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Involve public

in rodeo plans

Dear Editor:

I wonder if other Philomath residents are as confused as I am about what is happening with the Skirvin annexation.

We were told, in the voters’ pamphlet, that this annexation was to "formalize" the relationship between the rodeo, the Skirvins, and the city. That this would make sure the rodeo remained where it has been (due to the generosity of the Skirvin family) for 30 years.

But now the word is that the rodeo is having to move. That they are looking for another location, and those of us who voted for this annexation need, and deserve, some clarification.

When I spoke to Marlyn Weaver, the Realtor handling the property, he said that he still hopes it will work out for the rodeo to stay on the property. When I said I felt like the public was in the dark about this, Marlyn said he had asked the city to hold a public meeting so that folks could be informed, and so the rodeo, the Skirvins, and the city could gauge public interest and opinion.

I would urge that such a meeting be arranged. It's important that, having voted for a plan, citizens be informed about possible problems with the plan and have a chance to help solve those problems.

Mark Weiss

Philomath

Time for change

on school board

Dear Editor:

As a longtime Philomath School District parent and grandparent concerned with the quality of our students’ total education — classroom and life — it’s time for Tom Klipfel to go.

Life is about treating all, no matter their race, education and economic status, respectfully, about listening to others to learn their thoughts and inputs, and creating solutions that benefit all, not just your favorites. As school board chairman over this past year, Tom has shown none of these behaviors.

He quickly dismisses those he disagrees with. He definitely pushes his agendas for his favorites ahead of others. And his overall behaviors are definitely not respectful.

As one who has too many negative and hypocritical interactions with Tom, it’s easy to say that it is time for Tom Klipfel to go.

John L. Williams

Philomath

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