Letters to the Editor - April 25, 2014
Consider local businesses
Our medical building was built by a contractor not from McMinnville. The reputable company supplied a quality roof which, unfortunately, began to fail after about 13 years. We searched for a suitable replacement.
Washington Roofing was contacted at that time, and they advised a Duro-Last application. We trusted their expertise and, with this type of roofing, we are closing in on 20 years of service. This was their promise to us, and we trusted them.
Were they the most inexpensive? No. However, we do know that we obtained a quality material and quality service that continue to this day.
The News-Register’s April 4 editorial presented some convincing arguments about local buying, because we build relationships by investing in each other. We also build a better community, and community-minded owners who actually live in your community spend some of their profits there.
Let’s consider what local businesses do in this community — at least considering them in community projects. Not to give them an opportunity would be disappointing and, perhaps, inconsiderate to our community.
Need strong food stamp rules
No one should be hungry. No one.
This is why my husband and I regularly donate to programs assisting with food for those who would otherwise not have what they need. It is both a pleasure and a privilege to do so.
We also approve of the Food Stamp (Oregon Trail) program, because it is designed to assist families in obtaining the nutrition they need.
This is why I was so very angry this morning when I ran into a convenience store for a soda, only to be in line behind a woman with a preschooler purchasing candy and snack-sized chips with her Oregon Trail card, and cigarettes and lottery tickets with her cash.
This type of purchasing is not why we donate to our food bank, and it is not why we endorse state and federal food and nutrition programs. It is no wonder, when government food subsidy programs allow this type of irresponsible purchasing, that so many point to this waste and call for those programs to be cut.
I do not support cuts in food and nutrition programs, but I do support enacting and enforcing responsible regulations that would not allow using Oregon Trail cards to purchase junk food.
As far as the integrity of Oregon Trail recipients buying cigarettes and lottery when someone else is buying their food — well, that is a whole other depressing discussion.
Erma S. Vasquez
Support Y-C school bond
We are proud to say we were raised in Yamhill and graduated from Yamhill-Carlton High School. It was the perfect place to raise our daughters.
Please join us in a Yes vote for kids on Measure 36-161 on May 20.
We have lived here for 60 years and are proud of our schools. They have produced many successful graduates from both Yamhill and Carlton. There is a nostalgic caring to preserve the old as we move forward.
We remember Mr. Elliott and Mr. Juenemann feeding the boilers at school with sawdust. Schools were not new at that time. The boilers have since been converted to oil heat, but are in desperate need of upgrades to assure efficiency and a constant comfortable learning environment.
We remember watching basketball in a gym housed in the main building of the high school and watching the construction of the “new gym” being built in 1964 — now 50 years old. Locker room and restroom facilities need to be updated. This gym now does not meet OSAA regulations. It was built before the rulings of Title IX, requiring equality for girls to compete in sports.
This bond will extend the lifespan of our buildings as well as some new additions. Critical upgrades will repair things failing due to age. The mortar is falling out of the brick at the high school. Heating systems and roofing at the elementary and intermediate schools would be upgraded.
Yamhill-Carlton School District has worked hard to provide quality programs to keep our kids up to date with technology and the educational programs to be successful in life. Invest in our kids and our communities. Join us in voting Yes on Measure 36-161.
Tim and Maryalice Pfeiffer
Elect progressive candidates
I’m not sure how many of us know how vital it is to elect our two progressive candidates in the May 20 primary.
With Mary Stern vacating her seat five months early, we’re faced with a most unusual situation. Debra Bridges is our progressive candidate running for Mary’s seat. She’s most strongly opposed by the Constitution Party former talk show host, Mary Starrett.
Sal Peralta is our progressive candidate running for Kathy George’s seat. He’s most strongly opposed by Stan Primozich, McMinnville School Board member. This is the first time in so many years that we have the opportunity to shift the balance of power on the commission from conservative to progressive. Let’s do everything we can to get these two elected outright in the May primary.
The most unusual situation is this: Allen Springer and Kathy George get to choose who finishes Mary Stern’s term even if there is a clear winner in one or both of the two races. It would be hard and so obviously undemocratic for them to not pick the candidate the voters already selected. But they could. What kind of laws do we have in our books that allow for such a thing?
If there’s no winner in May, we need to all show up for the May 22 formal session of the Yamhill County Commissioners at 10 a.m. in Room 32 of the courthouse and demand that they not select one of the general election candidates to finish Stern’s term as it would provide an unfair advantage in the election.
Change county government
Patricia McGhehey’s letter (“Need five commissioners”) in the April 18 News-Register was quite right in that the makeup of the board of county commissioners needs to be modernized to reflect the growth and changes in Yamhill County.
In her letter, she calls for a five member board. That concept has been written about and even subject to several hearings in the past.
Please note that a five-member board of county commissioners would:
Reduce the cost of government, as only the county manager would be paid, along with the present staff. That would be a substantial savings.
Provide more opportunity for people to become involved in the issues as the board would meet in the evening when most residents are available to attend the hearings. It would give the commission members a much broader sense of the desires of the county residents.
It would also allow those people who work during the day to run for county commission and broaden the selection of candidates. History has shown that there are enough people who volunteer and run for office. Just look at the city councils and planning commissions.
Prevent just two of the commissioners from teaming up to run the county board to their personal desires as has been done in the past. In the past, they even teamed up to prevent the public from commenting on certain land use issues during the Measure 37 hearings.
Without an input into your government, you are being ruled and not governed. Reference article 1, section 26, of the Oregon constitution.
Replace bad government with a more cost-effective and modernized representative government.
It’s time for a change.
John W. Englebrecht
Two excellent candidates
Yamhill County is fortunate to have two excellent candidates running for public office: Debra Bridges for commissioner and Ladd Wiles for circuit court judge.
Debra has distinguished herself as director of Crime Victims Services in the district attorney’s office for the last nine years. She is fully dedicated to the county and has shown her resolve to serve through her work with the district attorney and her volunteerism (Habitat, CASA, Rotary, the list goes on). She and her husband, a Newberg lawyer, have children in the Newberg public school system. Debra is smart, level-headed, experienced and focused -- an ideal profile for a commissioner.
When choosing a circuit court judge, no quality rises above integrity. Ladd Wiles fills that qualification perfectly. He has had an exemplary career as an assistant district attorney, characterized by sound judgment, keen insight and an unwavering dedication to the truth. With his experience and abilities, he would be an excellent judge. Yamhill County would be fortunate to have Ladd Wiles serve on the circuit court bench.
Scott Gibson M.D.