March 17, 2020

My Approach to Taxing and Spending

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Politicians often scoff at the idea that government agencies should budget the way that businesses and households do. We’ve seen the disastrous consequences of that approach at every level of government, from the trillions of dollars of federal debt right down to the local level here in Clackamas County. Think about the way you balance your checkbook every month. You…

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March 12, 2020

A Common Sense Approach to Transportation

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Are you getting tired of sitting in traffic for longer commutes while watching politicians do literally everything but build and fix roads? I am, and it’s one of the reasons I’m running for chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. I’ve always considered transportation one of the most important functions of government at all levels. It’s critical that people…

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March 10, 2020

How to Handle Homelessness

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Everyone knows that rampant homelessness is a huge issue in the Portland area. But what people don’t know is that there is a solution available that Clackamas County can use immediately to help solve it. The current Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is blaming the area’s growing homelessness on budget cuts. This is, unfortunately, just an attempt to hold taxpayers’…

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March 5, 2020

Standing with Timber Unity

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The legislative Super Majority continues to show its clear contempt for Oregon’s rural residents, with an ill-conceived cap and trade bill being proposed in Salem. Fortunately, Senators and Representatives in the Legislature have walked out of the session to prevent its passage. Also helping in the fight is that 28 of Oregon’s 36 counties, representing the vast majority of its…

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December 4, 2019

Why Isn’t Hydro Power Green Enough?

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Politicians continue their love affair with “renewables” while ignoring what’s real. Reports are saying that despite increased population – 112 people per day in-migration for 2018 – coupled with an increased need for electricity, the production and sale of hydro power will be decreasing.  The reason is simple. Closure of coal plants in Boardman and Centralia and the addition of…

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December 2, 2019

Lesson Missed In Oregon’s Biggest Agency Lawsuit

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It was about cutting trees, not who would profit. Oregon’s largest newspaper has never understood sustainable forestry practices. The Oregonian in its article “Failing forestry: With $1 billion timber lawsuit, not all 14 counties are big winner,” said as much. Their latest report saying that taxpayers would have to foot the bill proves the point. It’s not up to taxpayers…

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November 26, 2019

Democrat Legislators Worry About Re-Election Over Carbon Tax Vote

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Democrat Legislators Will Be Punished By Its Own Lobby Group For Failing To Vote For Cap N Trade. Desperately seeking support, Oregon’s Governor is about the state offering payola and favors to farmers, loggers and industry groups in exchange for backing Cap n Trade 2.0 in the upcoming February 2020 legislative session. OLCV, Oregon League of Conservation of Voters, becomes…

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October 1, 2019

Tootie Smith sets sight on Clackamas Commission seat

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Published in Molalla Pioneer Tootie Smith officially filed paperwork to run for the chair of the Clackamas County Commission Tootie Smith officially filed paperwork at the County Clerk’s office to run for the chair of the Clackamas County Commission, a position currently held by Jim Bernard. Smith said that the Clackamas County Commission inability’s to balance its checkbook while receiving…

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