Letters to the Editor
Fording deserves re-election
In two weeks, our local elections will be decided and life will go on. For many, the results will not seem to make a difference in their daily priorities and activities. The selection of our candidate for the county commissioner's seat, however, will affect the progress of our county and its inhabitants.
As in most elections, we hear a lot of rhetoric regarding proposals as well as a critique on the respective opponent. But they are just words. Words that are well crafted and may have substance and potential. But words that often take an incredible amount of work and savvy to bring to fruition.
I support our incumbent Wayne Fording for re-election because his actions speak louder than words. He has proven he can do the job. His multiple years of experience, and his favorable, working relationships with state officials, as well as his support of our schools, our health department and their programs, and all our county service departments and agricultural community make him a real asset to our board of commissioners.
He is held in high regard by the personnel of all projects that he oversees.
Many have commented on the political leanings of our commissioners and our need for diversification. The decisions and dealings of the board are generally of a non-partisan nature. Wayne's relationship with the other commissioners has been favorable, yet he maintains an independent, moderate mindset and lack of transparency has not been an issue with him.
Wayne is a valuable asset to our county. He deserves to retain his position on our county board of commissioners.
Seems like misinformation to me
I keep getting information from a County Commissioner candidate that shows that she is gravely misinformed about the scope of the commissioner's job. There are more, but here are three main points of misinformation:
The county commissioners have very little if anything to say about how our schools are run. The school board might be a better position to seek.
There is NO county plan for any destination resort.
Everyone had the same and equal chance to have their information in the state voter's pamphlet.
Fording has experience we need
I would like to endorse Wayne Fording for Jefferson County Commissioner. I have worked with Wayne on several committees and commissions through the years and know him to be a patient, good listener and respectful of participants. He does not bring to the table issues or his own agenda. He is part of many discussions and decisions and understands that the wheels of government, state and local, takes time to enact policy. He is experienced in working with many people and personalities, and is a valued part of our county's government.
I encourage you to re-elect Wayne Fording as our commissioner.
Thatcher for Secretary of State
I write this letter in support of Kim Thatcher for Secretary of State. Although I am a registered Libertarian, I am crossing party lines and will vote for Kim Thatcher enthusiastically.
Throughout her political career, I have seen Kim Thatcher cross party lines to listen to different ideas, work with the people who hold them, and frequently accommodate their priorities (even when she does not share them) in the interests of good civics. These qualities are hallmarks of a great Secretary of State, and are especially important now because of the divisive nature of today's politics.
As the late Dennis Richardson proved, a Republican can serve constructively in a Democratic state like Oregon for the good of us all. Party labels notwithstanding, Kim Thatcher's brand of non-partisan governance is what will bring Oregonians closer together, making it possible to resume building on the best of what we are. For these reasons, I urge everyone across all party lines to vote Kim Thatcher for Secretary of State.
Richard P. Burke
Former Commissioner and Chair,
Oregon Government Ethics Commission
Would rather read Barrett
Publisher Ahern's piece in the Oct. 7 Pioneer – "Traped (sic) in whirlwind of chaotic weirdness" – offered no thoughtful insight into what deserves to be a principled, solemn process of seating a Supreme Court justice.
The issue is not timing of an appointment, court "packing," presumptive "insight" how a justice might interpret uncertainty in law, or any supposed "balance" between "liberal" or "conservative" "factions" in the court.
What I suggest is The Pioneer dedicate the space Mr. Ahern normally allots for himself, to print the full opening statement of Judge Barrett. The clarity, wisdom and insight of this extraordinarily accomplished 48-year-old woman is what I call a "tugger": It will pull you in … then set you free.
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