View of the mountain From the publisher’s desk
I wanted to take a quick moment to thank everyone who reads our paper every month. In a world full of smartphones, apps, computer screens and websites, it is refreshing to know that in some places of the world, local newspapers can not only survive but thrive as well.
One of the many questions I am asked by folks when they hear I bought a newspaper is. Why in the heck would you buy a newspaper in this day and age? What are you crazy? I always smile and say, “Why, yes, I am crazy. All business owners need to be a bit crazy to want to operate their own company.” I then add that my passion actually lies with local communities that have strong connections to one another. I find that it is this community connection that enriches lives and can help to make everyone feel part of something bigger.
Speaking of connection, September is Suicide Prevention Month. As you will read inside, our lead writer, Ty Walker, describes his own personal experience with losing a person whom he loved to suicide. When I read his story, it opened my eyes to how much of an impact we make on others, sometimes without even knowing it.
As you are out and about this month, going about your normal daily routines, I ask that you go the extra mile and share a smile or a compliment with someone. You never know how much that one small gesture could change the course of someone’s life for the better.
I will close this month’s letter with one of my favorite sayings which seems extra relevant in this day and age. “Don’t give up. You haven’t met everyone who will love you yet.”
Until our next issue,
Letters to the Editor
We’d like to thank you for including the letter introducing our website and urging the community to attend the August 10th Clackamas County Commissioners public hearing. You are very kind to have held the space for us and a true community supporter. The Mountain Times has always been the voice of the Mountain villages and it is wonderful that you are continuing that tradition of true community newspapers.
Michelle and Hoodland STR Committee members
Doug, Peter, Matt and Dona
I recently heard that Clackamas County is planning to charge an $8 daily parking fee at Barlow Wayside Park. I oppose charging any fee for using Barlow Wayside. I do not oppose fees at other county parks that offer a variety of amenities. I gladly pay to use the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wildwood Recreation Site, which offers trails, picnicking, a playground, group shelters, horseshoe pits, drinking fountains, full restrooms (with flush toilets and running water), and a large field for baseball/softball, soccer and other games. It’s also a trailhead for the US Forest Service’s Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. Wildwood’s day-use fee is just $5.
Barlow Wayside has a small parking lot, a pit toilet (which was installed by BLM) and a bit more than one mile of trails. Most of the maintenance of the park is conducted by local volunteers.
Charging a fee will discourage the use of the park by many locals and visitors from elsewhere, especially families and others with low incomes.
I ask the county to reconsider its plans to charge a day-use fee at Barlow Wayside. Imagine a sign stating that “Access to this park is a free service of Clackamas County.”