Letters to the Editor

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. 

Wed
25
Mar

McDole is the best candidate to handle teacher shortage

Marilyn McDole has my vote for school board on April 7. She has many talents and there are many school issues to address. 

I am limiting my discussion to her interpersonal skills and other experience to meet what I believe may be the most challenging issue Oregon School District Board of Education has faced in years–a teacher shortage. Oregon has already seen the effects of a shortage with over $10,000 per year additional pay approved to retain several teachers.

Wed
25
Mar

McDole brings talent and experience to OSD board race

I am writing in support of Marilyn McDole, candidate for Oregon School Board.

Marilyn has the unique qualifications of not only having teaching experience at both the secondary and post-secondary level, but also administrative experience. 

She understands the challenges that all educators face in an environment that is increasingly hostile toward public education and also understands that educational innovations studied in both research situations and practice should be tempered by the expertise of our professional educators in the Oregon School District.

Marilyn’s administrative background provides her with two important skills.

Wed
25
Mar

Former OSD board presidents support Zach

We are writing in support of Steve Zach for Oregon School Board. Each of us has had the opportunity to serve on the board with Steve and can attest to his commitment to the students of the district and his vision and passion for public education. 

He has served tirelessly on the board for over 16 years and has a depth of knowledge about Oregon schools that is invaluable to our community.

Wed
25
Mar

Vote McDole to replace Zach

Steve Zach has been praised by some members of the community for his lengthy service on the Oregon School Board.  

However, Steve Zach helped to create an environment that set the school board at odds with its employees and the community. There has been concern that teachers and families will leave our school district because of this negative environment.  Here are examples of how he has used his legal expertise to the detriment of the school district during his longevity on the School Board.

Wed
25
Mar

Some OSD teachers want Zach’s leadership

As teachers and staff of the Oregon School District, we understand first-hand the important role a school board has.  

A board member must have the appropriate leadership, communications and interest for the well-being of the students, staff and community of the district. Too often lately we have seen board members acting within their own interests; without interest for the district as a whole.  

The teachers and staff at Oregon School District are committed to all students that we serve. Our board needs to act with the best interest of all the teachers and staff, students and community.  We need leadership that will ensure our district continues to prosper and grow.

We need leadership. We need experience. We need Steve Zach.

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