Letters to the Editor
Wilsonville should form its own district
Now that the West Linn-Wilsonville School Bond Measure 3-554 passed, I have a question: Why are Wilsonville schools still part of the West Linn School District?
They have been a parasitic draw on West Linn taxpayers for years. When Wilsonville was sparsely populated farmland, Wilsonville students went to West Linn schools because that was their best option.
As land developers have devoured the farmland, housing units and commercial buildings have emerged, and the City of Wilsonville has become a thriving city with a thriving economy.
The population has grown from 1,000 in 1968 when the city was incorporated, to over 25,000 in 2019, and it continues to grow. Three new housing developments are planned, with an expected increase in student population of about 2,000.
On the other hand, West Linn is at or near build-out, which has stabilized the student population here.
The need for more classroom space is in Wilsonville, not West Linn, but the school board's solution is to build one new school in Wilsonville, evict the kids from Athey Creek Middle School, and build another school on Dollar Street in West Linn, which most residents think is a hideous idea.
With such an unequal pairing of students needs, isn't it time for Wilsonville schools to establish their own district, and ease the burden on West Linn students and taxpayers?
Garcia to run for District 37
On this Veterans Day, 2019 we are called to remember and honor the sacrifice and service of all of the men and women who have given and dedicated their lives to our country's protection.
With great humility, we thank them.There are some, like myself, who have not committed to military service, yet have thrived in life as a result of the protections we have been granted by those who serve.
I cannot express my immense gratitude or share my deepest respect enough, along with my heart-felt sympathy for the loss of life it has cost. Their commitment to our country has ensured its legacy of freedom and allowed its stewardship of democracy to rule for over 200 years.
So with this reflection for me, it is fitting that today, on 11/11/2019 I proudly announce my candidacy as a Republican nominee for Oregon State Representative of District 37.
While not even on the same strata as giving my life or placing it in peril, as our brave soldiers have done, I am nevertheless wanting to serve and anxious to respond to this call to service. I am eager to address the needs of our West Linn and Tualatin communities and I want you to know that I am willing and able to add your voice to the greater dialogue of decency in public policy.
Our great state, like other areas in our country, faces an immense challenge. I believe democracy cannot exist with a single-party rule. We need common sense parity and fairness in our legislative actions to ensure our government represents the interests of all its citizens, not just the special interests.
I think that too much is at stake for responsible citizens to sit idly on the sidelines. I commit to earning your support and I ask you for your vote when it appears on your ballot: Ron Garcia for state representative.
Stop health insurance tax
As a 40-year health care policy veteran, I believe Medicare Advantage is a vital service for seniors and people with disabilities.
It provides access to a full array of medical, mental health, and support services, regardless of income level.
Options with next to nothing in premiums are widely available, and they include prescription drug coverage, free wellness care, and access to physical fitness.
There are few, if any, equally affordable alternatives to Medicare Advantage offering the same array of services and a cap on out-of-pocket expenses.
That's why I'm concerned about the Health Insurance Tax. This tax could increase costs and push Medicare Advantage enrollees — including underserved and at-risk patients — off these health plans. This could jeopardize their health. Taxing health insurance is bad policy, plain and simple.
Fortunately, the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act (H.R. 1398 / S. 172) would put a stop to the Health Insurance Tax before it can harm vulnerable Oregonians. Every member of Oregon's congressional delegation should actively support this legislation and help make sure it is enacted as soon as possible.
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