This coming Friday, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association will host a debate for the two major candidates running for governor. I will be there, outlining my new vision for the state of Oregon and answering any and all questions from the newspaper publishers.
A week ago I spent Thursday afternoon in Portland, visiting some of the homeless camps there and talking to people at the center of our homeless problem. I talked to people who have lived on the streets for years, the police, and business people who work in the areas surrounding the camps.
The governor’s race between Republican gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce and Gov. Kate Brown is tight according to a new poll released Thursday by the Portland Tribune. Pierce says he is not surprised that this is already turning into a close race.
Homelessness, the lack of safe, clean, and secure shelter is one of the greatest social problems that we face today. I see homelessness every day in Salem, my hometown, and I have seen it in Portland, Baker City, Bend, Klamath Falls, Coos Bay, and all the communities of Oregon that I have visited in the course of this campaign.
This weekend Bud and Selma Pierce joined many Oregonians celebrating Father’s Day. Bud believes “Fathers rejoice when they see their children grow into their full potential, and always seek to assist their children with visible and invisible hands.”
Unexpected disasters are a part of life. Sometimes disasters are personal like the unexpected loss of a loved one, job loss, home fire, or flood. Other times nature throws a curveball in the form of earthquakes or tsunamis, or accidents happen like the recent oil train derailment.