Letters to the Editor: Nov. 4, 2016

A pox upon him

Ken Moore should be ashamed of himself for his attack on Ron Noble.

The words of William Shakespeare in “Othello” come to mind: “Who steals my purse steals trash ... But he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed.”

Need we say more?

Clarabelle Muckey


Editorial overreach

Discussing political races on the op-ed pages based on an evaluation of the candidates is accepted journalistic practice.

On the other hand, printing an excerpt from an editorial above the flag on page 1, especially one that includes the phrase “dirty politics” (as the News-Register did Oct. 28) displays obvious bias and exemplifies significant editorial overreach.

In future, the News-Register should demonstrate at least the pretense of journalistic objectivity by limiting its opinions to the editorial page — where they belong.

Susan Dirks and Kent Stevens


Endorsement withdrawn

I am writing to withdraw, with great regret, my endorsement of Ken Moore for the Legislature.

I have supported Ken in his last two runs for House District 24. He impressed me as being a thoughtful, balanced, dedicated man who was always a good listener. A perfect candidate. Until recently, I was also proud of the respectful campaign he ran.

When I received a flier in the mail casting aspersions on Ken’s opponent, Ron Noble, my heart sank. The facts of the case as reported in the News-Register do not comport with the story as presented in the flier, and the Moore campaign has not contested the reporting. Since the ad was put out by the Democratic Party, I held out hope that Ken would disavow it. But he hasn’t.

I understand that politics can be dirty, and that legitimate concerns about an opponent’s character are fair game if there is compelling evidence. But I do not feel that standard was even approached in this case. Neither the Moore campaign nor the Democratic Party have produced solid evidence that Ron Noble acted in an inappropriate way.

Linfield College and the written record support the contention that Noble’s actions were reasonable and professional. What is left is innuendo and aspersions.
Although Ken Moore’s political leanings are closer to mine than Ron Noble’s, there are some things that supersede policy. A good man like Ron Noble does not deserve this kind of treatment, even in politics. I still think Ken Moore is a good man, but I believe he has made a mistake, and I feel compelled to register my disapproval. I will be voting for Ron Noble.

Scott Gibson


He’s a consensus builder

Last week I received a lot of ink in the News-Register. First, with a story about the Aspire project. It’s been a privilege to be involved with Habitat for Humanity and its work in the community. I am grateful for the recognition I have received. Then Jeb Bladine reminisced about the many ways we have been associated over the years in McMinnville. I enjoyed his reflections; thanks, Jeb.

Today I have in mind the ink Ken Moore has received. Ken is a good friend whom I respect. It has been troubling to me that his campaign has come under fire for the ads used by the Democratic Party of Oregon. I have not talked with Ken about these ads, but I believe he is a man of integrity who would not initiate these ads himself. 

Why the DPO decided to inject this kind of politics in his campaign, I do not know. There is speculation about their efforts, which I’m sure puts Ken in a difficult position to comment. Our district has been served by Republicans for many years — Marilyn Dell was the last Democrat representative. Ken’s opponent, Ron Noble, is a good man and I do not believe the negative implications with which he has been charged, but I am sticking with Ken. 

For two years, Ken Moore has worked hard to be informed about the desires of the electorate. He has talked with people. I believe he is prepared to serve us well. I was disappointed with the harsh position taken by the News-Register in last week’s editorial. Ken is a consensus builder and he will work with both sides of the aisle to represent the people of this district. I am voting for Ken and I hope you will join me in supporting his efforts.

Bernie Turner


Too much negativity

There has been so many negative opinions and too much criticism throughout this election season that I decided months ago, for my own mental health, I needed to opt out of listening and reading political news.

What is happening to us? Why can’t we focus on the issues and have a conscious and intellectual conversation about the concerns facing our community and country without tearing someone apart? Why can’t our media bring us unbiased, impartial information without suppositions and assumptions?

Our own local paper chooses which campaigns to disparage instead of strictly concentrating on the differences and similarities between candidates. It is heartbreaking, isn’t it?

I have 11 precious grandchildren, only 7 years old and under, who I want more than anything to grow up in a healthy and loving world. Is this asking too much?
I understand that I am an ultimate optimist, but somehow, someway, we need to change the direction in which we seem to be going and choose a better path, a brighter path. And I believe that we can do this, one person, one step at a time.

Liz Marlia-Stein


He’ll do a great job

As president of Retail Banking at Key Bank (now retired), I had the good fortune to work with Scott Hill.

His approach to our customers, employees and the local community was always thoughtful, respectful and professional. Scott represented the bank well in every endeavor, and I’m confident he’ll do a terrific job as McMinnville mayor.

As a resident of a nearby city, I can’t vote for Scott, but I can certainly voice strong support for a leader who will continue to move McMinnville forward for everyone’s benefit.

Patrick J. Swanick


Corporate hypocrites

I am writing to call attention to the hypocrisy of major corporations in opposing Measure 97.

Wells Fargo, Comcast, Monsanto and a host of other out-of-state corporations have spent more than $25 million to defeat Measure 97 — the ballot measure that would ensure that Oregon’s schools receive the funding they deserve. Out-of-state corporations want nothing from the citizens of Oregon except our money at the same time that they are refusing to pay their fair share.

As the owner of a small business and a small family farm, I pay my share of taxes. I would like to see big corporations also pay as well. Corporations continue to make profits in Oregon and then take the money out of state back to their corporate headquarters so the people of Oregon receive no benefit.

It is bad enough that these corporations dodge taxes through accounting games and tax schemes. Now they are spending more money than they would pay in taxes to fight Measure 97.

Meanwhile, Oregon has billions of dollars in deferred maintenance to repair our school buildings. More and more seniors are retiring into poverty. Thousands of Oregonians still don’t have healthcare.

Daniel Smith


No more dirty tricks

It’s easy to imagine Hillary Clinton and her people seething mad at FBI Director James Comey’s underhanded announcement that her email problem was back.
According to everything written on the subject, Comey violated the rules and the specific policy of the Justice Department. The rules prohibit him from this kind of announcement this close to an election when there is no way to know if there’s any wrongdoing. It reeks of dirty tricks.

You wonder if Clinton and Obama see the irony of their outrage. As Obama pushes ahead with his plans to shove the Trans-Pacific Partnership through using a lame-duck vote, does he fail to understand that the majority of Americans opposed to the TPP feel similarly victimized by his dirty tricks?

Obama, like Bush before him, doesn’t hesitate to play dirty when he wants something. Does Clinton realize those of us who supported Sanders felt similarly violated by her dirty tricks during the primary?

This outrage continues because Sanders would have annihilated Trump. Democracy isn’t supposed to be about secrecy, deceit and dirty tricks. The will of the people isn’t just some obstacle to brush aside when it frequently diverges from the goals of the powerful.

If Clinton manages to win, maybe she should consider from time to time the people serves, not a privileged elite. She should also remember the anger she felt at the dirty trick calculated to deny her the presidency.

Fred Fawcett