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  • Letter to the Editor: Phill Hamm

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    To The Editor: I support Dave Drotzmann for Oregon Senate District 29. I first met Dave when we served together on the Hermiston School District Board of Directors, more than 20 years ago. Since then I have seen his commitment to our Eastern Oregon values through his leadership as Mayor of Hermiston, his involvement, commitment and leadership within the League of Oregon Cities and in many other capacities like supporting high school sports, raising funds for the local football/track stadium or helping to raise funding to buil...

  • Letter to the Editor: Jordan Maley

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    To the Editor & Gilliam County voters, I plan to vote “No” on the recalls for the following reasons: 1) Recalls divide and damage the communities where they happen. The focus on common goals and cooperation that is necessary to the success of rural areas is clearly affected by the partisan, angry disagreements that always accompany recalls. There is already evidence that working and even family relationships are being strained by the divisions this latest recall effort has created. We cannot afford to sacrifice the gre...

  • Letter to the Editor: James Metzker

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Letter to the Editor: Well, another recall election is upon us, and I am again left to wonder if many voters are aware of or even care as to why they are being asked to vote to remove an elected official from office. Many I am aware of could not tell you why the original petitioners feel the need for a recall or why those reasons may or may not be important and warrant that extreme action. Instead of asking the hard questions, voters often insert their own justifications which could range from past grievances, feelings about...

  • Letter to the Editor: Walter Powell

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    To the Editor: A couple of weeks ago, I received an anonymous letter, as did other postal patrons. 1. If a letter is worth paying the postage for, it is worth signing. If you don’t wish to sign, then don’t send. 2. Refrain from capitalizing all of the letters in a sentence. We are not discussing the end of time as we know it. This is a worn and overused tactic. 3. Past County Judge discussion: with respect for all, one has been retired coming on eighteen years, one coming on twelve years, and one ran for reelection, and los...

  • Letter to the Editor: Judge Elizabeth Farrar Campbell

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    To the Editor and Gilliam County Voters, As I wrote last week, I’m proud of the progress we’ve made together over the last five years; investing more than $1 million to support small businesses, jumpstarting housing development, creating a permanent endowment to provide childcare access for all families, laying the groundwork to bring affordable, reliable, high-speed internet to every home in Gilliam County, and so much more. The choice before you is to continue this progress or to plunge Gilliam County into crisis. Oregon La...

  • Letter to the Editor: Bill Sutton

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Letter to the Editor: It is my honor and pleasure to highly recommend Honorable Cris Patnode for the position of County Judge in Oregon. I have known Judge Patnode for many years, through our membership in the National Judge’s Association. She worked her way through the various offices of NJA, from Secretary to President, and her service and professionalism was second to none. She has been an inspiration to me, as she understands the balance of being on the bench, between the human element and the legal element. As past P...

  • Letter to the Editor: Debbie Radie

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    To the Editor: With the May primary election fast approaching, we as voters have the opportunity to elect a leader who will bring fiscal responsibility and business-friendly policies to Oregon politics. That is why I am supporting Dave Drotzmann for state senator. Everyday expenses like groceries, medication, and housing are concerns for all Oregonians. We need leaders in Salem who will hold our government accountable for every dollar that is received and spent. During his time as Hermiston mayor, Dave has overseen...

  • Letter to the Editor: Mayor Paul Keefer

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Letter to the Editor: With the May primary election fast approaching, we as voters have the opportunity to elect new leaders who will bring fiscal responsibility to Oregon politics. That is why I am supporting Dave Drotzmann for state senator. As a small business owner, Dave understands the struggle of Oregonians working to afford everyday expenses like groceries, medication, and housing in the face of record inflation. We need leaders in Salem who will hold our government accountable for every dollar it spends, without...

  • Letter to the Editor: Heather Baumgartner

    Updated Apr 10, 2024

    Letter to the Editor: I support Dave Drotzmann for Senate District 29. His dedication and commitment to addressing critical issues make him the clear choice. Dave, as a small business owner, comprehends the challenges our local businesses face and is dedicated to providing necessary support for their success. His plans will foster economic growth and job creation in our district. Dave is invested in addressing our community's housing crisis, recognizing the need for affordable housing options to ensure safe and stable housing...

  • To The Editor: Ellen Wagenaar

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    To the Editor, I am writing in response to the letter to Gilliam County from Rachel Boyer in last week’s Times Journal. Gilliam County is audited yearly. These audits are kept in the Gilliam County Clerk's Office for public view. You will find no adverse findings. As an elected official, I welcome the investigation of “several” agencies. Rachel, I wish you the best in your future endeavors. —Ellen Wagenaar, Condon...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: April Aamodt

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    To the Editor, Gilliam County voters timing is everything. I have been studying budget law and the recall ballots will be mailed out this next week which does not give time for the county to adopt a budget and approve tax appropriations due to budget law timelines. That being said, I am not willing to put all my eggs in one basket. If two county court members are recalled there will not be a quorum to continue county business. The Governor of Oregon will appoint an interim county judge, that person will have to accept the... Full story

  • To the Editor: Sherman Co. Sheriff Brad Lohrey

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Dear Editor, It is disheartening to witness a recurring trend in our political landscape: individuals seeking elected positions with no intention of fulfilling their terms. This unethical practice not only undermines the trust of the electorate but also deprives voters of their rightful voice in governance. Whether it's judges, sheriffs, county commissioners, or other officials, the decision to run for office knowing that one will not complete their term is a betrayal of public trust. Elected positions are not stepping...

  • To the Editor: Arlington Mayor Jeff Bufton

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Letter to the Editor: I have been reading and listening to the comments made by the Elected County Court members and other folks about a total County shutdown if the recall is successful in removing some of the officials. Basically, the lights will have to be turned off and everyone will need to go home due to not having an operational budget in place! This is totally avoidable, I call on the Elected County Officials to step up and do the job duties of your station and move forward with implementing an emergency budget or...

  • To the Editor: Denny Newell

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Judge Elizabeth Farrar Campbell presented a million dollar (actually $1,143,600) contract for Court approval on February 7th. It was NOT approved. But if it had been, more than a million dollars would have gone to a Portland firm in exchange for 9,500 hours spent consulting 10 county organizations over the next three years. When asked, Judge Campbell was either unwilling or unable to identify the targeted organizations. Seems like a lot of money for an extraordinary number of hours. More disturbing is the fact Campbell’s p...

  • Letter to the Editor: Lenn Ball

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    When you can't defend your policy or actions the only thing left is fear mongering and scare tactics. The common theme of the County Commissioner's and the Judge. We can't get a budget done or passed if we get recalled. The lights will all go out in our county, no one will get paid, the seniors will suffer, and you will not have law enforcement. This is simply not true. We have consulted several Budget professionals with a combined budget writing and adopting experience of over 50 years, 5 times the level of our County Court...

  • To The Editor: From Gilliam Co. Judge Elizabeth Farrar Campbell

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    To the Editor and Gilliam County Voters, “Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving." – William Shakespeare (Othello) In last week’s edition, a letter to the editor drew comparisons between my time serving as Gilliam County Judge with the Elizabethan Era. While Mr. Ball intended this as a scathing indictment, I see it as a Comedy of Errors. Don’t get me wrong; there are many comparisons to draw between my tenure at Gilliam County and the Elizabethan Era. For instanc...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Terri Vasecka Atwood Clancy

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    To the Editor: I am working on my family history and two of the best years of my life were spent at 636th Radar Station in Condon, Oregon in the years 1968-1970. Back when your great paper was the “Condon Globe Times.” Many articles from then fill my scrapbook. I am feeling nostalgivc and wanted to write and let you know how much I loved your little town and my time at Condon High School. It was with such sadness that I had to leave before my Senior year when the base closed. I don’t know how many of my friends are still...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pat Shannon

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Thinking about the past week. Last week began in Salem participating in two Zoom interviews with applicants for a new Gilliam County position. Monday afternoon at AOC for the Health and Human Services Summit #5. Rushing home Tuesday morning and a telephone meeting while on the road with Trever Berry from CCS discussing best use for BHRN funding in Gilliam County. MCEDD meeting at 1:00 in the Gronquist Building and discussed adding the County to the MCEDD Strategic Plan becoming part of their economic development district....

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Laura Pryor

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Dear Editor: I believe I feel the same way many of your readers do. It is time to stop polishing the “what’s wrong” and get on with, “beginning to fix.” I suggest the following, at least, to get solution-thinking started. If something like this is already in the works. I apologize, and plead, my ongoing concern for a place I care about deeply. The existing County Court has the ability to begin that process. 1. They can appoint a volunteer Commission ( or any title they choose) of citizens to begin the process of Rebuildin...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rachel Boyer

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Dear Gilliam County, I am writing to encourage the citizens of Gilliam County to ask some critical questions of your incumbent elected officials, including those who are going to be on your ballot for the May primary election. I have been the Finance Director at Gilliam County since July 10, 2023. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), and I am a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). I have over 20 years of experience in Accounting/Finance and spent the last 8 years try...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lenn Ball

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    To the Editor The Elizabethan Era was when many historic plays and tragedies we all studied in school were written. Gilliam County is now nearing the end of our own tragedy (play) with our own Queen Elizabeth Farrar Campbell. Her court Jester has been Commissioner Pat Shannon, playing the lead role. First year Lady in Waiting Leah Watkins, with only a little over a year's experience, has played an excellent supporting role. Commissioner Leah Watkins appears to be changing her role, however, from Lady in Waiting to Aspiring...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Elizabeth Farrar Campbell, Gilliam County Judge

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    To the Editor and Gilliam County Voters, Yesterday, I filed paperwork with the Gilliam County Clerk’s Office requesting the voters allow me to continue serving them as Gilliam County Judge through the remainder of my term, which ends in January. Today, I am asking for your help in defeating this divisive and reckless waste of taxpayer resources by voting “no” on the recall election. One of the Chief Petitioners, Ms. Parm, has stated this effort is driven by her belief the people of Gilliam County should be able to “voic...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Leah Watkins

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    To the Editor, Currently recall petitioners have gathered enough signatures to submit to the County Clerk. A special recall election could potentially remove 2 of the 3 court members. The following are facts voters should consider as they cast their ballots, the effects of which could be devastating and long lasting for our county. If the recall is successful it will result in an emergency shut down of all county services, including furloughing all county employees. Elected Officials may choose to open their respective...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jim Hassing

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    To the Editor, My name is Jim Hassing and I am running for Gilliam County Judge. I have lived in Gilliam County most of my life. Spent three years in U.S. Army, six-time Exalted Ruler of the Condon Elks Lodge. I am going on ten years as Mayor of Condon. Right now with the way the county tax percentage distribution schedule is setup, there is a large difference between the North and South. Which is the Health, School, and Fire District. I feel the county can make up the difference so they are both equal between the north and...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jordan Maley

    Updated Mar 20, 2024

    To the Editor and Gilliam County residents, Rural counties across America are fortunate to be relatively peaceful places in a country increasingly divided by opposing viewpoints and even violence. But what is it that sets us apart? I believe it comes from a deeper tolerance of our differences and personal accountability to each other. In rural areas there are fewer of us to get the job done and make things work. Small counties and towns survive because we are communities of volunteers who pull together regardless of our...

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