To the editor: I’m writing this so our community knows about at least one complete failure by our county commission and some of their staff.
To the editor: If you like politicians who are honest, direct, plain speaking and make good things happen, please join me in voting for Steve Kramer for Wasco County Commissioner. In his first term in office, Commissioner Kramer has made a difference by being solution oriented, collaborative, direct, honest and seeking out diverse views and making himself accessible to Wasco County citizens.
More than 600 Wasco County citizens have either registered to vote, changed their party affiliation or updated their address since April 7 when the clerk’s office did its main ballot insertion for the May 17 primary.
Last year, police in The Dalles started getting calls from other police agencies, asking them, “What’s going on there? Our drug dealers are afraid to go to The Dalles.” What was going on was a regional drug task force went into high gear, cranking out 30-plus search warrants in 2015, up from around five or six the year before, when staffing was lower.
To the editor: Steve Kramer has been my brother-in-law for over 30 years. We have spent many hours together, in work, play, and volunteering. It may surprise some to know that he is a craftsman and a chef. He did a great job building a pathway and patio of pavers in our backyard. He and his wife Mary have put together many wonderful meals, and for a brief time were talked into doing some catering.
To the editor: Being born and raised in rural Wasco County and working in The Dalles for many years, I have grown to appreciate the importance of having a true rural representative, like Steve Kramer, on the Wasco County Board of Commissioners. While commissioners (or want to be commissioners) who live in the greater The Dalles area may say they understand rural issues (they say anything to get elected) from my experience only those who live and have worked in the rural area truly know the struggles and challenges rural Oregon faces on a daily basis.
To the editor: Many people have been saying that the Republican nomination process is not democratic because the person who gets the most primary votes may not get the nomination. But this is exactly how our presidential general election works. Al Gore got more votes than George W Bush in 2000, but Bush became president because he got more electoral votes. And had neither of them gotten a majority of electoral votes, as is possible for Donald Trump, then the process would go to the House of Representatives, who could then choose anybody they wanted to, whether they were a candidate or not.
To the editor: We support Rodger Nichols in his effort to become a Wasco County Commissioner. Rodger, as a reporter, has many years of experience in reporting the activities of local government in this region. He has witnessed both outstanding governance and some pretty poor examples.
To the editor: We have known Steve Kramer since he played on our Little League team. The same good qualities that Steve showed as a “little leaguer” are clearly evident today.
To the editor: On April 19, 2015, our family lost everything in a fire. As we approached the anniversary of that horrible day, we thought it would be a good time to let all those concerned know that we are doing well. And to thank all those wonderful people that were so helpful on that day and the months that followed.
To the editor: Rodger Nichols understands that Wasco County IS NOT Portland, nor is it Hood River. Wasco County is a rural, Eastern Oregon county with traditional American values that have, and continue to be, the strength of our communities.
To the editor: Now that the sun is shining, many homeowners will be digging into do-it-yourself projects.
To the editor: As neighborhoods in Portland contend with airborne toxins from Daimler Trucks North America and Bullseye Glass, it becomes apparent that getting the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fulfill its role as an environmental regulator requires the organized action of concerned citizens and local government.
To the editor: There is an interesting dynamic about to emerge in the 2016 Presidential race: The Libertarian presidential candidacy of former Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. He just polled nationally at 11 percent in a Monmouth University poll
To the editor: I have known and worked with Steve Kramer for the past seven years. First, during his tenure as manager of Mel’s Sanitary Service, and following that, during his past four years in the Wasco County Commissioner’s office.