Community supports kids
To the editor:
I am writing to thank our supportive community for continuing to give to Learn and Grow to Go, our very own backpack food program. LG2G is serving students in grades K-3, and 7-12.
The program sends home 330 bags per month of easy-to-prepare,
nutritious food for students to eat on the weekends. LG2G survives off
of donations alone, and has no overhead expenses. The Turn the Page
bookstore has recently donated a round of gift certificates for books
for the middle school and high school students, and the elementary kids
have been receiving donated books along with their food items.
I am just thankful that so many individuals, churches and service
organizations have taken an interest in feeding students. Thank you to
all who have donated money and time to this program. Special thanks to
the Baker Christian Church for sending volunteers every Thursday, St.
Stephen's Episcopal Church for keeping our freezer full of bread, the
Baker Lions Club for sponsoring a month of food for the BMS students,
Jim Tomlinson with the REAL (Read Every day And Learn) program for
donating books and helping to find grants, and The Bread of Life food
bank for sharing food. One generous citizen has pledged $500 per month
for several months and that money has been vital for the program.
Thanks also to the First Presbyterian Church, for inspiring me to feed students, giving me an office, and storing food.
I am so happy to be able to bless these students and their families,
and I look forward to continuing to find new community partners and
interested individuals in the new year! Please leave a message at First
Presbyterian Church, 541-523-5201, if you are interested in helping, or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Liz Romtvedt
Recall donor remains a mystery
To the editor:
A change in Oregon campaign finance law going into effect in 2012
prompts me to revisit the October 2009 attempt to recall Mayor Dorrah
and Councilor Calder. (The voters rejected the recall by a vote of 2 to
It's now two years later and the public still does not know who paid for half of the recall committee's expenses.
How can this be, given Oregon's sunshine law requires that campaigns
disclose the names of persons who contribute more than $100?
Answer: There was a loophole in the old law. It did not require
campaign committees to reveal the name of a person who paid for
campaign expenses with the expectation of reimbursement. At least, not
until: 1) the committee makes the reimbursement; or 2) the person
forgives the loan.
In the case of the 2009 recall attempt, neither event has happened.
After receiving complaints, the Oregon Legislature passed a new law
which eliminates the loophole by requiring that campaign committees
within seven days reveal such contributions and the names of persons
who make them.
The Recall Dorrah and Calder Campaign Committee used the loophole - and
is still using it - to hide from the public the name of the person who
paid a total of $2,707 in campaign expenses, supposedly with the
expectation of reimbursement.
The Recall Dorrah and Calder Committee still has not made reimbursement
nor has the donor forgiven the loan. Until one of these two events
happens, the loophole allows the committee and the donor to continue to
hide from the public the identity of the person who contributed half of
the campaign's finances.
Elections Division records show that the Recall Dorrah and Calder Committee has not been closed out and has a deficit of $3,536.
The persons sitting on the donor's identity, besides the undisclosed
person who made the loans, are, I believe, Jamey K. Hardy and Kathye
Corn, who, Elections Division records show, are the committee's
director and treasurer
Why do Hardy, Corn, and the donor continue to hide the donor's identity?
The recall is not over until the committee pays its debts and the public knows who put up the bulk of the money to finance it.