Letters to the Editor - May 16, 2014
Support Willamina school bond
I was born and raised in the Grand Ronde/Willamina community, received a quality education from Willamina School District and stayed in the community to seek employment and raise my family. I want to thank all who supported the districts during my enrollment.
Now, it’s my turn to carry the torch by being involved in and supporting the community, keeping our school district strong and our community thriving. They go hand in hand, you know.
As school board members, we listened to the community and changed the bond proposal by removing the sports fields from it. But as a district, we still have many expenses beyond what can be covered by the day-to-day budget.
Our street going up to the school, which belongs to the district above the Fourth Place intersection, is deteriorating. Our sports fields still must be addressed, among other needs.
Please, support your school district and community, and join me in voting yes for the Strong Schools, Strong Community bond.
Vote for Brett Veatch
We are voting for Brett Veatch and urge you to do the same.
We have known and observed him in both personal conduct and professional performance for 25 years. We are impressed by his wisdom, knowledge base, and ability to accomplish complex tasks and resolve difficult issues.
He is committed to the future of Yamhill County. As an elected leader, he will have to make difficult decisions, and we can’t think of anybody better suited for the job. He offers experience in budgeting, is an expert in land use and, as a business professional, knows how to communicate and collaborate effectively.
Tim and Amber Brown
Voting for Mark Lawrence
We have been told, “All politics is local,” and I believe most politicians are the same. They walk the party line, uphold the status quo and, once elected, forget the promises that got them there.
That is why I’m voting for Mark Lawrence for circuit court judge.
He is not the typical lawyer: He is creative, unconventional when necessary and tenacious in his work. He has taken the road less traveled to support those he was entrusted to serve and protect. He has stood up for many in our county who needed an advocate. He has gone out of his way to serve countless others, and he clearly puts people first.
Supporting Bridges, Peralta
The May 20 election could determine two Yamhill County commissioners.
With 50 percent plus one vote, a candidate would win the election outright. Voters right now have a huge responsibility to ensure that Yamhill County has the most qualified commissioners serving us — ones with integrity, open-mindedness, knowledge, and understanding of the depth and breadth of county government. We want commissioners who are genuine listeners and faithful to serving the people and small businesses of our county.
I believe Debra Bridges and Sal Peralta are the most competent to move us forward and bring the best experience to attract new businesses and jobs to Yamhill County.
Voting for sheriff, Y-C schools
Law enforcement agencies, schools and families deserve maintenance and improvement. I encourage investment in Y-C School District kids and community. While a Yes vote will increase taxes, it will also support and educate the next generation.
Our sheriff’s office is blessed with balanced budgets, great community relations, sound judgment, good hiring practices and more. We need the right person to fill Jack Crabtree’s shoes, and that is Capt. Tim Svenson.
He is a 14-year veteran who has risen, for good reason, through the ranks in both the jail and patrol divisions. He now leads the patrol division, search and rescue, woods patrol, detectives, contract cities, Community Response Team and many other important sheriff’s office programs. His civic involvement gives better understanding of the communities he serves.
Please vote Yes for Y-C schools, and vote for Tim Svenson as our next sheriff.
Wiles a tremendous addition
Whenever there is a vote for a judgeship, I get asked who is the best candidate. True to form, I’ve been asked who should be elected to the open position on the Yamhill County Circuit Court.
Ladd Wiles has my vote. In his 18 years as an attorney, he has held to the highest ethical standards and has been a highly effective prosecutor. He has the respect of his peers — Ladd garnered a 3-to-1 advantage in the straw poll of local attorneys. He has the respect of local law enforcement as shown by Sheriff Jack Crabtree’s endorsement.
Ladd will be a tremendous addition to the local court.
Sergeants for Tim Svenson
I’m writing on behalf of nine sergeants in the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office who endorse Capt. Tim Svenson for sheriff.
We have worked closely with him and know him to be highly qualified and genuinely dedicated to the sheriff’s office mission. He is a proven leader who continues to challenge staff to strive for excellence.
His position requires tough operational and budgetary decisions, and he has demonstrated he can make those decisions, benefitting the agency, staff and citizens. His door is open to all within the organization, and he listens.
We have the unique opportunity to know both the personal and professional sides of our colleague.
Personally, he is fair, approachable and supportive of his staff. Professionally, he is knowledgeable and absolutely committed to excellence. He has demonstrated that by striving to improve himself and others.
He fosters professional relationships with agencies within the law enforcement community, and with other agencies in the criminal justice profession. These relationships work to reduce offender recidivism rates, seek help for mental health clients and streamline responses during emergencies.
If voters learn about all the candidates and compare their qualifications, we are confident they will join us in electing Capt. Tim Svenson as our next sheriff.
Editor’s Note: Co-signers to Sgt. Young’s letter were YCSO sergeants Brandon Bowdle, Chris Ray, Jeremy Ruby, Josh Eckroth, Mike Saunders, Todd Whitlow, Russ Vandewettering and Woody Little.
Starrett has our vote
We are supporting Mary Starrett for Yamhill County commissioner and hope our friends and neighbors will join us.
Starrett has our vote for many reasons, not the least of which is her commitment to hold the line on government spending. Her endorsement by the Taxpayer Association of Oregon says it all.
Frank and Adele Celentano
Voting for Stan Primozich
As part of my job at Channel 17 in Salem, I routinely interview public officials and political candidates as they respond to questions about themselves and about their personal thoughts toward important civic issues.
I recently interviewed Stan Primozich, a candidate for Yamhill County commissioner, and it quickly became clear that he has the necessary experience and commitment to fill that important and challenging position.
His responses and statements reflected his deep concern for the livability and future growth of our county. They were based on sound business practices and a respect for wise use of funds and resources. His communication style is open and easy to follow, and he expressed his desire to be a county commissioner who invites collaboration and cooperation to achieve solutions.
Join me in voting for Stan Primozich.
Lawrence best for judgeship
As a former mayor and city council member in the West Valley, I strongly support Mark Lawrence for Yamhill County circuit court judge.
Lawrence has shown integrity, fairness and sound reason during his years as an attorney, which I know on a first-hand basis, having sat on the opposing side. I admire the conservative yet strong ethics shown by Judge Tichenor and feel that Mark Lawrence is the only candidate who demonstrates the same standards
Keep county conservative
Election season is upon us, and I hope you will vote in the May 20 primary.
As a sitting county commissioner, I’m asking for your support of candidate Mary Starrett for commissioner. Her skill set and private sector experience, with a heart toward service, would be invaluable to the county at this time.
Please help me keep Yamhill County on a conservative course into the future.
Lawrence best choice
For more than 16 years I have trained with every police agency in Yamhill County and worked in court security, observing the professionalism of judges, district attorneys and defense attorneys.
Ladd Wiles and Mark Lawrence both demonstrate impeccable ethics in court. However, regarding training of police officers, I found that Mr. Lawrence works for justice in our court system regardless of the position he holds.
He taught search-and-seizure law to police officers while he was a defense attorney. He believes justice is best served when everyone in the system does the best job they can.
He updated us on the law and taught us how to get the evidence we wanted — legally. He told us, “I want you to do it right and keep your evidence. The system works right when you do and best serves justice.”
He also told us not to be offended if he filed a motion to suppress an illegal search, but rather, as a professional, to learn from the experience and not make the same mistake again.
The broad experience, time invested in the justice system and his commitment to finding the truth, leads me to believe Mr. Lawrence is the best choice for circuit court judge in Yamhill County.
Richard (Rick) Noble
Veatch would be excellent
I recommend Brett Veatch for Yamhill County commissioner, Position No. 1. I have known and had a business relationship with him for 20 years and think he would be an excellent county commissioner.
His business experience would bring a very positive asset to the board.
Bridges always involved
Yamhill County Commission candidate Mary Starrett should be compared to Leap Year. She pops up every four years. There’s no sighting of her in the county except at election time. She ran for governor in 2006, commissioner in 2010 and now, once again, in 2014.
Debra Bridges, on the other hand, is involved in numerous community activities. In addition to helping crime victims and their families in our county every single day, she has been involved in Habitat for Humanity, CASA, St. Barnabas and the SMART Reading Program, to name a few. Debra and her husband, John, joke that they are professional charity auction attendees, supporting every worthy cause they can in our county.
Do you want to elect someone who pops up every four years looking for a job, or someone who already works every day for the people of our county?
Mary Starrett thinks, “It’s time to get to work.” Debra Bridges has been working all along.