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Letter to the editor: Veteran rally cry

To the editor:

I would like to encourage Wasco County voters to support Rod Runyon for County Commissioner. He’s proven his love for our county and its citizens. He has shown his desire to work round the clock and his views represent the majority of those who live in the county.

He investigates and stays on top of issues and travels the entire county.

In a recent interview Bridget Bailey-Nisley quoted her opponent as saying a budget is like a road map and inferred that was a bad thing. That quote came from a professor, is a standard phrase used in budgeting because that is what a budget is.

“You make your best assumptions based on known and unknown revenues and expenses.” Things don’t always go as planned. Emergencies, lower than expected revenues and increased costs necessitate adjustments. A different road is taken.

I’ve heard complaints that Rod spends too much time with veteran’s issues. Our military is an enormously important part of our community and deserves to be supported. What about the other issues Rod’s involved in? Northern Oregon Regional Corrections board, Mid-Columbia housing, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, The Community Action Program.

He was appointed by the governor to the Oregon Regional Solutions Team North Central Advisory Group. He works hard for our county.

I personally feel it is a conflict, even if it’s not against the law, to have a county commissioner whose husband is our county’s District Attorney and the county counsel. Mrs. Bailey-Nisley’s husband is both.I’m sure since both are attorneys they know the law. But common sense tells me this is not a good idea. None of the candidates running against Mr Runyon attended any county board meetings prior to filing for the position, I’d think if they were serious about this they would have.

Vote Rod Runyon.

Carol Roderick

The Dalles

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