West Linn letters to the editor
A worthy council candidate
Mary Baumgardner will be an excellent addition to West Linn City Council. She is a clear thinker, well spoken and a knowledgeable advocate. She has served on several city advisory boards so is familiar with how West Linn works and what it needs, She is serious, conscientious, and thoughtful. Vote for Mary Baumgardner!
Sloop supports circumventing Democratic process
When Kelly Sloop announced her candidacy on Facebook, I sent her a message asking her if she would support the Republican legislative walkout. The reason I asked is because I will not support any candidate of either party that is willing to walk out of the democratic process of government.
Sloop answered that she agreed with the walkout because it was the only way to stop the adoption of legislation the Republicans opposed. This walkout behavior is irresponsible and denies the majority representation of the citizenry. The walkout denies the legislature the two-thirds quorum necessary to act.
Apparently, Sloop is not aware of Oregon's referendum law. The Oregon referendum, which dates to 1902, enables Oregon citizens to overturn statutes or laws passed by the Oregon legislature. The referendum process is where to test the acceptability of a legislatively-passed law — not through walkouts!
Walking out of a legislative session where the majority vote would pass a law the minority party disagrees with is holding the majority hostage. This is an irresponsible slap in the face to the majority rule concept that makes our democracy work. Any candidate that supports this behavior is not acceptable.
Oregon Republicans are using an outdated constitutional provision to exert veto power over legislation developed by the Democratic majority. In recent legislative sessions, Republicans walked out a number of times. By refusing to show up for work, they circumvented the democratic process, preventing the legislature from passing bills on guns, forestry, health care, budgeting and climate change.
Sloop agrees with this extraordinary escalation of anti-democratic behavior. This is an important issue, worth your consideration, not only because it is preventing Oregon from addressing important issues, but because it also reflects the direction of the national GOP.
The community has a right to know
My favorite quote from Maya Angelou is "When someone shows you who they really are, believe them."
At the September 14th City Council Meeting it came out that West Linn City Councilor Jules Walters is under investigation for a workplace harassment complaint. Tidings reporter Holly Bartholomew followed up by interviewing Councilor Walters and the complainants and posted a report online Friday, September 18.
So far, we have two very different versions about what happened at the June 9th meeting. The City has not been able or willing to produce the Tidings' records requested yet even though the harassment complaint was filed three months ago; long before Mayor Axelrod announced he would not run again, August 5 and Walters announced her mayoral candidacy Aug 6. Then, about two weeks later, Council President Sakelik filed to run for Mayor.
Time is of the essence. It is in the public's interest to read the complaint and watch the June 9th video-tape as soon as possible. Please release it now. We have a right to know the facts before we are asked to vote.
Article is what we live for
Holly Bartholomew's article on animal evacuation is precisely what we live for in Twelve Step recovery, in Black Lives Matter and in the resurrection of America as we strived for it. These crises, the pandemic, the manifestations of white supremacy as the dying engine of American society, our deadly madness of refusal to do the simplest measures of ecology or mask-wearing, perhaps they slowly wane.
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