Reader Letters: on recalling board members, successful charity event, mayor's speech
Recall effort not a worthy use of time
To the editor:
I and two other members of the Molalla River School District Board were the victims of a recall in 1994. That was right after the independent school districts had unified and there was quite a lot of dissension within the district because as humans we don't like change.
Some of the local community wanted to get rid of the Superintendent John Rogers. They couldn't fire him, so they designed to put in a board who would. When we gave him a substantial raise to compensate for his increased workload and responsibilities, a recall petition was filed alleging fiscal irresponsibility.
The recall was successful, we were replaced, and after a few months John determined he could not work with an uncooperative board and he resigned.
The new board then hired a new superintendent and gave her a starting salary higher than John's salary at departure.
We were both right in our actions – the position justified the salary.
So here we are some 26 years later and another disgruntled patron thinks he can make the district better by a recall petition, again alleging fiscal irresponsibility.
The recall should only be used to remove someone for serious breaches of conduct or for malfeasance in their duties.
It should not be used just because you don't like how they voted on a particular item or because you or someone else wants their position.
If you want to change the board, do it the right way – at the next election.
Thanks offered for successful charity event
To the editor:
The Knights of Columbus, through Canby KC Charities, recently held its 23rd Annual Charity Auction and Crab Dinner at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.
The fundraiser was a huge success due to the hard work of many Knights and their families.
A big thank you to the many generous businesses and individuals who contributed items for the silent and oral auctions.
The generosity of the 380 attendees was inspiring.
In a matter of minutes the community raised $24,900 for an 11-month-old baby in need of a heart transplant.
Other local charities that will benefit from the evening's fundraising include The Canby St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank, Oregon Special Olympics, the Canby Center and the Canby Pregnancy Care Center.
Canby KC Charities would like to express gratitude to all those who attended the event and all those who worked tirelessly to make it such a success.
A special thank you to Ken and Lori Arrigotti from The Backstop Bar and Grill, Frank Cutsforth from Cutsforth's Thriftway and Jessica Romaine from Country Grains for all of their support through the years.
Thank you to the Canby community for helping us help those in need
Mayor's speech not inspiring
To the editor:
I have to say another rhetorical speech from the mayor was not as inspiring as he hoped, I am sure. I am amazed at how the mayor says all the right words, yet on paper his words look completely different.
Here's an example - the $5 street tax that now they want to take to build these ridiculous quiet zones in Canby (that function completely on a railroad line). Also, a ridiculous bike path to Molalla.
Here's a novel Idea, fix our streets. If the horns (required by law) offend you then perhaps you moved to the wrong area. But wait, there's more. The $1.3 million-plus price tag to beautify said intersections - I am truly amazed that the mayor considers this stealing from one pot to pay for another.
The light to go in at Fred Meyer — for a business (Columbia Distributing) completely dismisses the wants and needs of the residents trying to access the Fred Meyer area, who will now have very long waits to just get out to 99E to get home. Ridiculous.
I have watched our elected manipulate our taxes in such a way that they just add new without the consent of the people who are required to pay for projects we did not vote for.
The needs of the few have become priority over the needs of the many.
Canby residents, It's time that we tell our elected officials that if our taxes for one thing are to be designated or volunteered or stolen for other projects, it needs to go to a vote of taxpayer. Growth? To whose benefit?
If our city officials keep on this path then I am thinking it is time for new officials that put the citizens of Canby first.
I am also amazed more residents of Canby have not posted more of their voices in the Herald.
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