The Times hears from readers on the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue measure and Community Heroes.

TVF&R firefighter asks voters to support bond measure

For those living within Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's response area, the upcoming Nov. 2 election includes Measure 34-308: authorizing general obligation bonds for emergency service investments.

I am a member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1660. Our ability to respond effectively to emergency calls is affected by all of the things this bond will finance.

Replacement of emergency response vehicles reaching the end of their usable life. Improvements to fire stations. Upgrades to the training center. These are things we need to do our job well.

As firefighters and paramedics, we prioritize providing excellent customer service to the communities we serve.

This bond will not increase the current tax rate; it will replace the existing bonds that are declining, keeping the current tax rate stable. Well worth it for exceptional service in emergency response.

Voters considering this bill: I trust you to see the value in continuing your current tax rate in exchange for effective emergency response within your community.

Samantha Lundeby, Lake Oswego

Someone not mentioned among 2021 Pamplin Community Heroes

I have another hero to celebrate. She is Linda Dove, director of Bethlehem House of Bread in Tigard.

The food pantry in Bethlehem House is one of the largest in the metro area.

Linda directs a large ministry, including the food pantry, community garden, free store and free book store. She has directed this growing program for nearly 10 years.

Linda is a true hero.

The Rev. Wesley Taylor, Tigard

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