I have been honored and humbled in the last few weeks by the number of you who have urged me to run for the 5th Congressional District. Your faith in me has been tremendously important to me and Joan and our daughter, Kate.
Those of you who know me best know that service to my country and my state is a calling for me - one that transcends politics.
Twenty years ago, I was elected to the Monmouth City Council. Ten years ago, I was elected to the first of two terms as Mayor. For 15 of those years, I have worn our country's uniform with service in Afghanistan, Iraq and across the nation on homeland defense assignments. As Gov. Kulongoski's Veterans' and Homeland Security Policy Advisor, I am now leading his team's efforts to strengthen reintegration efforts, expand education and health care access for veterans, and facilitate more effective emergency preparedness.
2008 offers us a unique opportunity to change the culture of Washington, D.C. and fundamentally transform America's role in the world. Each of us has a role to play, a fight to wage, to help get our country back on the right track and renew the promise of America. I especially challenge all candidates for public office to commit themselves to finding real solutions to the problems facing our military families and veterans who continue to answer the call to serve our country and carry the burden of this administration's foreign policy failures.
As you know, I have spent the last couple of weeks in thoughtful deliberation considering the opportunity to run for Oregon's 5th Congressional seat. Given the great challenge of such a condensed time frame for an expensive and potentially divisive Democratic primary election, I have decided this is not the right time to commit my family, our friends, and our supporters to a Congressional race.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your encouragement, prayers, and support.
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If there is one lesson to be learned from the primaries, it is that there are many independent-minded voters.
New Hampshire was a good example. Here the Democrats fear that an open primary would provide votes for Republicans and vice-versa.
I, like most voters able to think for themselves, must register as one or the other in order to participate in the primaries.
Why? Is this a Democratic procedure, or are we independents being ostracized for the ability to think for ourselves?
--Lorin H. Atkins
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Kids, Inc. experience has been positive
Both of my children are playing Kids, Inc., basketball this year. Neither has ever played organized sports before. What a blessing this experience has been.
My 8-year-old daughter's coaches, Kent and Bonnie Zwicker, are so kind and patient. My 10-year-old son's coaching team, Julie Janssen, John Hardy and Courtney Mosley, are awesome and supportive while teaching great skills.
Our family has met other great parents and kids that we hope to see involved in basketball for years to come.
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lauded by officer
Stan Butterfield, candidate for Polk County District Attorney, is a man of notable character and integrity who cares about Polk county residents.
Stan understands that his job as District Attorney is best fulfilled with the help of the local community.
He desires to work with police agencies in Polk County to keep it safe. He wants to utilize all the space in the Polk County Jail.
As a police officer, I have worked with Stan and know he will be firm, fair and impartial in his service to the community as Polk County District Attorney.
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I am not against people migrating to the United States. All our ancestors were migrants except for Native Americans.
I do worry about illegal aliens because they use Social Security numbers not issued by the government.
If the Social Security number is already in use by a citizen, doesn't it cause legal problems when that citizen files tax returns or applies for Social Security?
Does an illegal alien file a tax return or pay taxes?
If so, does the government notice that more than one person has a particular number? I've never heard any warning on this matter.
To me this sounds like identify theft. This is a crime and should be a charge against all aliens employed illegally.
I believe everyone who has a Social Security number that has been used illegally should be notified.