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The state of Oregon's new ballot system ideally set up for widespread corruption

To the editor:

Now that postage stamps are on voter ballots it looks like the county doesn't have to store the homeless votes in boxes to be used just in case there's a close election. Conspiracy?

It happened in Washington with the Dino Rossi election for governor years ago. The race was close, the Republican won, the recount showed the Republican won again, by law Dimo Rossi won the election. But the Democrats found boxes of uncounted ballots in various county buildings.

Even though they had to break the law to count them the Democrats added them and, voila, the Democrat won and the corrupt state supreme court claimed "we have a winner."

Now the Oregon counties don't have to store those boxes in their buildings and can now disperse them to various post offices and the perfect crime is complete. No one curious enough to expose this caper can nail anyone.

I think a curious investigative reporter could match the number of returned ballots vs. eligible voters in each postal area and still bust the vote fraud.

Brian Dirks, Dundee

Population creep is making our roads less safe

To the editor:

My husband and I are native Oregonians, both born in Portland and graduates of Grant High School. The Portland we grew up in is gone; the only time I go near the city anymore is to drive past on my way to the Seattle area to visit my daughter's family. You know all the reasons why, I won't go in to detail here.

I'm writing about a concern close to home. We live on Chehalem Mountain. All of the roads up here are two lanes with no shoulder and definitely no bike lanes. We have lived up here 13 years and have seen the increase in traffic and in bicyclists.

Cars are travelling much too fast for the curves and hairpin turns on these hilly roads. This is evidenced by the increase in accidents we see. The increase is influenced, I think, by the increase in wineries (wine tasting?), the legalization of marijuana (How much is too much?) and the increase of traffic on Highway 99W.

Bicyclists are another huge concern. Today I witnessed six or seven cars very slowly driving up the incline of Bell Road behind a single cyclist riding right down the middle of the lane. The cyclist did not try to get to the far right, nor did he stop to let the cars go by. Stop, are you kidding? Cars could not pass due to the incline and the curves ahead. This happens every day, during all daylight hours, on all of the roads up here.

Another problem is the sharp turn where Springbrook Road meets Bell Road into a hairpin turn up the hill. There is a (small) sign informing semi truck drivers to not travel up the hill, but it is ignored. There is a semi turned over into the ditch about once a week, thus blocking both Bell and Springbrook roads.

I don't have actual statistics, this is just what I have witnessed as a resident of Chehalem Mountain. So far no one has been killed, but it's just a matter of time.

As Portland becomes more and more unaffordable, the increase in population creeps outward, now well into Yamhill County. With that increase in population comes all the problems of Portland, perhaps slowly, but they are coming.

Jan Routt, Newberg


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