke in judge contest

I'm endorsing Mike Clarke for his campaign to become judge in Columbia county.

For nearly a decade, I have poured blood, sweat and tears into my business. Three weeks back, Gov. Kate Brown forced our closure to aid subsiding the pandemic. This is my family's only source of income. The decisions I had to make were huge and ever-changing by the minute; I was in quicksand. I reached out to Mike Clarke.

The mixed emotions of uncertainty as I picked up that phone was nauseating. If you've ever faced a mound of bills without income, you know exactly what I am talking about. Truthfully, I contacted him only in regards to understanding all of the legal jargon, but thankfully, Mike is not just a lawyer.

Mike listened to me, not just to my problem, but to me. The entire time I talked to him, I knew he was a small business owner, a father, son, husband and brother. He wasn't just some lawyer, but my partner in my time of crisis. He treated my crisis as his own. Before ending our talk, he advised me to let him focus on the legal while I focus only on my husband and kids for just one day. That is a good man.

I am a mother of three, business owner and doctor; Mike is the only choice for judge.

Dr. Dharmini Pathmanathan

Co-Owner, Evergreen Family Dentistry & Orthodontics

Public safety levy is right for all of Washington County

Now more than ever, monitoring, supporting and transitioning offenders in our community matters!

Whether you're in Tualatin, Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro or Banks, what happens in probation and parole at the county level is crucial to our community safety.

We need to remain confident in the direction of our community and focus on our long-term priorities as we collectively work through the current health and economic challenges related to the COVID-19 virus.

The public safety levy for Washington County supports critically important parole and probation supervision of offenders who are transitioning back into our community.

This is smart and safe for our neighborhoods and the right thing to do with a great "return on investment." Washington County has a long-established record utilizing proven strategies with officers working as "change agents". The likelihood of reoffending is shown to be lower for offenders who've had structured support, accountability and constructive supervision like what happens in Washington County.

Without the public safety levey, misdemeanor crimes like domestic violence, child neglect, criminal mistreatment or driving under the influence of intoxicants would not receive the necessary supervision or services addressing behavior change.

Please help continue making Washington County a safe community. Vote yes on Measure 34-296 on our May ballots!

Steve Berger, Hillsboro

Crisis shows why experience like Hass' is vital

In the last two months, the COVID-19 crisis has tested world leaders. Preparedness, collaboration, planning, experience — these virtues are now critical. Experts and administrators fired by the Trump administration are now being called upon to support our national effort.

Hiring or rehiring experts can't happen when pressures mount and immediate action is demanded.

In these fragile times, voters should have higher standards than ever. We must choose leaders that have been tested and have delivered; because we need stability, recovery, and someone who can bring people and interests together on what truly counts.

As state senator, Mark Hass led Oregon's biggest reforms, including the Oregon Promise, the Student Success Act, full-day kindergarten, and campaign finance reform. All of these landmark laws required patience, persuasion, common sense, and an ability to partner with non-traditional allies.

Candidates' records should be scrutinized because we need certainty and security as we reopen our economy, strengthen our democratic process, and secure our congressional representation boundaries next year.

Let's hold our candidates to the highest of standards. Let's elect Mark Hass for secretary of state — this year's highest-profile statewide race.

Trista Burgoyne, Forest Grove

How entrepreneurs can give back to their communities

Finding success as an entrepreneur makes you feel like you're on top of the world. This success would not have happened without the support of your local community, though. It's important to think about what you can do to make your community a better place.

• Help causes that you're passionate about: Are there any causes in your community that you are passionate about? You might want to help feed impoverished families, or you might wish to help beautify the city. Giving back to the community should come from a genuine place. If you see an area where you could help the community out, then you should offer your hand to community leaders.

• Donate to causes: Donating to causes might be a good way to give back to the community. Many entrepreneurs wind up donating money to help out local schools, religious institutions, museums, and other critical community-related projects. You could donate money directly to charities that are helping out less fortunate members of the community as well.

• Hold community events: You could consider holding events that would benefit the community as well. This could be something as simple as a luncheon to promote a certain cause, or it could involve doing something nice for the children that live in the city. Consider what type of events would appeal to your community and what would be useful to the citizens of your city.

• Get your employees involved: If you have employees, you can get them involved in giving back to the community. Your desire to help the community could become much more significant than yourself if you include your entire company. It makes sense to do this if your community outreach ideas line up with your business model. It can help your company be seen as one that cares about people and values its place in the community.

Justice Owusu-Hienno, Beaverton

Humanity sets Judge Grant apart

I am a lifelong Columbia County resident. I have personally known Judge Jenefer Grant since she was a practicing lawyer, 14 years ago. She is bright, level-headed, caring, yet strong. Most important to me though, is her humanity.

I sat in her courtroom a couple of times. I saw people come before her that were out of their element. Judge Grant could have been all business, brusque, to the point, no feelings. Yet she was kind. She was patient. She put them at ease. She was fair. I was impressed.

I strongly recommend re-electing Jenefer Grant as Circuit Court Judge. I want an intelligent and caring human being as a judge in our county.

Chuck McCartney, St. Helens

We don't need a 'Dud' for county commissioner

When you vote for county commissioner on the upcoming ballot, I hope you all will take the time to find out about the many candidates. One you should definitely observe is Brandee Dudzic.

I have met Brandee and talked to her and I have to tell you that after talking to her, you are likely to walk away and shake your head as if trying to shake water out of your ear after swimming. There are some good candidates running, but Brandee definitely ain't one of them.

The first time I met Brandee was at a veterans breakfast. I had announced the upcoming climate summit that was coming to town, and she approached me to tell me that she believed in manmade climate change. I asked her, "Why, because you heard it on CNN?" As I listened to crickets, I then gave her a few scientific facts that would disprove anthropogenic climate change to a rational person, but she proved that like all indoctrinated, low-information, left-wing radical, fringe nutjobs, she is guided by ideology and not logic, reason, reflection or even reality, for that matter. [Ed.: The consensus of scientists in the field is that climate change is primarily caused by human activity.] The left cannot deal with truth or facts; they live on lies, deception, deflection, duplicity, and the only thing they are in touch with is their insanity.

It has been complained to me that Brandee's team have been observed stuffing her campaign debris in mailboxes, which is a federal offense. You would think someone working in the law library would at least know that, but then again, the only rules leftists follow are the Rules for Radicals.

This woman could be a bit left of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and about as bright. Brandee had on her Facebook page a picture of her and one of the "Squad" (Rep. Rashida Tlaib) recently, which shows who her heroes are.

The funny thing is that whoever is coaching her in Alinsky tactics is doing a poor job, because she really isn't very good at them. Brandee actually answered a question the Republican party put out about the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance that is coming up on the November ballot, and not only did she prove that she does not back inherent, natural, inalienable rights, but she showed her ignorance by calling it unconstitutional. Brandee, please don't use words you don't comprehend.

Brandee Dudzic is all wrong for Columbia County and on the wrong side of history. If you want a commissioner who stands up for you the people instead of pushing a leftist agenda, please, don't vote for Brandeeeeeeee.

Chris Brumbles, Deer Island


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