Letters to the Editor - May 9, 2014

Death coverage mixed

Coping with the loss of a loved one is always a hard process. The May 2 article on Page One of the News-Register concerning the death of the CEO of Carlton Farms, John Duyn, was shocking and in poor taste. It drew readers to it, but it had a soap opera, tabloid, gossip column mentality instead of the tragedy it was.

The News-Register’s subsequent edition on May 6 included an article on John written as it should have been in the first place. No matter what the circumstance of his death, John was loved and respected by many, especially his 75 employees. I thank the paper for the second article portraying John as the great person he really was.

Rosie Rhodes-Garr



Stellar community member

In the article on the tragic death of John Duyn, the News-Register failed to tell the story of this wonderful man.

John Duyn was a stellar member of our community and always was generous, compassionate, affable and warm. He was a kind human being. He grew a business that was teetering on the edge into a renowned enterprise known for high quality meats and extremely good service.

This business reflects well on Yamhill County and helps make the incredible success of this area possible. He had a warm smile and twinkle in his eye, and I know of not one person who knew him who will not miss him and feel his loss deeply.

He was held in great esteem and affection by our community.

Joan Drabkin



Invest in our Y-C children

This is an important week for the Yamhill and Carlton communities with balloting for the proposed school bond issue.

There is so much need in our school district. Aging facilities have severe problems like a failing roof, inadequate cafeterias, ancient heating systems on the brink of failure, an unsafe theater, a nearly useless science lab, exterior brick that needs repair to prevent leaks, a maintenance building beyond repair and awful restrooms in the gym’s locker room. The gym itself is not even OSAA legal.

Miscellaneous issues also exist, such as not enough parking, no space for a full-day kindergarten required by the state and a dearth of local disaster relief shelters. The situation is such that some families are reluctant to move here, and we are losing good teacher candidates who reject our schools.

Investing in our children and our schools is investing in our whole community. The time is now to address this need. Interest rates are low and costs will only get higher in the future, while the problems will only get worse and won’t go away.

Vote yes on this bond. Vote yes for our communities.

Tara Patterson and John Donehoo



Bridges the standout choice

Debra Bridges will be a fantastic county commissioner, and I hope she garners enough votes on May 20 so she can get to work right away.

After attending two of the recent candidates’ nights, I came away convinced she’s the one with the experience, background, common sense and problem-solving skills to make her the standout choice. Mary Stern has set a high standard for public service, and I’m confident Debra will continue that tradition far into the future.

E. J. Farrar



Candidate has integrity

When Brett Veatch first told my family he was thinking of running for Kathy George’s position as Yamhill County commissioner, we were saddened Kathy had termed out. But we also were amazed that Brett was such a natural who could seamlessly transition into the job with the respect, integrity and hard-working, traditional values we appreciate.

He is a hero to us. Years ago, we met and talked to him about buying land in Newberg. As a local farmer, longtime realtor and quality home builder, he was very knowledgeable about county land use and helped us purchase, partition and build our dream home. We were so impressed with the quality of his work, his integrity and superior organization, that soon many in my family trusted him to work on commercial transactions all around Oregon. Understanding small business, he was consistently diligent.

When he decided to run for commissioner, I started talking to people around Newberg. Everyone I talked to already had met him: in Scouts, city council, church, local and state hearings, and from his quiet acts of kindness around town, such as jump-starting a battery. His volunteering has made this a great place for many years.

With enthusiasm, I recommend him for your consideration to continue Kathy George’s wonderful legacy. He will do an incredible job for Yamhill County. Running for county commissioner is yet another example of Brett Veatch’s tremendous willingness to give back and serve this wonderful community we all call home.

Laura Cochran


Training and experience

The vast diversified training and experience of Tim Svenson are critical differentiating factors in the election of a Yamhill County sheriff. For the past five years, he has had direct, hands-on experience with Sheriff Crabtree in managing the sheriff’s department. His previous years of moving through the ranks, proving his character, accountability, work ethic, leadership, skills and citizen respect led to his selection.

Tim Svenson is an independent, conservative individual with seriousness of purpose: our safety.

Donna G. Nelson



Svenson ready to be sheriff

Who will be our next Yamhill County sheriff is a very important issue before voters.

I have had the privilege of volunteering with all three candidates under Sheriff Crabtree, and I can tell you they are all great guys and valuable assets to the sheriff’s office. So, it comes down to who has proven he is ready and able to do the job.

Tim Svenson has earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He worked to be promoted to sergeant and now captain. He has experience in patrol, the jail and administrative management of the office. The others have not proven to me they are ready.

Tim Casey is a deputy, and Joe Shipley only a sergeant. It is not about signs or who you know. It is about keeping us all safe and managing our sheriff’s office on a budget.

I am voting for the guy with a proven track record, and I urge all to vote for Svenson.

Mike Brandt



Most impressed with Casey

I’ve been closely following the race for sheriff, and there are three fine candidates representing Yamhill County.  Each candidate has strengths and weaknesses.

Shipley is a very nice, likable person with an easygoing attitude, which is good. Although, if he were in a political position, I wonder whether that quality would be a disadvantage.

Svenson has had several years to showcase his management style to the department. That experience is good, but I question why represented employees in the sheriff’s office are not officially supporting his candidacy. Perhaps they have seen the future and don’t like what they see.

Which begs the question, if a candidate has two or 20 years of experience in poor management practices, is that a benefit? Perhaps Yamhill County voters answered that in 2002 when then-Detective Jack Crabtree, who had no administrative experience, was elected over a former Yamhill sheriff’s captain with decades of experience.

While I have been most impressed with Casey, he has the least experience. However, he is poised and mature, and his strength comes from hard work. In addition to his law enforcement experience, he was a successful business owner.

Having the experience and knowledge to manage assets, personnel and budgets in the private sector is exceedingly important because you become skilled at making the right decisions when it’s your production. If you want a sheriff making the right decisions for Yamhill County, vote for Tim Casey.

Mark Miller


Editor’s note: Jack Crabtree, Yamhill County Sheriff since 2003 and a YCSO employee since 1985, said he cannot remember the union group ever endorsing a sheriff candidate, including himself. A call seeking comment from the union representative was not returned.


Clear choice for sheriff

I believe there is one clear choice for Yamhill County sheriff. Tim Svenson is fiscally responsible, a proven leader who leads by example, a man of integrity.

He already knows the job and has been actively involved in the most important parts of the sheriff’s organization. He knows the workings of the jail; he is the patrol captain, providing countywide road and residential assistance; he helped prepare the sheriff’s office budget for the past three years.

A problem-solver, he is working to find a positive solution for the county’s dog control situation. He has been very active in YCOM (Yamhill Communications Agency) issues, and he has the necessary certifications to step into the office of sheriff immediately upon election.

Please join me in voting for Tim Svenson.

Ron Huber



Problem solver for board

I am writing to tell you why I’m voting for Brett Veatch for Yamhill County commissioner. I’ve known him for more than 20 years and have found him to be an excellent communicator and someone who deals with issues in a straightforward, common-sense manner.

As an elected official, he’s had to make tough decisions and has gained a wide range of experience while serving in a variety of volunteer and appointed positions. He has been self-employed for nearly 20 years and understands how to make smart, careful investments in our future, using our resources to their fullest.

Bret Veatch is a problem solver and a leader.

Leo Wall



Support Y-C school bond

Please vote Yes to restore pride in our schools, provide all students an enriching educational environment and improve our community.

At the elementary school, your Yes vote will increase in-class learning time by enlarging the cafeteria to seat all students; add a community room so the larger cafeteria can be used for evening activities; add new classrooms for 2015-mandated full-day kindergarten, and allow life skills classes to move to the main building; add restrooms to the kindergarten wing; add parking and improve traffic flow; make critical upgrades in walls and floor and HVAC systems.

These are just a few of the improvements. Please join us in supporting a better educational future for our children.

Christina Slater, Kaitlyn Clements, Jennifer Hurley, Tiffany Reimann, Shanna Kerr

Yamhill-Carlton Elementary School PTO


Need broad experience

As an attorney practicing in Yamhill County since 1997 and as a past McMinnville municipal court judge, I believe the best judicial candidate for our county is Mark Lawrence.

Mark Lawrence has had a well-rounded career. Many residents may think the judge just punishes people, being tough on crime, but I know this is not the case.

Circuit court judges handle civil cases like divorce, custody, juvenile matters, property issues, landlord-tenant, etc. We need a judge with experience in as many of these areas as possible, one who understands the specific needs and DNA of our community.

Mr. Lawrence has practiced in all of these areas, as well as serving as prosecutor and defense attorney, key elements necessary to be a successful new judge in Yamhill County.

Kevin Kinney



Need strong commissioner

Stan Primozich has been a strong voice on the McMinnville School Board for several years and would be an excellent Yamhill County Commissioner.

He is a small business owner, active in our community and understands the consequences of his actions. He is an excellent listener and, with his quick mind, asks pertinent questions enabling him to gather information for making a decision.

We need a strong individual in this position who listens and understands.

As a former Dayton city councilor, I strongly endorse Stan Primozich for our county commissioner.

Henry Evers



She has improved lives

Debra Bridges is my choice for Yamhill County commissioner because she has worked for 20 years to improve the lives of county residents.

She worked for YCAP and United Way of Yamhill County, mostly helping the vulnerable population.

She has been director of crime victim services at the district attorney’s office for nine years, helping crime victims deal with physical, financial and emotional problems.

She knows the challenges for small businesses because her husband has owned a small business in Newberg for more than 10 years.

Debra Bridges is a full-time, all-the-time contributor to improving the lives of all county residents.

Barbara Doyle



Best for judgeship

We have known Mark Lawrence now for more than seven years since we had to retain him as an attorney for our 12-year-old son. Mark is the fairest, most sincere man we have ever met.

He has the kindest heart. In the deepest, darkest, hardest time of our lives, Mark and his amazing family helped keep us strong and connected. I hope the people of Yamhill County read all about him and realize how much better off we all will be if they vote for Mark Lawrence, knowing that anyone’s fate in his hands as judge will be fair. I know this for a fact.

He has been a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney. He knows both sides of the law.

I know Mark Lawrence is the best- suited candidate for this position because of his love for law and love for us as human beings.

Tracie Mashburn


Committed to community

There are some very fine gentlemen in the city of McMinnville, and Stan Primozich is one of them. I have never known a person more committed to serving his community than he is, which is why I am supporting his campaign for Yamhill County commissioner.

I have worked and volunteered with Stan for more than 20 years. He helped found the Mac Athletic Club and the McMinnville Wine and Food Classic.

He has served many years on the McMinnville School District Board of Directors, and is extremely qualified to represent the citizens of Yamhill County as commissioner.

Please join with me in casting your vote for Stan Primozich on May 20.

Wendy Buchheit



Support Willamina’s future

My wife, Ginger, and I moved to Willamina and began teaching here in 1990. Ginger’s father, Richard Schoenborn, had started an agriculture program here in 1954.

We purchased a home next to Ginger’s aging parents and have come to enjoy a great community with a genuine concern for education and the arts as well as strong community pride. In May 1990, Willamina passed a bond establishing a $5-per-$1,000 tax base without a tax increase.

Since 1990, nine attempts to pass school bonds measures have failed. They would have paid for maintenance and repair on roofs, the high school track, a fine arts building and a wood/metals shop.

Under the leadership of Superintendent Mark Jeffery, the board developed a long-range plan referred to as a “fiscal cliff.”

Without the bond, the school district would be forced to make drastic changes or close the district in 2013-14. All students in the West Valley would have attended Sheridan schools.

But instead of closing the doors, cuts were made, teachers voted to take furlough days and property was sold to keep the budget in the black. The financial sacrifice to vote yes this year will benefit many students and the community for years to come.

Please support our future community leaders.

Roy Whitman





It didn't take much research into the race for Circuit Court Judge to figure out that one of the candidates is simply not fit to be judge. Mark Lawrence has a documented history of trouble with the bar. In 2001, the Supreme Court of Oregon published an opinion suspending Lawrence from the practice of law for 60 days. They found that Lawrence engaged in professional misconduct by committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice law. (Read that last sentence again!) Seems Mr. Lawrence failed to file his tax returns...three years in a row!
Lawrence also failed to file a statement for the Oregon State Bar's voter's guide. Could this be because it requires disclosure of ethical problems? Is Lawrence trying to hide his discipline record from the voters? Is this why he waited until the last minute to jump into the race?
Do we want a judge whose honesty, trustworthiness and fitness to practice law has been called into question by the Supreme Court? I think not. How did Lawrence even get his name on the ballot? Are there not ethical standards to be a judge?

Bob Suchy, Attorney at Law


Was Mr. Lawrence ever prosecuted for "committing a criminal act"? I knew about the suspension, but never heard it referred to as "a criminal act". Did he go to jail? I am not a supporter of Mr. Lawrence's candidacy; just curious about the charge of criminal action for failing to file tax returns, even though he paid the taxes owed. Seems a little harsh.

Robert Lee

The "criminal act" was more a matter of naivety in that he had his mother in Colorado doing his bookkeeping and due to a computer crash and Mr Lawrence not keeping copies of records he was delinquent on taxes for a couple of years in the early nineties. He paid back all taxes, interest, and penalties by '97.

Soure: http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/docs/S46876.htm


Spongebob and Robert Lee: My stock-in-trade is making excuses for criminals so I do not want to belabor the point. Here is the Oregon Supreme Court opinion again:


Respectfully read it for yourselves. It is what it is.

Bob Suchy


Thank you for the link, Boblaw. That was very enlightening. If I was previously undecided about his candidacy for a judgeship (which I was not), this would have tipped the scales. I appreciate that the state bar attempts to hold its own to high ethical standards.

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