Letters to the Editor
Vote Anderson for Aurora Fire District Director
I met the Aurora Fire District Board members June 2018 when a fire district issue popped up in our residential area. About 40 to 50 of my neighbors and I showed up at the June board meeting to ask for help. The board directors and Board President Marc Anderson listened to our concerns. We watched the Aurora Fire District Board in action that night. All of us were relieved when the board reviewed the details and took swift action to solve the issue for our area.
Since then, I have attended all board meetings to show support for the Aurora Fire District. I have gotten to know the board directors. Marc Anderson, current president, cares deeply about AFD and his community. He has nothing to gain from being on the board — he serves to support his community. Marc is a knowledgeable, dedicated and kindhearted person with the Aurora Fire District's best interests in mind.
His community cares about him too, especially the Aurora-Donald firefighters. They have been passing out flyers and placing lawn signs showing their support for Marc.
I agree with the firefighters; Marc Anderson has my vote.
We want to see Marc remain on the board. I hope you do too.
Please vote Marc Anderson for Aurora Fire District Director Position 4.
Senate Bill 1008 would help with rehabilitation for youth offenders
I have been an Oregon Youth Authority volunteer for several years now and have seen how youth can change over time when they have support of people who believe in them. I have also seen youth transferred into the adult system where they lose contact with the volunteers and services they have built relationships with through OYA and I can only imagine what that might do to all the progress they have made.
Passing SB 1008 will change that and allow for a more individual response to youth in the juvenile justice system by giving youth a "second look" halfway through their sentences and allow for a judge to pursue keeping them in the youth system where they are likely to be more successfully rehabilitated. Finally, SB 1008 would eliminate life without parole sentences for youth in Oregon by establishing a process to ensure that anyone convicted of a crime when they are under 18-years old receives a chance for parole after 15 years of incarceration. SB 1008 will take the whole person into account rather than pushing youth through a system which is setting them up for failure. Incarcerated youth are in a place where they have the optimum opportunity for rehabilitation and healing to become productive adults. I am with the majority of Oregonians in supporting youth justice reform and request that lawmakers make passing SB 1008 a top priority.
Support Aurora Fire District levy, Fred Hartley for fire board
The May election is an important turning point for the Aurora Fire District. I urge voters to support the five-year local option Levy 24-438. Another very important choice is for Aurora Fire Board Directors. Volunteer Board Members make policy for the Fire District, approve annual budgets, hire the Chief and generally keep the life-safety services ready to meet District needs.
It should not be a popularity contest of who is best liked by the volunteer firefighters, but rather a serious role to represent the interests of district taxpayers and provide cost-effective life safety services. Fred Hartley, former Donald City Council member, planning commissioner and budget committee member, brings superb financial and policy management skills to the Aurora Fire Board, position number 4. I urge Aurora Fire District voters to vote yes on the Fire Operating Levy, and for Fred Hartley for a positive change on the District Fire Board.
Greg Leo, ARFD director, position 5