Letters to the Editor: April 8, 2021
Time for county to step up on environmental issues
Washington County Citizens Action Network is very disappointed that two critical issues, addressing climate change and protecting the dwindling Significant Natural Resources (SNRs) did not show up on any Washington County commissioner's priority list for the upcoming year.
The state website notes that "Climate change poses one of the most significant threats to Oregon's economy, environment, and way of life," but unfortunately, we don't see this issue reflected as a priority in Washington County.
Regarding SNRs, in the county's Significant Natural Resource Assessment Staff Report (May 2020), the board direction (pages 51-52) clearly states there is more work to do and the board supports this work. Yet there wasn't a single line item mentioned in their town hall presentation.
Last fall, much community testimony about Ordinance 869 also included requests for developing an effective county-level climate strategy to address both overall climate issues and SNRs. Expert testimony stressed that protection of SNR areas is an integral part of climate strategy solutions.
Regarding the "State of the County" address this month, we call upon our commissioners to reconsider expanding your priorities and publicizing to residents the fact that addressing climate change is a high priority for Washington County, including protection of remaining Significant Natural Resources areas.
WC CAN will fully support this effort in every way possible.
Dale Feik, Chair
Mary Lu Savara
Board of Directors, Washington County Citizens Action Network (WC CAN)
A reader's thoughts on newspaper's balance
Hey congratulations! I see your political cartoons are becoming more balanced.
Now if you can get your news reporting more balanced, I might reconsider renewing my subscription.
Monte Akers, Hillsboro
Enthusiastic about PCC Board candidate Wilson
As a lifelong Washington County resident and someone deeply passionate about public service, I couldn't be more excited to see Kristi Wilson running for the Portland Community College Board for Zone 7. I have known her for almost nine years. In that time, I have seen her tirelessly advocate for our community, particularly youth between the ages of 14 and 23, one of the key demographics of students who attend PCC.
To say she changed my life is an understatement and she is one of the reasons I chose to dedicate my career to local government. Kristi truly listens to young people, valuing their words and perspectives. At the City of Hillsboro, she created an innovative youth development program from scratch prioritizing students' interests and strengths to give them a meaningful career experience. During our time working together, she was an invaluable mentor, who instinctively understood the best way to be a mentor is by creating a partnership.
Kristi's entire career has modeled listening to low-income, BIPOC and LGBT youth, bringing her own unique vision to the table, and delivering on her promises to serve these communities. As a PCC Board member, she will continue to help residents access education and training needed to get good paying jobs.
One strength Kristi is her gift for relationship-building. Kristi has connections with local government jurisdictions, private sector employers, nonprofit and service providers, and career development opportunities across Washington County. PCC does not exist in a vacuum. These connections are vital to ensure they provide students with the best experience possible.
Kristi Wilson is a talented, passionate workforce professional with the skills and experience needed for PCC board. Please join me in voting for Kristi Wilson — PCC Board, Zone 7, on May 18.
Emily Roots, Aloha
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