The INDEPENDENT, April 21, 2011 Where to Find Them U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (Dem) 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 585 Portland OR 97232 Phone: 503-326-7525 223 Dirksen Senate Ofc. Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510-0001 Phone: 202-224-5244 E-Mail: http://wyden.senate.gov/ contact Website: http://wyden.senate. gov U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (Dem.) One World Trade Center 121 SW Salmon St., Suite 1250 Portland, OR 97204 Phone: 503-326-3386 313 Hart Senate Ofc. Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-3753 E-Mail: http://merkley.senate. gov/contact WebSite: http://merkley.senate. gov U.S. Representative David Wu (Dem) OR District 1 620 SW Main, Suite 606 Portland, OR 97205 Phone: 503-326-2901 2338 Rayburn House Ofc. Bldg. Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-0855 Website: http://house.gov/wu Senator Betsy Johnson (Dem) Senate District 16 PO Box R, Scappoose, OR 97056 Phone: 503-543-4046 900 Court St. NE, S-314 Salem, OR 97301 Phone: 503-986-1716 E-mail: sen.betsyjohnson@ state.or.us Website: http//www.leg.state.or. us/johnson Representative Brad Witt (Dem) House District. 31 21740 Lindberg Road, Clatskanie, OR 97016 Phone: 503-728-4664 900 Court St. NE, H-373 Salem, OR 97301 Phone: 503-986-1431 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http//www.leg.state.or. us/witt Representative Deborah Boone (Dem) House District 32 PO Box 926 Cannon Beach, OR 97110 Phone: 503-717-9182 900 Court St. NE, H-375 Salem, OR 97301 Phone: 503-986-1432 E-mail: rep.deborahboone@ state.or.us Website: http//www.leg.state.or. us/boone Franklin D. Roosevelt on Private Power Letters Urges support for The first truth is that the Sheriff’s tax levy liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tol- erate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state it- self. That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individ- ual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. — Franklin D. Roosevelt, "Recommendations Rela- tive to the Strengthening and Enforcement of Anti-trust Laws" Page 3 To the Editor: In December of 2009, your Board of County Commission- ers (BOCC) established a 21 member Law Enforcement Ad- visory Committee to take a hard look at law enforcement servic- es in Columbia County. The charge from the BOCC was very broad and encouraged the citizen group to look at all the options and to come up with recommendations that would be considered by the BOCC. This citizen effort identified and researched over a dozen op- tions and came up with two rec- ommendations that were pre- sented to the BOCC in April of 2010. Those recommendations are now the basic elements of an issue placed on the ballot for all the citizens of the county to consider. The results of that work now are on the ballot as Measure 5- 210, for a decision by the citi- zens of the county. An affirma- tive vote will greatly enhance the safety of citizens within the county, and provide for the proper operation of the county jail. Taken together, the long term economic viability of the county will be enhanced. A safe community with the ability to lock up criminals is very impor- tant to proper livability and eco- nomic development. Passage of Measure 5-210 will provide a stable funding source for county law enforce- ment and ensure to all, that Co- lumbia County is a safe place to live and work. I would en- courage every citizen to vote in the affirmative to help guaran- tee stable funding for the Co- lumbia County Sheriff’s Office. Help to ensure that the hard work of 21 local citizens be- comes reality. Thank you, Paul Koch Gresham Policy on Letters The INDEPENDENT will not publish letters with per- sonal attacks on private citi- zens. Preference will be giv- en to brief letters, 300 words or less. All letters must be signed and include a verifiable ad- dress or phone number. Salem Scene By Representative Brad Witt Oregon District 31 As you can imagine, I get letters on a daily basis asking me to support legislation on a number of issues, or conversely, to do whatever I can to see that some legislation dies a quiet death. Lately, a lot of letters are focused on the budget and what peo- ple think we should cut in order to balance the state’s books. Nothing is done in a vac- uum, however, and everything that we do has a profound consequence for some- one. This week, I would like to give you just a brief overview of the budget as proposed by the Co-Chairs of Ways and Means, the committee charged with devising how the state should spend its money over the next two years. First of all, I want to emphasize that these numbers are not cast in stone, although they are based on the best estimate of antici- pated revenue as based on the March revenue forecast. Every- thing will solidify after the May 12th forecast. Right now, the agreed upon scenario for the 2011-13 General Fund & Lottery Funds Total Budget is $14.380 billion, which reflects a $310 mil- lion Ending Balance (reserves). By far the largest budget is Education, at over 50% of general fund/lottery revenues, with Human Services, Public Safety and Other Programs splitting the rest of the pie. Needless to say, when we think about cutting programs, every- thing helps, but some things help more than others. For instance, figuring out a better health care delivery system might save much more than cutting Oregon Project Independence, the cost-effec- tive program that keeps seniors in their own homes, instead of sending them to costly nursing homes. As the Sub-Committees of Ways and Means continue to work through remaining budgets, they will be guided by the constant re- minder that money is scarce but people are important. Slashing programs without regard to the consequences will only create hav- oc and cause us to spend more in the long run. Floor Action… Last week, I carried HB 3215A on the floor of the House. This bill prohibits convicted felons from purchasing hunting licenses and tags in Oregon. Current law prohibits individuals from pos- sessing firearms if they have been convicted of a felony, or found guilty of a felony except for insanity. Unfortunately, the very same felons are today free to purchase gun-based hunting licenses and tags in Oregon. If these licenses or tags are used, it means that either the felons are using guns or someone else is using the tags and licenses, both of which are unlawful. The bill passed 41-15. The 15 who voted against the bill? I don’t know what they were thinking… Last Thursday, former Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter was honored by the Oregon House as my colleague, Rep. Jeff Barker, and I led the passage of HB 3354, which renames the portion of US Highway 30 between St. Helens and Rainier as the “Chief Ralph Painter Memorial Highway”. As I told my colleagues, “If you were lucky enough to know Ralph Painter, you know that he was the guy who came to your house in the middle of the night to help repair your broken water pipe, or the guy who took your kids on a day-long fishing trip with his children, whom he dearly loved. We were fortunate to have Ralph Painter as our Police Chief and I know his family will be very grateful for this honor. This is a fitting honor that recognizes the in- credible role Chief Painter played as our chief and as our friend.” The bill passed unanimously and now moves on to the Senate where Senator Betsy Johnson, as chief co-sponsor, will carry the bill. Bills of Interest... • SB 846 Directs Dept. of Transportation to adopt standards for bicycle trailers designed for human passengers. • SB 695 Creates unlawful practice of manufacturing, distribut- ing, or offering for sale child’s beverage container, container for in- fant formula or reusable bottle lined with Bisphenol A or replace- ment material that is carcinogenic or is reproductive toxicant. • SB 945 Prohibits manufacturers or other specified persons from knowingly selling brake friction material or motor vehicles or trailers with brake friction material containing specific amounts of certain fibers or elements that are hazardous when released into state waterways. • SB 538 Requires Dept. of Human Services to adopt rules re- quiring drug testing of adult applicants for and recipients of public assistance. • HB 2020 Directs state agencies to report to Ways & Means ra- tio of agency employees to supervisory employees/managerial positions/ number of manager who do not supervise. • HB 2229 Establishes Oregon Homeless Veterans Coalition in Dept. of Veterans Affairs.