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Dedicated coalition brings library vision to reality

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

—Andrew Carnegie

Mr. Carnegie’s quote sums up what our community did to pass the $6 million library bond measure. Over 100 years ago he had the vision for the role libraries would play in the future. Our Carnegie Library was built with a grant from Mr. Carnegie with the stipulations that it be built of brick to withstand time and placed on a large piece of property to accommodate a future expansion. On May 20, Oregon City voters brought this vision closer to a reality.

by: PHOTO BY: COREY BUCHANAN - Oregon City Carnegie Library supporters gather May 20 at the KC Midway Pub on Seventh Street to celebrate the election results.I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all the people who worked on the campaign for Ballot Measure 3-345. First I would like to thank Former Mayor Alice Norris for convening a group of interested individuals and providing us with a game plan. We had a very diverse committee of volunteers on the PAC that brought their own particular strengths to the team. Thank you, PAC members, for meeting every week for the past several months and getting the word out to the community.

From here I am going to list all the other team members that showed their support in various ways:

Rep. Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) and Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-Canby, Redland and Beavercreek) who crossed party lines to write a letter of support

Jim Scheppke, state of Oregon librarian (retired), letter of support

Luana Luther, League of Women voters of Clackamas County and Joan Batten, LWV library study chairwoman, letter of support

Alice Norris, former mayor of Oregon City, letter of support

Cynthia Towle, PAC member, letter of support

Mayor Doug Neeley, argument in favor in the Voters’ Pamphlet

The Oregon City Business Alliance, argument in favor in Voters’ Pamphlet

The Oregon City Library Foundation Board, argument in favor in Voters’ Pamphlet

PAC members, argument in favor in Voters’ Pamphlet

Amber Holveck, Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, argument in favor in Voters’ Pamphlet

Hamlet of Beavercreek members who helped canvass

Last but definitely not in the least, the editorial staff of the Oregon City News /Clackamas Review for placing letters of support and the writing the editorial “We also love Oregon City’s library plan.”

OK, one more person to thank, Maureen Cole, Oregon City library director, who had the vision to show good stewardship of finances in order to create a “savings” account for the expansion.

I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone because everyone deserves credit for helping to pass this bond measure. Thank you, Oregon City! Now the work begins on what this new expansion will look like, so stay involved. The job isn’t over yet!

My most heartfelt gratitude!

Lynda Orzen

PAC chairwoman

Oregon City Friends of the Library chairwoman

County voters tired of dirty politics

With the May 20 election, the voters of Clackamas County are telling us, “We want Paul Savas and Jim Bernard.”

Congratulations, commissioners Paul Savas and Jim Bernard. Dirty politics are not what we want in Clackamas County.

We want outstanding commissioners that make the citizens proud. They do an excellent job for the people, and that is why we re-elected them.

I hope that Karen Bowerman and Stephen Bates have learned their lesson. Mud slinging is bad business for all.

Shame on Chairman John Ludlow for his nasty letter sent to the citizens about Paul Savas and Jim Bernard. It is time to work with all county commissioners. We elected them all to represent us.

Chair Ludlow, you will be up for election in two years.

Jo Haverkamp

Oregon City

New positive course for our county

Rural Clackamas County has seen a lot of negative campaigns funded by out-of-state special interests these last few years.

But with the outcome of last week’s primary election, Clackamas County voters sent a strong message: We want local leaders who get results.

Families in Clackamas County chose Paul Savas and Jim Bernard to continue to represent us on the Clackamas County Commission because they’re sick of negative campaign tactics and special interests, but most importantly, because these are leaders with a proven track record who can bring people together.

Watching the election results roll in made me proud of our county and even more optimistic about my campaign. It is clear that rural Clackamas County is ready to elect trusted local leaders who care about the unique issues facing our communities.

My campaign for State Senate will be a challenge. We can win in November and set a new positive course for our county and our communities with the help of people who care, like you. To join the campaign and be part of another win for rural Clackamas County, please consider donating to my campaign.

I think we can agree: It’s time for Clackamas County to move forward together.

Jamie Damon

Eagle Creek

Just you wait, Milwaukie

Looking at the dated Max system in Gresham, you see neglected, dilapidated facilities.

With the exception of the ostentatious Rockwood station, the stations are showing their age and being ignored by movers and shakers of the system. If you stop at Gresham City Hall, the signage is literally peeling away from the surfaces, and I can’t imagine how embarrassed Mayor Bemis must be to have this outside of his City Hall.

If you live in Portland however, the system is generally well kept as you get closer the Willamette and don’t forgot the crown jewel of the new Milwaukie System; Tillikum Crossing. Just wait Milwaukie, we here in Gresham remember those days of having a shiny station with that “new train smell” too.

Give it about 20 years and you too will realize that TriMet only believes in being reactive to new transit needs but lacks any awareness of being proactive in preserving its history.

Jon Bell

Gresham

Insulted by extremist ravings

I am surprised that this newspaper printed “How do citizens receive and secure their rights?” as an “opinion” piece. It was, in fact, nothing more than a National Rifle Association propaganda statement that should have been treated as advertising.

On the other hand, it is not surprising that Mr. Martwick has been advised against running an essay contest based on the writing of Stephen Halbrook, whose work as an apologist for the gunslinger mentality ranks alongside “Mein Kampf,” “The Communist Manifesto” and other extremist ravings. Most educators will see this “contest” for what it is: just another attempt by the NRA to recruit children into their paranoid ranks.

Moreover, the writer’s use of “minuteman” in his email address is an insult to my son and every other National Guard or Reserve volunteer who has stepped forward to serve both at home and in war zones abroad. Our citizen soldiers who respond to the call of their country are the true descendants of the revolutionary minutemen, not self-appointed militia gunmen whose role includes harassing local residents while supporting law-breakers like Cliven Bundy.

Peter Bellamy

Oregon City



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