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Honored to be part of Capitol delegation

Thirty students from our 8th grade class at Inza R Wood Middle School recently arrived home from our debate in Washington D.C. that was titled “We the People National Program Debate.”  Our Wilsonville team worked hard and made the semifinals. But, on the final day, we came up just one step short of winning and received a 2nd place finish behind Indiana and in front of 3rd place Virginia.

During our time in Washington D.C., we would wake up at 6 a.m. and go to the constitutional  debates  that lasted all morning; then, in the afternoon, we were treated to some of Washington D.C.’s outstanding  features including the Capitol, White House, Smithsonian Museum and the Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington monuments. We visited the Pentagon, and also learned about the history  of many of our  greatest American forefathers. 

I found it to be an honor and a privilege to be selected for the competition.  I believe any small boy or girl, even if from a small town in Oregon, if at all possible should take on this adventure to go to Washington D.C. to see the sites (I self funded). Not only  was it one of the best times of my life,  but I also now have a better understanding of how the government really works, and this is also valuable for any future votes that I might make or possibly influence.

I think we should give to our children a deeper understanding on how our government works to help them make better voting decisions.  If other children have the opportunity to go to Washington DC, I would advise them to take it.

Dawson Durig, Wilsonville (eighth-grader at Wood Middle School)

Don’t Californicate Clackamas County

It disturbs me when people move to Oregon to escape someplace unpleasant and immediately want to change the way we do things here.

It’s more disturbing when these greenhorns seek elected office without living here long enough to fully comprehend the complexities of our political values. Case in point: Karen Bowerman, a transplant from California now living in Lake Oswego, wants to be a Clackamas County Commissioner.

To be a good commissioner, one has to have first-hand knowledge of both the history of this county and complicated nature of the people who call this place home.

Being such a newbie, I find it impossible to imagine that Mrs. Bowerman is remotely qualified for this task.

To illustrate my point, she recently declared she supports “very aggressive development of the Stafford Basin.” This, in spite of the fact that a strong majority of the taxpayers in the region, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin and Stafford Hamlet have been trying to preserve the rural legacy of this area for over 25 years.

I don’t always agree with commissioner Paul Savas. He has been around long enough to understand us and our counties’ complex issues. Don’t Californicate Clackamas County, re-elect Paul Savas.

Dave Adams, Stafford Hamlet

Shape the future of CCC

Clackamas Community College has educated and trained local students for almost 50 years. In 2016, the school will mark a half century of providing education and workforce skills to the region.

The CCC Board of Education is developing a plan that will both honor a half century of service to the community and prepare the college for future service.

We are crafting a bond measure to provide modern facilities and equipment to better train students to qualify for today’s jobs and prepare for transfer to university.

In the coming months, we will share more about our plan. We are inviting the public to hear about the bond and share ideas with President Joanne Truesdell before a plan is finalized. She will host a series of community meetings in May, two at each of the three college campuses.

The full schedule is at Meetings are scheduled for morning and evening on May 1 and 2 in Oregon City; May 15-16 at the Harmony Community Campus; and May 22 and 23 in Wilsonville. Please come and help us shape the future of CCC.

Ron Adams, CCC Board of Education, Zone 5

Vote for Tootie Smith

The May Primary Election to select a candidate to face Kurt Schrader next November is a serious race. At stake: a very real opportunity to unseat Kurt Schrader, who voted for Obamacare without reading the bill, and the urgent opportunity to replace and repeal Obamacare.

Tootie Smith has won multiple elections within the boundaries in Congressional District 5, and she knows how to get the job done; she knows how to take out an entrenched Democrat incumbent.

She will not be distracted in this critical mission by a well-meaning, but very inexperienced young opponent who is desperate to get publicity. Republicans are glad to see that she will not allow our Primary to be turned into a media circus. Her sights are set on Kurt Schrader — her campaign is aimed at winning in November.

Tyler Church

Lewis & Clark student

Re-Elect Paul Savas

Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas is a man of vision, honor, and integrity. Over the last three years on the commission, Paul has earned a reputation as a thoughtful and pragmatic problem-solver, who is willing to move beyond partisan politics in order to do what’s best for Clackamas County. We should feel fortunate to have a County Commissioner with a true public servant’s heart. On May 20th, I ask that you join me in re-electing Paul Savas for Clackamas County commissioner, Position 2.

Jon Kloor


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