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Letters to the Editor: Aug. 5, 2016

Pool hardly a success

This is my response to Pat Swanick’s July 29 Viewspoints commentary, “A community success story.” Just to be clear this is Andrew Davis, the non-winemaker.

How can Pat claim that passing a pool bond was a success story? It has never been a “success story” when he claims it was an “eyesore for all to see.” It has been a complete disaster from the beginning three years ago when I started my fight against it. 

How can something be a success when it was losing in the range of $39,000 to $50,000 in taxpayer funds a year in the three short months it was opened? That’s success? I know. Dump $1.4 million taxpayer funds into something that will lose more and never pencil out. I never disagreed with the poolhouse needing repairs or an eventual replacement. My concern has always been priorities and the lack of funds being spent to maintain roads, water infrastructure and do basic preventive maintenance on the old poolhouse until the city was financially stable. They were sued years ago and lost a $2-million dollar lawsuit. Putting the city in more debt is not a good idea.

As it was stated in Pat’s opinion “it was a eyesore” and “no longer compliant with ADA requirments.” This was, from the beginning, an agenda-driven item to make the downtown area look “beautiful for the tourist.” 

I am asking for the resignation of City Mananger Chad Olsen. He has lost confidence in my eyes and the eyes of many other citizens. Also asking for Mayor Kathie Oriet not to seek re-election because of the failed leadership she has shown and bad path she has laid forward.

Andrew Davis
Carlton

 

Thanks for caring

My name is Dianne Moscarelli. I am 71 years old with health problems. I live on the third floor at Orchards Plaza and am one of the people who had to have an air conditioner removed. Thanks to the articles in the News-Register, Yamhill Community Action Partnership rallied for donations to purchase air conditioners from Lowe’s. 

I gave YCAP information from my doctor on my health and financial status, also an interview. They saved my life when on Monday July 25 the executive director of YCAP and Lowe’s installed a portable air conditioner (at no cost to me) in my apartment.

Thank you, News-Register and Lowe’s, a big shout out to YCAP. It’s in the 90s this week!

Dianne Moscarelli
McMinnville

 

Gold Star father disgraceful

Referring to the 22 July Readers Forum letter “Clinton proves dangerous,” this thesis was exemplified last week at Hillary Clinton’s coronation.
In particular, one of the speakers was Khizr Khan, a smooth-talking anti-Trump lawyer. When Trump defended himself, Khan and other Clinton supporters disgracefully hid behind Khan’s dead son, who was killed in 2004 while serving in the United States Army in Iraq.

Perhaps the most dangerous notion in Khan’s speech was the conflation of equal rights for Americans under the United States Constitution with an inherent right of people in other countries to immigrate into the United States. Khan complained that if it were up to Trump, he and his family might not have been allowed into this country. I agree — and would that were so. Khan deserves a fair hearing, but the appearance is that, at a minimum, he should be disbarred. Perhaps he would prefer stoning.

As a side benefit, this brouhaha helped flush out fakes like John McCain and Chris Christie. I hope Trump remembers never to trust them.
As Americans, we understand that to preserve the republic endowed to us by our Founding Fathers and be good stewards of our land, we must avoid being numerically destroyed by colonization from the Third World and enforce law and order everywhere within our own borders.

Dan Katz
McMinnville

 

Sneaky Pete

Republicans have relentlessly accused President Obama of being a dishonest sneak out to impose his way on America.

It’s beyond ironic that Republicans have partnered with Obama on the most dishonest, most sneaky action of his presidency. They are solid allies in his no-holds-barred fight to impose the Trans-Pacific Partnership on America.

For all their talk about Obama acting against America’s interests, they are with him all the way on putting American interests at the mercy of the Investor State Dispute Resolution panels. These three-member committees answer to no court, operate only in the interest of foreign corporations and weaken America’s sovereignty to the point of nullifying it.

From the start, Obama pushed this terrible treaty forward in complete secrecy, carefully hiding the details from American voters while giving complete access to corporate big shots.

Now Obama and his Republican accomplices plan to sneak the treaty through the lame-duck session of Congress. They’ll probably win. When the interests of working Americans collide with those of powerful corporations and the ultra-wealthy, working Americans lose. Obama will be long gone from office by the time the damage to paychecks, labor laws and the environment are being fully felt.

His Republican allies will cross their fingers and say it was all Obama’s fault. The rest of us will be living in the world’s largest Third World nation — victims of a Republican Congress that finally found a way to support Obama.

Fred Fawcett
Lafayette

 

Flim-flam man

I recently found this definition of a phrase in my dictionary. “One who engages in deception, as in a swindle.” The phrase? “Flim-flam man.” Hello, Donald Trump.

Carole Ackerson
McMinnville

 

Double standard?

Concerning Yamhill County Public Works Director John Phelan and his misuse of a management position to obtain repairs of his personal vehicle at a county facility, I strongly disagree with those who want to justify his illicit conduct.

The fact that he admitted it after it became public is not a virtue but an attempt to defend his decision and minimize the consequences. Now Phelan would like everyone to believe that, due to the circumstances, he made a minor mistake. Like us, he had many legal options, inculding scheduling service prior to the family reunion, switching vehicles with family, traveling at night when it’s cool, going without air conditioning or simply not going.
I contend that Phelan got caught using his position inappropriately. Are there other situations that the employees have not revealed for fear of retaliation? Had this occurred involving other employees (not friends) under Phelan’s authority, they would have been discharged. Management is supposed to seek compliance with laws and regulations, not break them. Phelan’s conduct violates numerous policies and ethics laws. 

Yamhill County policy specifically prohibits the use of county property for personal use or gain. Oregon’s ethics laws have also been violated. The fact that this involves a manager in charge of enforcing employee conduct makes the situation all the more serious.

Public offcials and management should be held accountable to the same laws that they are supposed to enforce. It is time for elected and appointed officials to stop exempting themselves and circumventing the laws. I believe Phelan’s effectiveness to lead has been compromised. If the county minimizes this incident, it will also be invoking a double standard of accountability. 

A.D. Gentry
Dayton

 

Letters miss the mark

Wow! My July 22 letter stirred up a hornet’s nest. Fortunately for me, their stings missed the mark, leaving my critique standing unscathed.

Their sting was aimed at the existing landfill. My letter was focused tightly on the proposed expansion. Therefore, comments about the existing landfill’s location in a flood plain only 345 feet from the river and about not meeting seismic standards do not touch my critique. Indeed, Ilsa Perse uses my letter as a launching pad for yet another screed aimed at the existence of the landfill. Perse’s closing comment that the Land Use Board of Appeal has twice overturned the county commissioners’ approval of the expansion is disingenuous for two reasons: First, the board did not “overturn,” but referred the decision back to the commissioners with guidance for further review. Second, the issue before the board was not any of the concerns that I raised in my July 22 letter — yet another terminological inexactitude.

Confusion abounds. How much has Waste Management reduced the size of the proposed expansion — from 100 to 37 acres (my letter) or from 99 to 37 (Susan Watkins’ letter) or from 37 to 29 (Susan Meredith’s letter)? The letters of my critics are full of misdirection and obfuscation.

Robert E. Mason
McMinnville
 

 


 

 


 

Comments

Mudstump

Fred Fawcett - Excellent comments and right on. Trade agreements are ruining this country and killing the middle-class. The TPP will be the final blow.

Shasta

In response to Andrew Davis,
I'm a taxpaying Carlton resident. Are you saying that no municipal service, feature or facility should be up kept unless its a money generating enterprise? If that's what you're suggesting then we would have no parks, schools, museums, monuments, etc. And, are you saying Pat was lying about being ADA non-compliant? Because that's something that should have been easily dis-proven if it was false info. Was there even an ADA act when the original pool house was built? That should tell you all we need to know on that subject. I'm not going to check your proclaimed $39000-$50000 loss per year, (it may be correct), but still, this project was put to a vote not once , but twice before it passed. Which means, the majority said "too much" the first time around. The bond was then re-structured based on community input and cost trimming design. Then it was put to a vote from the community.....it passed. So, since you disagree with a majority "yes", you are then calling for resignation from two city officials? I don't think that's how democracy works. I don't know how anyone could argue that the old pool house needed to be replaced. Its too bad a lot of people in the community would rather have a positive community facility go to ruins and out of use than invest a little money up front to better the city's charm, history and sense of community.
Your comments about needed street work, and city water improvements have no relation to the funds that were voted in, and it would be impossible to divert any pool bond money towards any of those projects.
Its about taking pride in your community. My opinion.

yamhillbilly2

Thank you Shasta. The pool house being not conforming to ADA requirements was not "Pat's opinion" as Mr Davis states, it was a fact. Andrew, as unhappy as you are, you don't get to make things up. Are you sure the pool house project was really driven by the desire to make Carlton more of a tourist attraction? Maybe it's for the benefit of those who use the pool, which I'm willing to bet, you do not.

Mudstump

I think the new pool house is wonderful. What a great asset to the community. It not only be befits the people of the community it is an additional feature that brings people to town who will spend money at local businesses. I have watched as moms park and unload their kids to spend a day at the pool. These folks might have lunch or buy ice cream or candy which brings in revenue that contributes to the town overall. It also helps to diversify what the town has to offer for young folks and families. Not everyone wants to or is old enough to taste wine. The pool house is beautiful and the community should pat itself on the back for investing in the future.

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