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Spokesman readers opine about the City Council election and campaign donations

Linville has integrity

As a resident of Wilsonville for over 10 years with an active interest in promoting the advancement and best interests of the city and its residents, I write to endorse the candidacy of Joann Linville for City Council. Education and experience are important and Joann is eminently qualified on these counts. To this voter, however, integrity is paramount. It should be the first and most essential character attribute of any person chosen to represent our city's residents at this level of representation closest to residents. Without denigrating any other candidate I say only that I have known Joann for several years and it is her impeccable integrity that will motivate my vote for her and this letter to urge other voters to support her as well. Whatever you do, vote, and if you agree on the importance of integrity, mark your ballot for Joann Linville.

Robert Wiesenthal,

Wilsonville

Experience and involvement count

Three years plus on the city of Wilsonville Development Review Board, including a year as chair. More than 30 years as a nursing faculty member and college administrator. Appointment by the governor to the Willamette Falls Locks Commission. Representing the city on the Metro Community Enhancement Committee. Service on the Arts, Cultural and Heritage Task Force. Representing the city at the French Prairie Forum. Attendance at every City Budget Committee meeting, a must for every councilor. And much, much more.

What does this describe? That would be Joann Linville. Let's return her to the City Council

Lori Schain,

Wilsonville

Candidates should explain donations

Citizens should know who is making major donations to candidates and the candidates should explain why these donations are acceptable.

"The City of Wilsonville has not had a good relationship with the Airport in a long time." Bruce Bennett, Aurora Aviation President. Some might question if the airport has been trying to ramrod through the expansion without doing due diligence. According to City Council members, they are not anti-airport; they just want any changes to be made in accordance with legal procedures. And the expansion is still in the courts indicating that not all issues have been resolved.

Those seeking fast approval are frustrated that they are still awaiting the pending lawsuits and they have decided to insert themselves into local politics. Large amounts of money have been donated to certain Wilsonville candidates in the hope that they will drop all opposition. These donors do not live in Wilsonville and do not care about our noise or traffic traffic issues. How will the candidates be influenced by the donations? Will the donations cause candidates to ignore local concerns? Will the candidates excuse themselves from votes involving the donors' interests? I would like to hear from the candidates.

John Holley,

Wilsonville

Wake up Wilsonville

The current Wilsonville election campaign has become striking for a number of reasons, among them the amount of money that has gone to the three candidates who support Aurora Airport expansion and airport interests who have blatantly told the press that they are funding the campaigns with the specific intent of changing the City Council.

Translated into city policy, that means getting Wilsonville to abandon its position that development of essential infrastructure (like traffic, stormwater, sewer and water) must precede development, and that development should comply with state land use laws. In a word, that means having the city withdraw from the present Land Use Board of Appeals appeal about the Aurora Airport Master Plan.

The outside real estate developers and commercial interests who are funding these campaigns don't just want a bigger airport, they want to develop outside a city where there is little oversight. As for safety, the Aurora Airport is overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration, and if it was unsafe in any way it would not be operating. The only safety issues at Aurora are those caused by these same business interests bringing in larger and heavier corporate jets and aircraft needing a bigger runway. The 'safety issue' is fixed by keeping the Aurora Airport the way it is.

There is a noise abatement program in place for Aurora Airport to prevent low and noisy overflights of Charbonneau and south Wilsonville, but it's voluntary. We've been tracking flights in and out of Aurora for two years, and, on average, 18% of flights per week violate the program! And guess what? Most of those violations are by these same local self-proclaimed good neighbors.

And now they want to take over the City Council all in pursuit of a windfall of profits by placing new development where it does not belong.

Wake up Wilsonville. This election matters!

Pat Hickman,

Wilsonville


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