As always, if you have any comments, concerns, or questions please contact my office!
Overwhelmingly, those outside Portland do not support HB2020 as written. Once again it is Portland vs. the rest of Oregon.
Even the Eugene based newspaper, the Register Guard spoke up about it: "The bill reeks of rich, progressive urbanites misunderstanding rural and struggling Oregon. It lacks incentives to encourage and support individual changes. Those most able to change wouldn’t feel the pinch."
I had the opportunity to attend the annual ‘Celebrate Hope’ fundraiser and dinner this week. Along with community members, we were able to learn how we (YOU) can make a difference in the lives of abused children in our community. So many organizations and community members were generous to the ABC House. Here in our community, we take care of each other - Thank you for the support and compassion!
As many of us know, children in our communities throughout the state face an increasing amount of risk, harm, bullying and abuse.
ABC House does some of the most important work of education and awareness, as well as working directly to help children in need.
OREGONIAN AND ALBANY RESIDENT - GETS LONG AWAITED CLOSURE AFTER 78 YEARS
I had the honor to have a conversation with my constituent and Albany resident, Rosella Workinger - 94, this week upon hearing her incredible story.
Rosella’s brother, Junior Gowey, was among the 429 sailors and Marines who died on Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma on December 7, 1941.
Shockingly, the remains from more than 100 sailors who were buried in Hawaii in a single casket.
Three years ago, The Defense department asked for DNA samples - from Rosella and her son Paul. They were not optimistic anything would come of it.
When Rosella received the first official phone call, she thought it was a “crank call.” The follow up proved otherwise, as her brother’s remains were positively identified. Finally, the bittersweet closure she has needed for 78 years has come.
Now Rosella has the chance to give her brother a final tribute at Arlington National Cemetery on April 12. Rosella stated in her interview with Democrat Herald recently "Because that is a great honor and I know that it'll be a great honor for his memory."
I spoke on the House floor about her story and I look forward to following up with Rosella when she returns from Arlington.
Last, weekend I hosted a town hall at LBCC. Watch the video here, in cased you missed it! Thank you to all who came out to listen and ask questions. We covered everything from vaccines, firearms, to Cap and Trade.
Always good moooods - when it is Dairy Day at The Capitol!
This week, we had dairy farmers from all over Oregon visit us.
There were endless dairy goodies provided all day long: Cheeses, drinks, yogurts, and ice cream!
The 60th Dairy Princess, Emily Henry, represented dairy farmers and our district with knowledge, grace, and elegance. Emily is a student at Linn-Benton CC and an experienced dairy farm worker. Emily has worked for Gourley Family Dairy Farm in Scio for years. Read more about Emily here: https://bit.ly/2Uxyazp
Oregon Dairy Fast Facts
1) 80% of dairy products made in Oregon are consumed outside of Oregon
2) There are dairy farms in 21 of Oregon's 36 counties and employ 12,222 people
3) Oregon dairies care for approximately 124,000 cows