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The public and the media should get off the back of the Metolius mayor; and the GOP excited about its Burgers and Politics event at Crooked River Ranch

Metolius mayor deserves a break

The smaller headline on your front page story (Aug. 7) and main tenet of your commentary in the July 31 paper implied that the decision was "unanimous" on the part of the Metolius City Council in regard to Mayor John Chavez. That was not the case!

As well intended as it might seem, the Madras Pioneer's article and commentary, being written from a position of moral or civic uprightness, was lacking!

The tone of the Metolius city attorney as he read his "Manifesto" Monday, Aug. 5, on behalf of City Council members, save one, seemed similar to the Pioneer. I didn't agree with either. I don't speak for other veterans, but I consider the Metolius City Council's position morally weak! I disdained the city attorney's oratory at the last City Council meeting.

The only admirable quality of leadership as I understand leadership was the dissenting vote of Denise Keeton, on the Metolius City Council.

If you point a finger, you have three fingers pointing back at you ... just saying.

Shawn Stanfill

Metolius

Editor's Note: The subhead on the story did incorrectly note the Metolius City Council's vote to admonish Mayor Chavez and ask for his resignation. It was a 4-1 vote. We apologize for the error.

Thanks to many for Burgers and Politics

I would like to thank Jefferson County Republican Party for a good old fashion rally at Crooked River Ranch Mac Park, Saturday Aug. 10 — our Burgers and Politics event.

There was exciting news from the RNC's guest speaker Solomon Yue regarding Hong Kong's liberation, President Donald Trump's involvement in Oregon's political campaign in 2020 and positive trends and momentum of Oregon governor's recall petition.

There was additional exciting news from master of ceremonies Daniel Bonham, Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing our 59th District. Special bonus was Q & A with State Sen. Dennis Linthicum, who traveled all the way from Klamath Falls. Special thanks to two of our county commissioners, Kelly Simmelink and Mae Huston, who are always very supportive of the Jefferson County Republican Party!

I would like to thank the Executive Committee of JCRP, Jim Rahi (chair) Maurice Langsev (past chair) Steven Lindbergh (secretary) and Jan McCasland (treasurer). Special thanks to Kate Adams and Mike Folkestad who originally initiated this Patriotic event to "Never Forget 9/11" and our deep gratitude and respect for our nation's first responders, police, and military personnel who honor and have honored our great country with their brave and patriotic service.

Special thanks to Cha Cha Farms (Mark Chavez), Black Bear Restaurant (Joe Lewis), beautiful decorations by Phyllis Langsev and Erin Brown. Thank you to the Hartley's for music and the JC Chamber of Commerce for providing sound. Thank you to Sue Rahi and her detailed coordination of the wonderful lunch. Thank you to Ryan Churchill and Chris Brumley of Initiative Brewing Redmond. Sincere thanks to Shirley Boettcher, Pat Abernathy, Daniel Thomlinson, Wayne McCasland, Kristen Case and Fran Hull.

Rick Brown

Vice Chair JCRP

Madras


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