March 27 letters to the editor
State should go to a popular vote
To the editor:
Oregon's Legislature should join the list of states to pass the National Popular Vote bill. This bill would give Oregon's electoral votes for president to the candidate with the most total votes nationwide.
At present Oregon gives all of its electoral votes to the winner within our state. As of today in 2019 the bill has passed in states with a total of 186 electoral votes. New Mexico and Colorado have passed it this year and it is being considered in many other state legislatures this year. Once enough states (270 electoral votes) pass the bill it will take effect nationwide.
This would give minority party voters back their votes in the presidential election. Republicans in California (and Oregon) would have their votes count - as would Democrats in Texas and Alabama.
H.R. Berg, Newberg
Commissioner recaps county meeting
To the editor:
On March 15, the theme was water! When we went around the room, answering the question, "What climate issue is most urgent to you and what solution would you propose?" the answer 15 times out of 18 was "water."
Our gathering of people proposed various solutions to the particular piece of water concern, but across the board, water was the unifying issue. Concerns about water quality (temperature, turbidity, pesticides/herbicides) and water quantity (too little in summer, too much in winter, slowing it, storing it, in rivers vs. in groundwater) rose to the top of the list.
And I would commend you all for staying focused on solutions that everyone can work toward. Before I begin to draft an action plan, I will summarize the specific solutions proposed.
Our speaker, Holly Prendeville, from the USDA Northwest Climate Hub, reminded us that we are still in drought across most of the state despite the recent snows. She also described the work that the Climate Hub does of "providing regionally-specific, scientifically-validated solutions for farmers, ranchers and foresters" regarding climate change. She provided us with resources for learning more. Here is her website: www.climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/hubs/northwest.
Thank you all and I look forward our final meeting of this series: from 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 4 at the city of Willamina's council chambers at City Hall. Guest speaker is Wendy Veliz from PGE, who will talk about what PGE is doing to take action on climate change and get out in front of regulatory mandates, and also how to develop a climate action plan.
Casey Kulla, county commissioner
Intersection of two highways must be reconfigured
To the editor:
I am asking for help on a project of saving a life or two (at least). What do I speak of?
Well not being an engineer, I am told by an ODOT engineer that the request and push needs to come from the county or someone in power. So I have written and explained this to several county commissioners, sheriff, the county public works director as well as Dayton and Dundee's fire chiefs.
But they need letters or calls or something to push this along. Commissioner Kulla has gotten behind it and thinks it might work.
So enough already, what is this wonderful plan? It is a change to the Highways 99W/18 intersection known as McDougall's Corner.
It is where almost every other (at least) week a major accident occurs. I believe we can help slow this problem down very cheaply.
First off Stoller Lane, which is about a block long to the north side needs to be changed to right in, right out only.
To back this up we need to extend the curb in front of that road so no one can drive straight across. They are now going all the way across to Highway 18 or turning toward Dundee/Newberg, effectively crossing three lanes.
The people that turn onto northbound Stoller Lane can access it way back toward Lafayette, since they are coming form that direction. There are two roads to do this on already in existence. We do not need that turn lane there.
Then anyone that needs to get from the old McDougall Road that Stoller Lane leads from can continue east and come on Highway 99W toward the scales.
Then they would be set up to go out to the turn lane to go onto Highway 18. It would be a much safer route, especially if that angled access road were straightened since we own the land already.
So, if you agree please make contact the county commissioners and urge them to get behind this before someone else gets hurt there.
Roger Currier, Newberg