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Nov 252015

Clackamas Democrats endorsed A Better Oregon’s campaign at our November meeting. Here’s a message from Our Oregon about the campaign.

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Last week, Wal-Mart posted their third quarter earnings, and they were a whopper, with $4.5 billion in profits in the U. S. alone. Just another reminder that Wal-Mart can definitely afford to pay their workers more — and they can definitely afford to pay their fair share in taxes.

So why a Wal-Mart reminder now? Well, The Oregonian recently published yet another article in their series on A Better Oregon — the campaign to make large and out-of-state corporations pay their fair share in taxes. And once again, their piece reiterates refrains that the business community has been singing, though this time The O focuses on what they call “low-margin businesses.” Continue reading »

Nov 122015
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the November meeting has been moved to Tuesday, November 17. Details below.

carlotta colletteThis month we welcome Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette as speaker for our November Central Committee meeting. Collette was appointed to Metro Council in November, 2007 to fill a vacated position. In 2008 she received 70-plus percent of the votes to complete that vacated position. After one year, her colleagues voted unanimously to have her chair the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, which oversees federal transportation funding in the Metro region.

Collette represents District 2, which includes the cities of Gladstone, Johnson City, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Oregon City, Rivergrove, West Linn, a portion of Southwest Portland, and unincorporated parts of Clackamas County.

She will be speaking on the Willamette Falls Legacy project and other issues important to Clackamas County.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, 7 pm (refreshments at 6:30)
Place: Operating Engineers Hall, 555 East First Street, Gladstone, OR

Nov 042015

By Peter Nordbye, Welches


Nestlé’s Many Products (click to enlarge)

Nestlé, the giant multinational corporation, is in the process of fast tracking an agreement directly with Cascade Locks city leaders. By working directly with Cascade Locks, Nestlé can avoid conducting an environmental impact study and avoid input from local citizens. The agreement would allow Nestlé to export out of Hood River County more than 100 million gallons of water each year in “mountains of plastic on the backs of trucks.” The impact on the pristine Columbia Gorge, and locales downstream including Clackamas County, could be significant. Continue reading »

Oct 252015

By Craig Stephens, Lake Oswego

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Open for Business

Voters have put up with the shenanigans and vindictive behavior of John Ludlow and Tootie Smith long enough. Maintaining and improving roads in Clackamas County need to be funded and implemented to support manufacturing, distribution, and farm transit. Timber money has all but disappeared, property tax cannot be used for road maintenance, and gas tax revenue is not enough to keep up with urgent repairs and safety improvements. The funding shortfall has been allowed to escalate to $17 million annually and is increasing each year. A leader is needed to take the best path for our pocketbooks and continue down it for immediate benefit and with a clear plan. Continue reading »

Oct 162015

By Marilyn Donovan, Gladstone

15327-custom-ribbon-magnet-sticker-aspergers-syndromeAsperger’s syndrome: As more information has been made public regarding the shooter at Umpqua Community College, much is being said about the gunman having been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, along with talk of mental illness. The press and the public need to be aware that Asperger’s is not a mental illness; it is a neurological and behavioral condition. Of course, it is entirely possible that a person with Asperger’s can also have raging anger, poor social skills, negative life experiences and difficulty solving personal problems and managing feelings.

My teenage grandson, who has Asperger’s, is a super smart, kindhearted, polite, thoughtful and delightful person with a great sense of humor and lots of friends. I would be crushed if people labeled him as mentally ill and expected that he would commit a heinous crime like the one that has occurred.

Please do not make the mistake of blaming the shooting on Asperger’s syndrome. It is my hope that people will not connect the syndrome with a person’s poor judgment and inappropriate, criminal behavior.

How about giving less attention to the shooter’s Asperger’s syndrome and focusing instead on his mental and behavioral experiences and condition?