June 3, 2021

No Means No

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Oregon’s state motto was adopted in 1987. It’s “Alis Volat Propriis,” which is Latin for “She Flies With Her Own Wings.” In many respects, that motto reflects the state’s pioneer spirit. But taken further, it’s almost become an excuse for Oregon to do things that none of the other 49 states are willing to do. A prime example is the…

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August 5, 2020

What Businesses Need to Succeed

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While running for Clackamas County Commissioner, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to business owners throughout the area. Even though they represent a variety of different industries, these entrepreneurs still have much in common with each other. They share several of the same concerns, especially since the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic and forced government closures that have…

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July 22, 2020

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

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As a combat veteran it is a point of pride for me to be able to say that I served my country honorably in multiple branches of the military. I chose to pursue a career as a military officer largely because I believe in the values that our great nation was built upon. Those values as set forth in our…

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July 15, 2020

Our Future is at a Crossroad

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This year has been unprecedented in terms of the challenges we collectively face as Americans. The effects of a global pandemic have caused significant disruption and the political reaction to it has caused further economic damage. Social unrest has manifested into troubling demonstrations all over the United States. Many of those protests have turned violent and escalated to clashes between…

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