Damascus Voters Choose To Turn Reigns Of Governance Over To The County
The majority of voters in Damascus, by a 2-1 margin chose to disincorporate the City in the May 2016 election. Approximately 60% plus turned out to vote, which is higher than most past May elections. As of July 18, 2016 Damascus will no longer be a self-governing entity with the privilege of its own home rule charter. All the City’s citizens and properties will come under the direct jurisdiction of Clackamas County. Some, that border on Happy Valley will apply to be annexed into that city. But the issues that have challenged those that stay as unincorporated county will still remain. Now, the County will control the processes to resolve them. Continue reading
Banned in Portland
WARNING: This article and by extension this newspaper should not be shown to children in thePortland Public School (PPS) system by order of the Portland School Board.
‘Banned in Portland’ may not yet have the same notoriety as ‘Banned in Boston’ or ‘Banned in Tennessee.’ But we are catching up. Please do not look for a centerfold in this newspaper showing some gorgeous gal, au natural. And don’t look for photos of Oregon politicians guilty of inappropriate sex. This isn’t about SEX. This is about something far more controversial: SCIENCE.
Yes, believe it or not, competent science is again deemed a threat to humanity by daring to doubt the Global Warming paradigm. It is as though we are back in 1925 Tennessee where fundamentalist followers of an old time religion were up in arms about Evolution replacing Creationism. Today the issue is Competent Science versus Catastrophism. Competent Science is that messy business where perpetually skeptical scientists argue the vital details of a very complex subject, in this case, the Earth’s climate. Continue reading
Oregon Governor’s Transgender Student “Guidance” Challenged By National Group Of Pediatricians
On May 16, 2016 Oregon Governor Kate Brown received a 6-page letter from Dr. Michelle A. Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians (ACP), a national organization of over twenty-thousand physicians and health professionals (www.best4children.org/). The ACP letter was in response to a 15-page Oregon Department of Education document titled ‘Guidance to School Districts: Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment for Transgender Students’ that was sent to all Oregon Superintendents.
In this letter to Governor Kate Brown, the American College of Pediatricians commends the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) for its “professed goal to foster a safe environment that is conducive to optimal learning for all students” however they go on to state that “We are gravely concerned, however, that the implementation of the ODE’s ‘Guidance to School Districts: Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment for Transgender Students’ issued May 5, 2016 will severely undermine this goal…[and] “will threaten the health, privacy, safety and learning experience of all students”. Continue reading
If Gambling Is a Problem, Who Is Responsible?
Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford.
In her public statement, the Governor said she opposes the addition of any more casinos because “even a single additional casino is likely to lead to significant efforts to expand gaming across Oregon to the detriment of the public welfare.”
Her concern for the public welfare is touching, but if one simply “follows the money” associated with the state’s own gambling franchise—the Oregon Lottery—it’s clear that the Governor has little regard for the health of Oregon citizens.
The Oregon Lottery is a state-run monopoly using a network of 3,939 retailers to offer players a wide choice of games, including Scratch-its, Keno, Powerball, Win for Life, Mega Millions, Lucky Lines, and Pick 4.
We Don’t Need Billion$ To Prevent Zika
Controlling mosquitoes and preventing diseases requires smarter policies, not more billions
By Paul Driessen and Robert Novak
The Zika virus is increasingly linked to serious neurological complications for pregnant women and microcephaly in newborns: smaller than normal heads and brains. It also affects areas of fetal brains that control basic muscular, motor, speech and other functions, leading to severe debilities that require expensive care throughout a person’s life.
The disease is becoming a crisis in Brazil, site of this year’s Summer Olympic Games. But cases continue to be reported in the United States, primarily among women who have traveled abroad, and Zika is reaching serious levels in Puerto Rico, other US territories, and many parts of Central and South America.
Real World Energy And Climate
“The sky is falling” scare stories have no place in public interest science or policy
Earth Day 2016 brought extensive consternation about how our Earth will soon become uninhabitable, as mankind’s activities of civilization trigger unstoppable global warming and climate change. President Obama used the occasion to sign the Paris climate treaty and further obligate the United States to slash its fossil fuel use, carbon dioxide emissions and economic growth.
I love this little blue planet and do all I can to preserve it for my children and grandchildren.
If I thought for even a second that the civilized activities of mankind are producing a threat to our planet, I would spend the rest of my life correcting the problems. However, after devoting a decade to carefully studying mankind’s impact on our climate, I am firmly convinced that the entire global warming/climate change campaign is based on a failed scientific theory.
In short, there is no dangerous manmade climate change problem.
“Who cares about your scientific study,” many people respond. “This is about loving a native environment. This is about escaping from the horrors of so-called civilization.” Continue reading
NWC Endorsement: Save the City of Damascus
We urge a NO vote on Measure 93
On May 17th, the question of Damascus disincorporation will be decided once and for all. The Northwest Connection recommends that city voters defeat Measure 93, and save their city.
We’ve covered the issue of Damascus’ municipal viability for years, through multiple administrations, tumultuous disagreements, and controversial rulings. We’ve been consistently against the dissolution of the city. We believe that the best hope for Damascans to chart their own course as a community is for them to stick together. Continue reading
Progress & Prosperity or Status Quo & Stagnation?
By Stephen Bates, Candidate for Clackamas County Commissioner
This article was published originally in 2014. It is being published with minor modification as it has the same meaning today as it did then.
Progress doesn’t happen by itself.
Progress will never come for Clackamas County as long as commissioners stand in the shadow of Portland decision makers. Continue reading
The City of Damascus is the Metro region’s first city since Oregon started regulating land use. There are many reasons why the City was formed, but my favorite excuse was a demand for Local Control.
Let’s start with why Damascus is such a battle ground. The little known fact of this battle is that those most involved in forming the City are now the ones trying to destroy it. The big reason, they are more worried about who gets to be in control than with results. The battle is really about who gets to claim to be in charge. But much like the Jerry Springer show, the simple problems are insurmountable not because you can’t figure them out. It’s because the people appear to be more interested in slapping other people than focusing on the result they are causing. Disincorporation will not solve the personal differences and might even make things worse. Helplessly delegating your own ability to make decisions has never helped anyone, usually things are made worse. Continue reading
The Vote in Damascus On Disincorporation Is Unconstitutional Says Damascus Resident and City Councilor.
James De Young, long-time resident of Damascus and current member of the City Council, announced on Wednesday, April 20, that he, as a private citizen, is challenging the constitutionality of Measure 93 which the people of Damascus will be voting on during the May 17 primary. Measure 93 is a vote on whether to disincorporate the City of Damascus.
In mid 2015 the State Legislature passed, and the Governor signed into law, House Bill 3085 which forces the people of Damascus to vote on disincorporation a second time (after such a vote failed in November, 2013). De Young has filed his complaint that this law is unconstitutional for three major reasons.
First, HB 3085 violates the Oregon Constitution. The legislature does not have the authority to mandate or initiate a special election on the issue of disincorporation. The legislature also cannot alter Damascus’ Charter and it cannot reduce the necessary majority to pass disincorporation. The legislature’s actions violate clear provisions in the Oregon Constitution that protect the right of a city to determine what legislation it will vote on when that legislation affects it alone. Continue reading