Author Archives: Noel Lee

Standing and District Committees March Meetings Roundup

We’re pleased to share the highlights below from Standing and District Committee meetings held in March 2019.

House District 39, Naella Tesch and Gay Lewis
House District 40, Cris Waller and Mike Weber

Candidates lined up to speak at the joint meeting of HD39 and HD 40 on March 30. Before fielding questions, candidates for local school and water districts spoke about their campaigns and their districts. Candidates stressed that their races are getting more and more competitive.

Continue reading

You Can Help Your School Board Succeed

Oregonians for Student Success is a non-profit member services organization that helps locally elected volunteers fulfill their complex and critical public education roles as school board members. Through legislative advocacy at state and federal levels, board leadership training, employee management assistance and policy, legal and financial services, OSBA helps 1,400 members represent the 197 school districts and more than 580,000 students in Oregon.

You can help, too, by getting involved in the campaign and attending their town halls and lobby days. Visit their website to learn more about their campaign and see their events calendar.

Standing and District Committees January Meetings Roundup

We’re pleased to share the highlights below from Standing and District Committee meetings held in January

House District 38, co-leaders Kathy Gordon and Gary Thompson

While HD 38 did not meet in February, there is an exciting meeting planned for Sunday, March 3, from 2:30-5:00 p.m., at the Foothills Condos Meeting Room, 5065 Foothills Drive, Lake Oswego. This will be an opportunity to meet and listen to our Clackamas/Lake Oswego State Senator Rob Wagner and State Representative Andrea Salinas discuss their legislative agenda/priorities for this session. We have also invited John Wallin, who is running for re-election to the Lake Oswego school board, and Kirsten Aird, a new candidate to the Lake Oswego school board. Although they are not running against each other, they will both make their case to the voters. An additional speaker will be Cheri Partain, a newly elected House District Leader from HD35. Cheri is the director of adoption services at Boys & Girls Aid, the oldest child welfare agency in Oregon.

Continue reading

The Effects of Great Income and Wealth Inequality

By Donald Klosterman

We live in an era of increasing income and wealth inequality. Many of us have come to accept this as normal. Some see it as an outcome of our technology, others of our culture. Be it nature or nurture, we are no longer in balance with our environment or our society. We see the “other” as someone to be feared rather than helped. We routinely denigrate our environment for short-term economic gain even when we are well aware of the costs of such actions. We allow ourselves to be convinced that our neighbors are inferior in order to justify our waging war against them.

It is ironic that human offspring require more time to mature than almost any other species. From birth through the next decade, without watchful elders, without a protective and nurturing society, few children would ever make it to adulthood. Yet, we create myths that rather than being social creatures, we are independent and born with a right to freedom that justifies us harming our neighbors. Our institutions rarely accept the notion that it takes a village to raise a child.

Continue reading