Day: May 2, 2014

Racism and affirmative action

There are at least three matters over which absolute resolution is unlikely ever to come.  One would have to be the sadness—even profound grief—we feel over the loss of a loved one.  The second is reluctance to pay taxes even when a solid case is presented showing the universal benefits to all by their collection.  The third in this trilogy is race relations. Every nation in the world has some minority members among its population.  The United States, having a citizenry that’s as diverse as any other nation on the planet, has had serious, ongoing problems with race relations throughout its history.  Further, the case of a black man as U.S. president has proven again that racism in America is so hardened there’s little chance of anything resembling its significant diminution soon. The latest dust-up comes to us compliments of the U.S. Supreme Court.  A couple of weeks ago the highest court in the land hit affirmative action programs in the solar plexus mighty hard when it upheld the right of states to ban racial preferences in university admissions. The origin of the court’s decision was a case brought by the state of Michigan.  There, in November, 2006, approved by 58 percent of the voters, affirmative action was banned.  However, the ban has been contested by those opposed to it and ultimately went to the high court for resolution. The case was not approved by unanimous vote among the justices.  In fact, two justices, Sonia...

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Jensen for House Dist. 25

To the Editor: I have known Barbara Jensen for over 15 years.  I have had the privilege of working with her when she was a state government program director responsible for overseeing large, multi-agency initiatives. More recently, I worked with Barbara in her role managing a comprehensive technology assessment project for the City of Portland.  Over the years, I have seen first-hand how her integrity, commitment to excellence, untiring diligence in the face of adversity, and unique ability to rally diverse interests toward a common goal set Barb apart from most.  These qualities, combined with her understanding of how state government works, make Barbara the clear choice to effectively represent the people of House District 25. Mike Zanon...

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Jensen’s promotion of organizations

To the Editor: I read with interest that Barbara Jensen has decided to throw her hat in the ring for state representative for District 25.  About 15 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara in a professional setting.  We have worked together for years now. From the beginning it was apparent to me that Barbara is a quality professional with a work ethic above reproach.  As a professional, she has developed a reputation for being a “no-nonsense” leader who calls out inefficiencies and gets projects done on time and on budget.  She will be an asset in the Oregon Legislature and will represent the voters of HD 25 at the highest level. If you want a representative who can work with others and get important goals accomplished, I highly recommend voting for Barbara Jensen. Al Shannon...

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Jensen’s offer

To the Editor: As the executive director of a Salem based non-profit, I’ll be the first to tell you that raising awareness and raising funds are some of the hardest parts of the job. There are so many good causes and not very many ways to get the word out. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Barbara Jensen was willing to use a portion of the air time she received from KYKN stemming from an FCC requirement for equal airtime, to promote our organization. Barbara asked me about it a few weeks ago and I graciously accepted the offer.  She told me that she would read a script profiling the organization based upon information I gave to her and call upon others to take a look or make a contribution. She kept her word and the ad is airing now on KYKN. Barbara certainly could have just used the air time to promote her own campaign. When was the last time you heard of anyone, a company, a campaign, or even another non-profit, willing to give away thousands of dollars’ worth of airtime to another cause simply because they want to help? As a personal friend of Barbara Jensen, I can tell you that it takes a special person—a person with strong values like Barbara. Her efforts have helped raise the profile of our organization at...

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Jensen for Dist. 25 

To the Editor: I have never written in support of any candidate, but I know and support Barbara Jensen. She and I worked together for many years and she has been a family friend for at least 25 years. In her work, Barbara developed and oversaw many new solutions and new, large projects from beginning to end. She was never satisfied with mere praise and pay, but always worked for complete success. She always got the job done well and fully, no matter the obstacles. Her abilities and tireless work ethic are just two aspects. Her character is also firm, compassionate, charitable and moral. I trust Barbara completely; with my money, family and community. She will serve us all well as our representative in the Oregon House from District 25. Charles White...

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