Letters to the Editor

Wed
15
Apr

McDole thanks OSD supporters

Dear voters in the Oregon School District,

We just finished a lively, challenging race for School Board. You have chosen to maintain the status quo for now. 

The current Board has had its challenges, and we can only hope they pull together to handle the challenges ahead with the upcoming state biennium budget. 

I thank all my supporters for their faith in my abilities, and offer my best wishes to all in the School District.

Marilyn McDole
Village of Oregon

Wed
08
Apr

Thanks for supporting OHS math

On behalf of the mathematics department at Oregon High School, I want to thank all of the students, parents, and community members who took part in our Pi Day eve festivities on Friday, March 13.  

Pi Day, 3/14, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of mathematics in our lives, and to experience the beauty of mathematics.

I want to give a special thank you to the local businesses that displayed a Pi Day message on their marquees.  

By supporting our school activities, you strengthen our entire community. Thank you very much for your ongoing support of the students in the Oregon School District.

Dave Ebert
Oregon High School

Fri
03
Apr

Library continues to move into the future

came across a quote recently from an unknown source. “You can’t expect to meet the challenges of today with yesterday’s tools and expect to be in business tomorrow.” 

This speaks to the constant technology changes required in many organizations today just stay current. This includes our libraries.

A few years ago, it seems, only books were available for checkout. Now there are movies on DVD and books on CD. Books on Tape are pretty much extinct. 

All the music is on CDs, not LPs anymore. In fact, a lot of people simply download the tunes they want onto their mobile devices. 

The Oregon Public Library, like so many other libraries, is keeping pace with these changes. 

Fri
03
Apr

Zach: Clarifying allegations in a letter

In a letter in last week’s Observer, Ms. Shedivy claims that I refused to have the Board’s bargaining committee meet with the teachers’ union during the 2013-2014 contract negotiations. 

That is not true. 

The Human Assets Committee, which I chaired then, met with the union in October 2013 to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement. Act 10 mandated that the only thing the Board could negotiate with the union was wages. In October 2013, the Committee offered the maximum pay increase of 2.07 percent that the law would allow. The union finally agreed to take that increase in May 2014. 

The Committee offered in October 2013 to meet with the union at any time on any topic not subject to the collective bargaining process.

Fri
03
Apr

Cowan a 'dynamic connector of people'

I feel that the village would benefit from the leadership of Ben Cowan were he to be elected trustee. Ben is a dynamic connector of people.

You only have to sit with him for a few minutes of brainstorming and you see his wheels turning, generating new ideas and "what if" scenarios that could move the village forward.

Wed
25
Mar

Ace brings real-world experience

I write today in support of the election of Wayne Ace for the position of town chair in the Town of Oregon. 

Wayne’s 18 years experience on the board will serve him and town residents well in the coming years. 

During my 10 years on the board, it has been apparent to me that Wayne is the go-to guy in several areas - from soundly researched  purchases of public works equipment, to being our board expert on road maintenance. 

He has been an excellent supervisor of our road crew and has demonstrated other leadership skills as well. Wayne knows the value of our taxpayer’s dollar, taking a well-measured position of being willing to spend those dollars for essential services, while being frugal as a general rule. 

Wed
25
Mar

Ace always willing to help, would make great board leader

Who is Wayne Ace? In the last eight years, my family and I have gotten to know Wayne and his family as their neighbor.

When we moved to the area in 2008, Wayne was the first person to stop over, introduce himself, and welcome us to Oregon.  When we got two feet of snow in one day shortly after and he saw me struggling to snow blow my long driveway, he came over and plowed it without being asked. He has always been willing to lend a hand whenever we need something. In the time we’ve lived here, he and his wife have bought presents for our children and brought us dinner when we had a new baby simply because they knew we’d be short on time and sleep. 

When I had a problem with some equipment, he dropped what he was doing and came over and helped me fix it. 

Wed
25
Mar

Vote for Weber to continue strong town leadership

I am writing to encourage Town of Oregon voters to reelect Daryl Weber for chairperson of the town board. 

I worked with Daryl for several years as town chairperson. Daryl chaired the town plan commission and was instrumental in developing the town land use plan. This plan will guide development in the town for the next twenty years.

Daryl has worked very hard on the town budget. He has been able to honor the town’s commitments to the senior and youth centers, fire and EMS, and fund needed road improvements. Daryl’s employment is involved with large farm implements. His experience is beneficial when the town needs to replace road equipment. 

Wed
25
Mar

Weber is a good fit for the town

As another spring election approaches, I believe now would be a good time to thank Darryl Weber for all his efforts as chairman of Oregon Township. 

Darryl has been our chairman for nine years and will be seeking another two-year term on April 7. 

I have worked with Darryl on the township plan commission and have seen first hand his interest and concern for town residents. He makes every effort to treat all residents fairly and equally by closely following town ordinances and our township land use plan.

Wed
25
Mar

Ace would be a good change

As a former Town of Oregon supervisor, I am familiar with the responsibilities of the elected office and representing the town residents. 

I served on the town board with Wayne Ace for 6 years. With his board experience, knowledge of town equipment and maintenance, and fiscal responsibility he is an asset to the board. During my tenure I served on a traffic committee. 

Wayne was chairman of this committee and with his leadership we were able to access and update town signage, address traffic and resident concerns. He encouraged resident participation and worked at problem solving to keep the town safe. Public safety is a priority for Wayne. 

As a school district bus driver for 35 years he is familiar with the condition of the town roads and strives to keep them safe. 

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