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Support plan for South Corvallis

I completely support an urban renewal district (URD) in South Corvallis. I was one of the leading opponents to the request for a downtown urban renewal district in Corvallis in 2009, because we just did not see the need. We like downtown Corvallis as it is! There is always so much going on downtown and the alleys and buildings are fascinating.

However, south Corvallis needs the benefits that come with an urban renewal district. I support using an urban renewal district to make South Corvallis a destination area. I also believe that Kate Porsche working in Corvallis would be of great benefit to help develop an excellent urban renewal district proposal. People with whom I have spoken about a south Corvallis urban renewal district are all very supportive. Go for it!

Louise Marquering

Corvallis (April 10)

An explanation

for GOP exodus

A record number of Republicans in the U.S. House are not running for re-election this year, including the speaker, Paul Ryan. Is it a case of rats fleeing a sinking ship? I doubt it.

Despite Trump’s unpopularity, he does have a solid base, most of the districts are gerrymandered to the GOP’s advantage, and the GOP delivered the tax cuts for the wealthy that their campaign donors insisted was do-or-die, so their prospects for re-election can’t be that bad.

Or is it possible they’re leaving office so that those donors can repay them for those tax cuts with cushy high-paying “jobs” (like executive panderer) as a token of their appreciation? No doubt the amazing “free press” in the United States will get to the bottom of this mass retirement. I’m sure glad I don’t live in one of those horribly corrupt countries you read about in the papers!

Andrew Gray

Corvallis (April 11)

Adams would serve all of the county

Electing people in office should depend on two things: character and qualifications. Vince Adams was one of the earliest people I was in touch with when I considered joining the Corvallis School Board. In a couple of years, I ended up knowing that he got the character and quality of an excellent county commissioner.

As I serve as a vice chair of the Corvallis School Board, I get to have a front seat to witness his leadership as the chair of the board. He gets it. He knows when and how we should elevate public voice. He understands when complex issues need thorough deliberation and analysis. He cares, and it shows on him.

While he continues to focus on education, he concentrates now on sustainability working with Benton County’s 2040 Thriving Communities Initiative. When I talk to him about crucial issues to our communities, he listens and understands. His experience gives him a wide understanding of population growth, the needs of rural communities, preservation of natural resources, and having a reliable infrastructure.

I have seen his passion when it comes to rural communities and climate change issues. I believe that his experience researching with Oregon State University and the Rural Communities Explorer will help him to see how Benton County is more than just Corvallis. Being an independent, I can’t cast my vote for Vince’s Democratic nomination. However, I endorse him and encourage my Democratic friends to vote Vince Adams for county commissioner, Position 1, on May 15.

Sami Al-AbdRabbuh

Corvallis (April 12)

Carbon-fee plan would aid climate

Worldwide carbon dioxide emissions increased 1.4 percent in 2017. According to the International Energy Agency this increase represents 170 million new cars added to the roads around the world. We must reverse this trend. Action is needed to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s fee-and-dividend plan would do this. A fee charged at the wellhead, port, or mine on the fossil fuel’s carbon content would be collected then given to households as a dividend. For 52 percent of households the dividend would exceed their higher energy costs. Under this plan the fee per ton would increase each year, further providing producers with an incentive to limit their carbon emissions. As part of the plan, imports would be assessed with an equivalent carbon fee.

Putting a price on carbon pollution will result in additional clean, low-carbon industries, encourage energy efficiency, and improve air quality. Over the coming decades, the climate would still continue to warm, but eventually, and with continued emission reductions, the worst aspects of climate change can be averted.

Please urge Rep. DeFazio, Sen. Wyden, and Sen. Merkley to support a price on carbon pollution. There is no time to waste in the fight to reduce carbon emissions.

Jim Holm

Corvallis (April 12)

Jaffer supports

net neutrality

Net neutrality is vital to ensure that all Americans have free access to ideas and products on the internet. People across the political spectrum, from Christian conservatives (http://www.cc.org/fast_facts_conservatives_net_neutrality ) to progressives (https://media-alliance.org/55-progressive-groups-urge-democrats-to-support-net-neutrality-cra/) support net neutrality. Yet the current District 23 state representative, Mike Nearman, voted against House Bill 4155, which sought to preserve net neutrality in Oregon.

Danny Jaffer is running for District 23 state representative. Danny strongly supports net neutrality. He will work to keep access to the internet available to everyone. Vote for Danny Jaffer for District 23 state representative.

Debbie Maynard

Monroe (April 11)

Vote in favor

of safer schools

My heart sinks every morning that I drop off my second grader at school and I watch my tender little person walk into an unsecured building. There is no camera over the main entrance, there is no lock automatically engaged on the door during school hours, and there is no way for staff to screen individuals and potential threats entering while our children learn and play.

Measure 2-113 addresses the safety and security concerns of parents everywhere who watch regularly occurring school shootings devastate other communities and pray our school isn’t next. Our schools are well past due for control access locks, video surveillance and secured entrances, which will be provided if you vote yes on 2-113.

Measure 2-113 further protects our children and school staff by providing critical upgrades necessary in the event of an earthquake, as well as maintenance and repairs that have been shrugged off in the past, i.e. replacing plumbing, roofs, and heating and ventilation systems.

While certain individuals may be reluctant or critical about other improvements the measure provides, or concerned about their taxes potentially increasing, everyone can agree that our children merit the protection and security first and foremost provided by 2-113. I implore you to vote yes on 2-113.

Andrea Turner

Corvallis (April 13)

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