LO library shouldn't have closed
I'm highly disappointed that the Lake Oswego Lake Oswego Public Library has made a decision to close. Given the needs of the school children and their families who are at home it seems to be completely unjustified. While the building itself needs to close I can no reason the library cannot be operated on "to-go" basis where books and other items are ordered online and picked up.
Given that recreational cannabis dispensaries are open as "essential services" what does it say about us when getting stoned is "essential" while education is "dispensable"?
Vote Schoenfeld for sheriff
Voters in Clackamas County will soon have a chance to select a new county sheriff, as Sheriff Roberts didn't file for reelection. Four candidates are on the May primary ballot and one of those, Lynn Schoenfeld, has set himself apart by publicly stating that he will continue to support volunteer Search & Rescue teams as has been the practice for over 40 years.
The two current employees of the county sheriff's office who are running have gone on record for carrying through with a change similar to which Sheriff Roberts announced in February. This would be the creation of a brand new in-house team, requiring the purchase of trucks, trailers, satellite dishes, wheeled litters, medical equipment etc. The County faces a $8 million dollar shortfall and is struggling to find financing for a new courthouse, yet the sheriff announced this sudden change at an initial cost of $1.5 million and ongoing annual costs approaching $1 million.
With COVID-19, volunteer teams have continued to respond to lost hikers, injured climbers and elderly dementia patients; certainly now is not a good time to reinvent an expensive wheel.
Please consider voting for Lynn Schoenfeld, May 19th, let's not fix that which is not broken!
Clackamas County sheriff — a choice
Brief introduction. My name is Dave Howard. I have honorably retired from 30 years law enforcement. My enforcement background includes a bachelor's degree in law enforcement at PSU 1977. Private retail security with Nordstrom Co. Worked with a brief stint with Portland PD as a reserve. Twenty-plus years with Oregon City Police Department and 7 years with Clackamas County Sheriff Department. I've been assigned to the patrol division, detectives division, worked with the Clackamas County homicide team and state police through OCPD. Supervised as a corporal, sergeant and a temp assignment to lieutenant at OCPD. I retired at CCSO as a detective. To say the least I've seen the good, bad and ugly of police work, the agencies and their management.
I am endorsing Lynn Schoenfeld as the next sheriff to Clackamas County Sheriff Department. Disclosure: I am married to his sister. We are NOT fishing buddies or anything of the sort. I know Lynn Schoenfeld to be honest to a fault. I know him to have a strong ethical and moral code. He is pro enforcement, pro equality and against the "Good ole boy" system in law enforcement.
His record speaks for itself. I know the county has some of the best law enforcement people in the state bar none. I also know the management has gone adrift in recent years. If you are concerned with cleaning the quid pro quo, good ole boy system and having honest, ethical and efficient management from a candidate with a master's degree, operating two businesses successfully and nearly 30 years of law enforcement? Then Lynn Schoenfeld is your answer.
There is an old saying: People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. I'll not disparage anyone opposing Lynn Schoenfeld. I'll not toss out the stories that could inflame. Those of you in CCSO know what I'm talking about. Lynn Schoenfeld is the stable, steady and intelligent choice for sheriff.
Argument against term limits
I find it interesting that we will be voting on whether or not Wilsonville should implement term limits on the mayor and council positions since we already have more than one way to accomplish this.
We vote on whether or not to replace the current individual or to retain them every time we vote. We also have the recall process if a majority disagrees with actions taken by the incumbent.
Some say we need new blood periodically, and I don't think that's necessarily a bad idea. But before I will vote for someone new, I will need to know what they propose to be doing differently than the person currently holding the position. They can demonstrate that through actions that reflect what they stand for, not what they are against, and how they have obtained the necessary experience to represent me.
I will look at whether they have made the personal sacrifices to learn about the community, the issues that Wilsonville has made in the past, and the issues Wilsonville will face in the future. I will need to know how they have influenced others in their previous work or volunteer positions.
I will not vote for a single-issue candidate, and I hope you would not either. The candidate will have to earn my vote, not have it given to them because the competition was eliminated.
Let's just vote for the best candidate and the issue of term limits will take care of itself.
Vote for the best sheriff candidate
The Clackamas County voters have a decision to make May 19 about the next county sheriff. I offer the following for consideration:
The sheriff's duties and responsibilities range beyond law enforcement. The sheriff also must be a budget and personnel manager. In the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), since 2005, the budget has grown from $48 million to around $117 million. While this has occurred, the on-the-ground deputy force has gone from 80 deputies to 63. The budget has grown by more than 240%, while deputies on the ground have declined 25%. That means for every on-the-ground deputy lost, the budget has increased over 10%.
Where is that money going? Who is responsible for the decisions affecting that growth and decline? I am pretty sure it is not the deputies on the ground. That leaves upper management (sheriff, undersheriff, captains and lieutenants) responsible for those decisions.
Retired CCSO Sgt. Lynn Schoenfeld has not only served the county as an online deputy and sergeant, but successfully managed a private business, demonstrating his understanding of not only law enforcement, but budgetary planning and personnel management. Isn't it time to start running the sheriff's office $117 million budget like a business?
Sgt. Lynn Schoenfeld has my vote, how about you?
Elect Stevens in District 26
It is a distinct pleasure to recommend Peggy Stevens, Republican for House District 26, which encompasses Wilsonville, Sherwood, King City and part of Hillsboro.
Stevens raised her family in Sherwood and volunteered in her community for over 30 years. She served on the Sherwood School Board for 12 years.
Stevens finds it amazing that Portland public schools receive more money per student from the state than Sherwood or Wilsonville or Hillsboro schools, and the Portland schools are failing miserably. She is in favor of creative ideas for learning instead of more taxes.
State government has more money than ever, but it is still passing billions in new taxes every session with no noticeable improvement or benefits.
Peggy Stevens knows there is an imbalance of power at the state level. She finds that unacceptable and is willing to give her time, energy and experience to helping Oregon make better decisions for all of us.
Will you join me in voting for Peggy Stevens on the May 19 primary ballot?
Don't solve nonexistent problem with vote
Please vote no on Measure 3-556. We do not need term limits for the Wilsonville City Council.
Measure 3-556 supporters stress the need to bring fresh ideas to the council but fail to articulate valid reasons. Rather, they are offering a solution looking for a problem. We already have the ability to vote an incumbent out of office (as well as recall them) for any reason, including if they lack new ideas.
Our current elected officials know how to create and foster a highly competent city government, one that ensures that City staff is managing our taxpayer dollars in an exceptionally effective manner. (As a three-year member of the Wilsonville Budget Committee, I have witnessed this fact firsthand and repeatedly.)
In addition, during this time of a failing economy and global pandemic, we can ill afford the risk of switching proven leadership with inexperience, especially when you consider Mayor Tim Knapp and Councilor Charlotte Lehan's established ability to leverage state and national resources for the benefit of all Wilsonville residents.
I, for one, am not willing to take that risk.
Please vote no on Measure 3-556.
Paul E. Bunn
Take it from experience: Term limits aren't good
My husband and I moved to Oregon Jan. 13. We are so impressed with Wilsonville. I volunteered at the library right away and am amazed at the communication between the city and its volunteers and citizens, the emphasis on green space and how well the city is maintained.
Then I read about the effort to impose term limits on the council and it made me shudder. Why? Because we moved from California where we have term limits on legislators. It's a mess.
We have lost institutional knowledge. Politics is an honorable profession or was when the meaning hadn't been distorted. It's the art of the possible — the ability to compromise and get things done. Term limits have a negative effect when no one is in office long enough to forge relationships or develop deep knowledge of issues.
Term limits lead to endless jockeying for position: Who is leaving? What can I run for next? That takes much time away from governing.
Can you imagine getting on an airplane and always having new pilots since everyone should get a chance? Being a politician is important in its own right. The way to start over is to use our power at the ballot box.
We should worry about making sure our citizenry values the right to vote to effect change instead of worrying about how long council members have served. Term limits is a way of wiggling out of our duty. At least that's the opinion of a California transplant who has seen the effects firsthand.
Term limits only limit choice
As a resident of Wilsonville for more than a decade with an active interest in the civic and cultural affairs of my community (Wilsonville Public Library Foundation Board, and other organizations) I write in opposition to the proposed term limits measure for elected City Council members.
Election of our City Council members is the fundamental level of our democracy. Grass-roots democracy only truly exists when a voter may vote for his or her choice for office based on his or her evaluation of experience and competence, uninhibited by arbitrary rules having nothing to do with qualifications for offices of public trust.
Term limits are precisely the kind of arbitrary rule limiting the voter's choice at the governmental level most closely affecting a voter's daily life. When we voluntarily diminish our right to choose at this most intimate level of democracy, we are, intentionally or not, relinquishing part of our fundamental democratic freedom.
In short, term limits limit votes.
Robert L. Wiesenthal
Limit the tenure of elected officials
I strongly urge readers to vote yes on the upcoming term limits measure for the City of Wilsonville. As a former elected official, I can assure you that limiting the time that people have power over us is a good idea.
This measure will be on the May ballot because a small group of dedicated volunteers worked hard to give us this chance to enact term limits. The effort also included paying a few Wilsonville residents (mostly young people getting their first work experience) to collect signatures. There were no professional signature gatherers involved.
Sherwood, Tualatin and Lake Oswego already have term limits. All of them are successful, livable communities.
I urge you to vote yes and to tell your friends to vote yes.
When we decided to move to Wilsonville in 1992, we were motivated by what we observed (universally attractive neighborhoods, parks and businesses.) Residents we talked with praised the schools, churches, police and local government. It seemed almost too good to be true.
Twenty-eight years later, we have enjoyed the very best neighbors, a close circle of special friends, a church relationship that is priceless, and the finest library imaginable. Family and visitors from a dozen other states envy us.
We have been good citizens, attending local, county and metro meetings, serving on boards, and extending support to our leadership. We are the envy of family and friends who live in neighboring towns and counties.
The thought of disallowing some of the bright, honest, dedicated and effective city officials to run on the merits of their service and commitment, appalls us. Please consider very carefully making this ill-advised restriction.
Jack and Sue Stowell
Why I am voting yes on term limits
Wilsonville's City Council does not currently have term limits. This has allowed for an imbalance of voices and qualified citizens to serve our city in government.
Voting yes on term limits will bring new perspectives, voices, ideas and opportunities for Wilsonville to thrive. When the scales weigh heavily to one side, it creates an imbalance, losing equity and growth for all citizens of Wilsonville.
The Constitution of the United States was founded on the principle that power is not to be solely in the hands of one individual or organization. Wilsonville has leaned heavily into certain agendas and perspectives for a very long time. I believe it is time to balance the scales.
I am voting yes on term limits to:
— Create a more balanced system in our city government.
— Reduce the constant influence and progress of powerful agendas.
— Create an even playing field for new candidates.
— Encourage new ideas for Wilsonville.
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