October 21, 2020

Using Tax Dollars to Campaign for Tax Dollars

Media interview-cm

As voters in Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties are scheduled to decide on a payroll tax to pad Metro’s pockets, that agency is facing an elections complaint. The complaint was recently filed by Tootie Smith, the incoming chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. In the May primary election, Smith defeated incumbent chair Jim Bernard, who has been found…

Continue reading
October 7, 2020

Birds of a Feather

Supporters waving American flags at political campaign rally-cm

An old cliché states that you can judge a man by the company he keeps. If that’s the case, it certainly does not bode well for current Clackamas County Commissioner Ken Humberston, who has gone out of his way to be associated with outgoing Commissioner Jim Bernard. Bernard was defeated in the May primary election due largely to some of…

Continue reading
September 30, 2020

Just Say No to Metro

planning savings money of coins to buy a home, concept for property ladder, mortgage and real estate investment. for saving or investment for a house, growing business-cm

Ideally, government agencies exist to serve the public and solve problems. But it doesn’t always work out that way. Some agencies seem to do more to create and perpetuate those problems for the sake of justifying their own existence. And when those same problems persist, bureaucrats at those agencies claim it’s because they need more money. Taxes are raised over…

Continue reading
September 9, 2020

What Clackamas County Government Should be Doing

Historical Arch bridge over Willamette River in Oregon City, Oregon-cm

It’s no secret that our nation is divided. This is typically the case in election years, and especially when we’re set to decide our next presidential administration. All the heated rhetoric and soundbites circulate through traditional media outlets and are now shared and spread on social media, often causing longtime friends and family members to lose touch because they disagree…

Continue reading
September 2, 2020

Getting What We Paid For

Paying Highway Toll-cm

I’ve long maintained that freedom of mobility is a critical component of our quality of life. We are, and should be, free to travel and come and go as we see fit. I believe that one of government’s most important roles is to provide the infrastructure that makes this all possible and keep it up. We benefit from the use…

Continue reading
August 19, 2020

Clackamas County is on the Wrong Track

Heavy Traffic On The Interstate Highway-cm

After retiring from the military, I set about starting the next phase of my life as a civilian, and I settled into the home that I built north of Sandy. I was happy to enjoy the slower pace of life in my peaceful rural setting. After a while, I started looking around and noticing that things were not as good…

Continue reading