Opinion, Analysis, Discussion
What does the future hold?
History will record that President Obama and the Democratic party were willing to risk wrecking our country to enable their mandatory socialist scam, ObamaCare. The media reports blamed the Republicans and other parties because they would not risk our system of government, the one they had promised to serve and protect.Learn more »
Halloween is not for them
I really admire the sophomore teen from the Oct. 28 “Truth of Youth” panel who gave her feelings on Halloween celebrations. I, too, did some research and found her comments to be accurate and credible. In my search, I found that Halloween has horrible roots. It has pagan origins and is deeply rooted in ancestor and Satanic worship, witchcraft, and supposedly, contacting spirits of the dead.Learn more »
The Butterfly Effect is a metaphor, which, loosely translated, means the existence of seemingly insignificant moments can alter history and shape destinies. Initially unrecognized, these moments create connections of cause and effect that in retrospect have clearly changed the course of a human life or triggered a momentous event to occur.
In terms of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordon Cove energy project, any decision by the Douglas County Planning Commission to allow the export of natural gas has the potential to devastatingly alter the lives of Douglas County residents, harm our country’s natural resources, and damage our fragile indigenous environment. Granting a Canadian corporation permission to export natural gas to other foreign and competing interests may be perceived as seemingly insignificant. However, it has the very real potential to detrimentally affect the global economic future of the United States in unimaginable ways over the long term.Learn more »
Statistics fly thick and fast at every point on the calendar, picking up speed as an old year wanes and a new one draws nearer. Plenty of them are a source of outrage or chagrin. One that surfaced last week ought to make everybody sit up and ask one question: How could this happen?
The information in question came from a report released Nov. 21 — exactly a week before Thanksgiving — by the Oregon Department of Education. State officials say that about 300 Douglas County students were homeless at some point during the 2012-13 school year. Statewide, that number is 18,165.Learn more »
In its 21st year, the Festival of Lights may be one of our area’s finest achievements.
What began with a $150,000 loan by the Rotary Club of Roseburg has become one of the most spectacular Christmas light displays in the West, featuring more than 500,000 bulbs on nearly 100 eye-popping displays.Learn more »
Disagreement without hatred
My heart aches when I see all the nasty, hateful letters regarding President Obama and ObamaCare. There are bound to be glitches when everything is changing for millions of people. It takes time to get all the details to work right. We need to be patient. President Obama didn’t “lie.” Something unexpected was bound to happen, which he couldn’t foresee.Learn more »
A community is compassionate
As I listened to the comments by the City Council and the mayor of Roseburg, I was horrified and discouraged to have them represent our town. This is not what a community is about and to have the audacity to call upon the homeless as “not desperate enough” to have expensive tents is beyond reprehensible. All of this stems from just requesting support for a safe, drug- and alcohol-free space for a few people to sleep over the winter? This is a very meager request to help give a little stability and safety for someone.Learn more »
Obama agenda questioned
Is the most powerful man on earth incompetent or a liar? President Obama recently claimed he was unaware that the website for his signature health care law was not ready for rollout. This is the most important accomplishment of his administration. Yet he had no idea of the condition of the key component before its debut? Is he inept or lying?Learn more »
Freeman for commissioner
Thanksgiving is a great time to pause and express gratitude to those we love or who have impacted our lives. Sometimes though, there are people who are overlooked. We want to take a moment to express our thanks to someone who works hard for our community — State Rep. Tim Freeman.Learn more »
Restore public access to info
Less than a week after tax bills were sent out to Douglas County property owners — many of which had grossly inflated values — County Assessor Susan Acree ordered the public access terminals to be removed from the assessor’s office after being available for more than 10 years. Acree ordered the removal of the two public access terminals to allegedly ease congestion in the hallway. There were no visitors in the office except myself.Learn more »
Local church is not a cult
Because the Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Church had a psychic fair at the church near Halloween, some folks think we’re a cult. The 3U Church has served the liberal community in Douglas County since 1957.Learn more »
The long-awaited forest management plan has arrived from Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden.
It’s too bad it’s taken almost the entire year since Wyden became chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee before producing a bill, because it doesn’t look favorable for Douglas County. And there’s little time left to reconcile the bill with similar House-passed legislation before Wyden is expected to move on to the Senate Finance Committee next year.Learn more »
Editor’s Note: The bottom of this column was inadvertently cut off when it was originally posted to the website on Dec. 1. It’s now available in its entirety.
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Homelessness hits the news
The Roseburg City Council’s hostility to creating a safe, legal camp space for those without housing has made news across the state, appearing in newspapers in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Ashland, Astoria, and Klamath Falls, among other places. The news has even crossed state borders, having been reported in newspapers in Washington, California, and Indiana.Learn more »
Gratitude is a common theme in late November, and its effects can last a lot longer than the tryptophan sedative from today’s turkey.
That’s important, because we as humans have a tendency to fret.Learn more »
I want to wish all my faithful readers, and the ones who disagreed with my liberal intentions through the 12 years I resided in Roseburg, a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very merry holiday season.
Having moved from the West Coast where I spent the last 37 years of my life to a suburb some 35 miles northwest of Chicago, I find it takes a bit of getting used to the bustling life filled with road delays due to construction and heavy traffic. There are many more stores and more restaurants. I almost feel, sometimes, that I never left New York or Los Angeles, two cities I know only too well. Yes, life has changed, but not altogether.Learn more »
It’s a quality of life issue
Alex Loznak’s Nov. 15 guest column concerning the bad idea of a liquefied natural gas pipeline being rammed down the throats of Oregon citizens was tremendously impressive.Learn more »
Another view of NRA leadership
I’d like to comment on a Nov. 15 letter concerning the National Rife Association leadership and its stand about universal background checks on gun buyers.Learn more »
Two things happened to get me to write this op-ed. First, a good Portland friend passed through our city of Roseburg filled with the thrill of the beauty that is part of our topography.
Secondly, I was standing in line to pick up a prescription and a word hit me: “exquisite.” As an artist, I find paintings and beauty are well in the realm of creating the fullness of this human experience.Learn more »
Other voices: Enforce tobacco laws to reduce illegal smokingNovember 27, 2013 —
Fifteen percent of 11th graders in Lane County are smokers. Eighteen percent of adults smoke. Those figures strongly suggest that most smokers become addicted before it’s legal for them to buy tobacco. That points to a simple strategy for reducing smoking’s terrible toll: Enforce the law.
Enforcing tobacco laws may seem like a roundabout way of reducing fetal and infant mortality, but in fact the connection is direct. Twenty percent of premature births in Lane County are connected to tobacco use. Seventeen percent of pregnant women in Lane County are smokers, and most of them started before they could legally buy cigarettes. Enforcing the law would curtail underage smoking, which would reduce infant mortality.
That’s only one of many connections between underage smoking and public health. Tobacco is linked to seven times as many deaths in Lane County each year as alcohol, and 35 times as many as illegal drugs. If that many people were dying every year because of heroin or cocaine, the county would declare a state of emergency. But people are dying every day of cancer or heart disease caused by tobacco — a product to which most users became addicted before they could purchase it legally.
Yet the laws against underage smoking are enforced lightly. In sting operations conducted by the state police, 16-year-olds succeed in attempts to buy cigarettes 20 percent of the time in Oregon. The average success rate in 34 other states is 10 percent.
It’s relatively easy for young people to buy cigarettes in Oregon because selling them is a low-risk proposition. The state fine is $100, no matter how many violations occur. The state levies fines against individual clerks, not the stores that train and employ them.
Lane County public health officials are contemplating proposing a county license for tobacco retailers, with the revenue being used to pay for an enforcement program.
A robust state enforcement program — supported by license revenues, tobacco taxes or both — would be preferable to a county program. But the state’s efforts to combat underage smoking are manifestly inadequate.
The owners of retail outlets where illegal tobacco sales occur should face some sanction — lazy or overworked clerks may be to blame in some cases, but their employers are the ones who must adopt strict policies. Fines should escalate with each repeat violation. Chronic violations should result in the loss of a retailer’s license to sell tobacco.
The cost of licenses, compliance and fines would fall upon retailers, who would warn of increases in their prices. Any increase should be reflected in the price of tobacco, rather than being spread across all products. Improved enforcement and higher prices would be a powerful combination; ready availability of tobacco at an affordable price are the conditions that allow many teenagers to acquire the habit.
The county licensing idea is a long way from taking shape. But the target of a licensing program is one that deserves to be squarely in the county’s sights. Underage smoking lies at the root of the county’s worst and most preventable health problems — and it’s already illegal.
The Associated Press provided access to this editorial.
Pledge to address climate changeNovember 26, 2013 —
Thanksgiving: It is a time when we gather with family and friends to share feelings of gratitude for that which we have been blessed. But we also reflect upon those who are struggling to sustain themselves — the poor who cannot put food on their table for themselves and their children.
We know that this is a holiday on which we give thanks but are also thankful for giving. It is with a generosity of spirit that religious and community organizations come together to distribute food to make sure that dinner plates and stomachs are not empty during this holiday.
So for a caring community such as ours, it must give us pause when we read the recently released report on the impacts of global warming by the International Panel on Climate Change.
Representing the consensus of 191 countries, the IPCC draft report stated what climate change will mean for our food production and especially its effect on the poor. During each decade of this century, our global food production could drop as much as 2 percent.
What makes matters worse is that demand for food could increase up to 14 percent each decade. As a result of this widening gap, food shortages will occur and prices will rise. In fact this trend is already happening. Food price increases in recent years have been tied, in part, to climate change-related extreme heat waves.
The most tragic part is that the poor will bear the burden of climate change.
The report stated the most vulnerable are the tropical countries with already high poverty rates. Increased famine will hit poor countries because of temperature and rain changes.
And when the global average temperature reaches 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit higher than it is now, the worldwide income will begin to fall. The report summarized its findings this way:
“Throughout the 21st century, climate change impacts will slow down economic growth and poverty reduction, erode food security and trigger new poverty traps, particularly in urban areas ... (It) will exacerbate poverty in low and middle income countries and create new pockets of poverty in upper middle to high income countries ...”
Even our basic shelter needs will be threatened due to increased flooding as a result of a projected sea level rise of up to 3 feet by century’s end. But there is hope: Our children.
In October, 1,000 students and children across our community created artwork on 16-inch cardboard tiles expressing what they can do about climate change. These tiles were laid out on the courthouse lawn in the design of a 90-foot-long steelhead, symbolizing our love for Douglas County. This was followed by inspiring speeches led by high school students.
For the IPCC has made clear what they are facing:
It is 95 to 100 percent certain that human-caused global warming is occurring
To keep our planet livable, we can burn no more than one-third of our remaining fossil fuel supply. At the present rate, we will do this by 2040 — the prime of our children’s lives.
But our generation can take a stand now:
We can support replacing dirty fossil fuel plants with clean, renewable energy.
We can oppose plans to export coal, oil and liquid natural gas from northwest ports.
We can say “no” to the Keystone pipeline that would transport dirty oil from Canada.
Thomas Stocker, co-chair of the IPCC, called climate change “The greatest challenge of our time. It threatens our planet, our only home.”
But I share the optimism of Chris Field, who headed the IPCC’s report on food.
“The reason I’m not depressed is because I see the difference between a world in which we don’t do anything and a world in which we try hard to get our arms around the problem.”
So in this Thanksgiving holiday season, let us commit to sharing what we have with those in need. And let us pledge to ourselves and to each other we will indeed address this problem of climate change and leave to our children a world for which they can be thankful.
Stuart Liebowitz is a board member of the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition. He has been a Roseburg resident for 30 years and can be reached at 541-672-9819.
Editorial: Roseburg council wasn’t being cruel when it nixed campNovember 26, 2013 —
The Roseburg City Council was right to turn down Occupy Roseburg’s request to set up a homeless camp. It will save the city of someday having to dismantle a homeless camp.
Keep in mind, though, councilors didn’t turn their backs on the neediest. Rather, they recognized the folly of a camp. The next step will be to find practical ways of helping the homeless.
Occupy Roseburg asked the city for property, portable toilets and trash cans. The camp would have purportedly been self-policing.
The camp presented an obvious problem: Where would it be welcome? The answer: Probably nowhere.
There was a deeper problem, though.
The need for a camp didn’t seem to be based on the proposition that the homeless have no place to go; it was based on the idea that some homeless people didn’t like the available options.
The options demand staying sober and following rules. Well, that’s how society works. At the minimum, we have to be on time and not get drunk at lunch. The homeless camp seemed to be a request to let some people operate outside the norms. It wasn’t a plea to help the neediest; it was plea to leave them alone.
For any place or organization to function and not descend into chaos, there needs to be structure and authority. A self-governing homeless camp didn’t sound promising. It didn’t sound particularly safe or sanitary for its inhabitants, either.
It also didn’t sound like anything that would lead to Roseburg having fewer homeless people in the long run.
The City Council made clear at its Nov. 18 meeting that it will not sanction a homeless camp. But the most interesting thing that came out of the discussion is that councilors are sensitive to the plight of the homeless. There’s too much poverty, mental illness and social disintegration not to be concerned. The council just didn’t think a camp was the answer.
Roseburg residents have proven their generosity over and over. There is, undoubtedly, popular support for alleviating suffering by the homeless.
Maybe the city could help shelter the homeless on nights that are cold or wet or both. Volunteers open a warming center in a Roseburg church on nights when the temperature is expected to drop to 30 degrees or below. The shelter has to set limits because its resources are limited. But that leaves many crummy nights that the shelter won’t be open.
Many private groups, some with the aid of government, have long sought to feed, clothe and shelter the homeless. The problem, however, is intractable. Progress will require a spirit of cooperation, not occupation.
Letter: Agreement needed on purpose and function of forestsNovember 25, 2013 —
Reason for Federal land
In the Publisher’s Notebook article “Listen to a woman explain why we need to manage our forests” (The News-Review, Nov. 10), we see once more why we get nowhere in resolving the questions concerning the management of federal lands.
Ms. Karen Jones-McCann throws up “straw man” arguments and refutes them. The conservationists in Oregon do not “suggest that loggers love killing trees” and few if any conservationists desire to “stop the harvesting of trees” on federal lands, much less on private lands.
Such “very one-sided emotional stance[s]” exist only in Ms. Jones-McCann’s mind.
The issue that many have with Ms. Jones-McCann and some other timber industry spokespersons is not about killing trees or what “trees were created for.” The issue is whether we are to manage our federal forests as forests or as resource-based timber production tree farms to the exclusion of other forest values.
We can debate the science. We can debate the facts. But so long as we disagree concerning the basic purpose and function of federal lands, we will be unable to reach compromise.
Finally, it is the conservation movement that speaks for the vast majority of “voiceless people” in this nation (the owners of these federal forest lands) when we say clear-cutting and conversion of the federal forests to commercial tree farms is a thing of the past, for we really do believe that “Mother Nature” does know what she was doing.
Daniel C. Robertson
Letter: Gay rights issues: who should judge?November 25, 2013 —
Perspective on gay rights
In a recent letter to the editor, the writer decried efforts to overthrow Measure 36, Oregon’s ban on gay marriage. He described this pursuit as a violation of the Constitutional rights of the voters of Oregon.
It is interesting how often those who argue against gay marriage insist their cause is a political one. Nope. It’s religious, pure and simple. These people believe they have a conduit directly to God and that they know exactly what’s best, not only for themselves, but for all people on Earth. I anticipate a rude awakening for some when Jesus returns. When they least expect it, they will get a vigorous tap on the shoulder.
“Why did you treat your brothers and sisters with such scorn?” Jesus is likely to ask. “Judgment and vengeance belong to the Lord, not to you!” He will heave a weary sigh and conclude, “It’s the Lake of Fire for you, Bubba.”
Scott D. Mendelson
Letter: America needs strong, moral leadershipNovember 25, 2013 —
Fix government, restore hope
Recent news media survey polls show 60 percent or higher felt this is what’s wrong with Washington, D.C.:
1. We are sick of Washington, D.C., being so dysfunctional.
2. So much corruption in Washington, D.C.
3. Just throw them all out of office, even my congressman.
4. They are dishonest and lie to the American people.
5. They are self-centered, only look out for themselves and their party; couldn’t care less for the needs of the people they serve.
The current circumstances in Washington, D.C., make the following connection obvious to understand. Satan’s ultimate goal is to undermine all of God’s authority and bring the world to a state of lawlessness. For generations, Satan sought to subvert the authority of national governments. His most effective weapons of destruction have been corruption, self-serving, dishonesty, immorality and greed. The president, the leader of the free world, has taken actions that appear to be pathetic. With the recent government shutdown and deadlocks over increasing the debt ceiling and the budget, some type of compromise was likely. Then it’s business as usual. I see no hope. Washington, D.C., remains hopelessly corrupt and dysfunctional.
The world as we know it is on a crash course with the scriptural reality called the tribulation, a time that will give new meaning to the word “chaos.”
Editorial: Reductions in D-Bug project are disappointingNovember 24, 2013 —
The ongoing opposition to the D-Bug Hazard Reduction Timber Sale near Diamond and Lemolo lakes is disappointing.
Nearly a decade ago, the Forest Service initiated the sale to rid the forest of dead and dying trees that had been infested with the aggressive mountain pine beetle.
The agency devised a landscape-scale effort in hopes of preventing a wildfire of grand proportions that would threaten the resorts, summer homes and visitors to the recreation areas — locations that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.
The plan was to offer some commercial logging so the revenues could help pay for non-commercial thinning. That allowed the project to fit into the Forest Service’s dwindling budget while also meeting the goals of opening up the forest. The goal was to slow the movement of the pine beetles and flames.
Environmental groups objected, so the Forest Service scaled back the project from 10,000 acres to about 8,600 acres.
The reduction still didn’t satisfy opponents, who criticized the harvest size and location as well as the roads and trails that would be used by loggers. At the same time, critics used the proximity of beautiful Crater Lake and their wilderness proposal to gain supporters.
Under threat of litigation, the D-Bug project was reduced again, dropping down to about 5,800 acres.
With slightly less than 1,000 acres left to thin, the project continues to divide those who care about the forest and recreation areas.
Preservationists don’t want a logging road to be built, despite assurances from the Forest Service that it would be temporary. They also oppose the removal of any large, older trees, whose sales could offset the cost of thinning in other areas.
We can’t help but wonder if these folks look at the science and ponder the possibilities.
Most of the trees in the area are 80 to 100 years old. A Forest Service entomologist has said the beetle infestation is typical for that age of trees. Scientists know there was a similar outbreak at Diamond Lake between 1900 and 1920. Today’s trees likely sprouted after fires at that time.
Now, the dead trees are perfect tinder for a severe wildfire that could rage for miles, trapping visitors who have just two evacuation routes from the forest resorts.
We agree that the beauty of Diamond and Lemolo lakes and the surrounding forests are treasures. But we can’t take the chance they will go up in flames, when there’s a plan for managing the forests.
It’s possible that the overall project has become so diluted that there won’t be enough fuel breaks to slow the flames when lightning strikes.
We’ll know that we supported the effort to save our forest, the summer homes and visitors. Will those who opposed D-Bug at every turn feel good about their stance when wildfire breaks out?
Publisher’s Notebook:Thankful for something greater, whatever it may beNovember 24, 2013 —
This is generally the time we give thanks to God for providing our bountiful harvest.
I know…we’re not supposed to use God in a sentence because it may offend those who prefer a Tooth Fairy, or are perhaps easily offended.
Back then the Pilgrims and Protestants didn’t have a Walmart, so they had to go out and shoot and grow dinner and believed they were able to do that through the grace of God.
As president of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide Thanksgiving celebration in America marking Nov. 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours (sic) of Almighty God.”
The Tooth Fairy didn’t come along for a few years, when Hallmark needed a revenue boost.
There is plenty to be thankful for around The Ackerman Household this week. We really don’t harvest much of anything but eggs, so I’ll start there.
Thank you, God, for delivering our chickens. They have been producing more than we can eat, so we give some of the eggs to Casa de Belen each week. I’ve become sort of the Bubba Gump of eggs, always reminding the young people at that homeless center that there are a lot of ways to cook eggs.
“You can fry ’em.”
“You can scramble ’em.”
“You can make French toast.”
“You can make omelettes.”
“You can make a cake.”
“You can hard boil ’em.”
“You can even eat them raw.”
They are always grateful for the eggs and make sure to save the cartons for me.
I do wish the chickens didn’t eat so much and it would be really great if God made chickens so they didn’t poop all over their water dishes, but nobody said the egg business would be a piece of cake.
Most of the rest of what we eat at The Ackerman Compound comes from a store. I assume it was grown or harvested at some point and that whoever did that probably thanked God for helping.
I simply thank God that I have enough money in the bank to buy the food that feeds my family and my chickens, dogs, doves and cat. I’ve lived in places where they actually eat the pet dog for Thanksgiving, so my dogs ought to thank God that they stink too bad to eat and that I can still afford a turkey.
“Dear God, thanks for this dog we are about to eat. He was always good with the children and if we had a newspaper subscription I’m sure he would have fetched it. But he also ate the chickens we were supposed to have for dinner, so he’ll have to do.”
The Pilgrims didn’t have cable TV, so they weren’t really exposed to the diversity of religions around the world. God was all they knew, and they drew their strength from him.
It’s not a bad idea to believe in something greater, so whatever or whomever that is, Thanksgiving is a time to pause and thank that person, or deity.
When it comes to the actual Thanksgiving feast, well, it’s not a very good use of time, if you ask me. Six to eight hours of preparation just to watch a table full of people shred it to pieces in less than an hour.
And if you’re going to shred a once-beautiful meal, you may as well do it with people who love to argue. I used to invite my sisters to Thanksgiving until they started crying and punching each other. They’ve never forgotten all the stolen boyfriends, underpants, bras, makeup and nail polish they use to fight to the death to protect.
I learned to keep my mouth shut and stay out of the line of fire. I did remind them that they should plan Thanksgiving at their own homes next year, because if they come to my house, I’m not opening the door.
And even though New England was purported to be home for the first official Thanksgiving feast in the United States, Tom Brady wouldn’t be born for another 350 years, so there was no Thanksgiving football game.
Back then they actually had to have conversations. Imagine having to sit around a table with a bunch of friends and family with no cellphones. How did they ever cope?
I think my favorite part of Thanksgiving is carving the turkey. There really is a right and wrong way to carve a turkey. If you want a quick lesson, just check out YouTube. There is nothing worse than watching a drunken relative destroy a turkey you spent half a day cooking.
The second best part of Thanksgiving is the next day. Chinese food, spaghetti and turkey always taste better the second day. Same goes for meatloaf.
Thank God for turkey sandwiches.
As we give thanks for what we have — whether harvested or purchased — Thanksgiving is also a good time to lend a helping hand to those in need. You don’t need to look far to see the need that is all around us.
We are a community of givers, and I’m thankful to be part of it.
Jeff Ackerman is publisher of The News-Review. He can be reached at 541-957-4263 or email@example.com
Letter: Alzheimer’s disease, care and costs are growingNovember 22, 2013 —
Help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. It is also National Caregiver Month. Many options exist as to the best way to raise awareness about this devastating disease and to honor the individuals who care for those who have it. One way to do both is to ensure the goals outlined in the National Alzheimer’s Plan are achieved.
Alzheimer’s is not a Republican or Democratic issue; it affects all of us. It was encouraging when Congress signaled its recognition of this fact by creating and passing, on a unanimous and bipartisan basis, the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. This legislation prompted the creation of the first National Alzheimer’s Plan for the United States.
The costs for Alzheimer’s care and services continue to rise, straining our overwhelmed health-care system and threatening to bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2013, Alzheimer’s will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.
Congress must demonstrate its understanding of the financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease and come together, once again, to commit the necessary resources to begin to change the trajectory of this devastating disease.
It is the responsible thing to do, and it’s the right thing to do.
Letter: See the man behind the titles in Douglas CountyNovember 22, 2013 —
Vote Freeman for local voice
I want you to know what Tim Freeman will bring to our county, its people and institutions as Douglas County commissioner. Tim has been a member of the Roseburg City Council and currently is our state representative for a district that already comprises half the county’s population.
Tim grew up here. He is involved in our community in so many ways. He has dealt with challenges large and small that affect us right here on the ground. Tim is effective and he is someone we can rely on.
Tim retains a perspective for what is important to us here. He calls himself an auto mechanic. As such, he locates a problem and finds an affordable solution.
Throughout most of Tim’s time in the Oregon Legislature, I worked at Umpqua Community College in a job that required me to maintain close contact with our lawmakers. I know that Tim Freeman understands the value that UCC brings to our community. He knows how it prepares us with the knowledge and skills we need in today’s workplaces and offers us an affordable two years’ higher education in the arts and sciences. Tim works well with UCC’s students, faculty and administrators to keep this local treasure accessible to Douglas County’s residents.
My point here is to give you a glimpse of the man behind the titles. City councilman, state representative; he is a proven leader, with honesty and integrity, who should become Douglas County commissioner.