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News-Times readers write in support of candidates in the May special election.

Supporting Kristi Wilson for PCC Board Zone 7

I met Kristi while I was campaigning to become a Hillsboro city councilor. She was advising the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) and coaching high school youth on community engagement.

When I watched her work with the YAC in different settings, it was evident to me that Kristi cares about "her kids" and wants them to succeed. This was especially poignant to me because, as the parent of a teenager, I know it's not always easy to motivate and inspire that age group. The YAC members looked up to Kristi and often took her advice to successful ends.

As I've gotten to know Kristi, I've learned that she's worked in local government for 20 years and has built workforce programs. Due to that experience, Kristi is perfectly positioned to represent the residents of Portland Community College Board Zone 7 to have access to the educational training they need to get into good paying jobs.

Even more compelling, Kristi has walked this path herself. Working directly out of high school she realized she wanted to further her education and attended PCC at night. Working full-time, helping family members (who lived with her) and going to school at night is the reality to many current PCC students.

Because she has walked this path herself, it is in Kristi's DNA to help create better futures for youth. She is a talented and passionate workforce professional with the skills and direct experience making her an excellent asset to the PCC Board. I believe she is the most qualified candidate in the race for the job, and I look forward to voting for Kristi for PCC Zone 7 on May 18.

Beach Pace

City Councilor, Hillsboro

Saving the monarch butterfly, one yard at a time

Pollinators are having a tough time these days, but among the worst hit are the monarch butterflies. Their population has plummeted 90% over the years. These orange-and-black beauties used to be a common sight, but now you barely see them.

Some populations of monarchs fly 3,000 miles from Canada to a small mountaintop in Mexico. They fly up to 100 miles a day, taking three generations to complete the journey. Those on the west side of the Rockies migrate to southern California to overwinter.

Due to habitat loss by humans, their only food source, milkweed, is all but gone, so fewer and fewer can make the journey.

This Earth Day, here's something you can do to help — plant milkweed in your yard or pots. This is a great project for families. You can obtain free seeds and lots of information from saveourmonarchs.org, and schools can join their Save Our Monarchs School Garden Program. Vineyard owners and farmers, please join in, too.

We don't want a world without butterflies!

Alanna Pass, Newberg

Spross is the person we need on Hillsboro School Board

I am writing today in support of Jaci Spross for Hillsboro School Board Position 6. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Jaci over the past few years, and I am grateful for her leadership and her ability to connect with community members — even those, like me, who do not have children.

Jaci is always willing to listen and answer questions. She is thoughtful in her work and puts the needs of students first and understands that the decisions of the board impact the families, Hillsboro School District staff and the community at large.

At a time like this, I am grateful for the consistent and thoughtful leadership that Jaci provides to our community. She also connects with other civic leaders in the community, from Hillsboro City Council to Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and community groups. Seeing our leaders interact and communicate regularly with one another is important in the overall health of our community, and I am grateful that Jaci embraces this quality.

I strongly encourage my fellow active community members to vote for Jaci Spross for Hillsboro School Board Position 6 in May.

Elizabeth Case, Hillsboro

'Democrat' epithet is juvenile, counterproductive

There are a lot of Republicans who persist in referring to the "Democrat Party" while discussing the importance of working with "the other side of the aisle" to get something done for the good of Oregon.

The Democratic Party has been using that name since 1828, and calling it anything else is an epithet, an insult and in my opinion, childish.

Insulting the people on the other side of the aisle is a waste of time and effort. Time to grow up and get back to work.

LaVerne Landauer, Beaverton


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