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Topics this week include: Tax-cut proposal; Congresswoman Bonamici; a questionable traffic stop.

Tax cut proposals ignore nation's reality

Pres. Trump's pitch to cut taxes in the midst of a catastrophe that will require tax money to fix is emblematic of Republican disengagement from anything, no matter how devastating, that affects the well-being of the poor and middle class. Mr. Trump said in a speech last week that Americans know how to spend their money better than government does. So, according to the president, Americans, 75 percent of whom are living pay check to pay check, can, with their own money, build and maintain roads, bridges, libraries, schools, pay for police and fire protection, sanitation, clean air and water, and armed services.

If Mr. Trump and his congressional Republican cronies honestly believe this, then they are so blinded by their ideology that they cannot see the suffering that the policy of tax- and spending-cuts has caused.

How much human suffering will we have to witness before Republicans open their wallets and start behaving in the best interest of the Americans they represent?

Sorah Dubitsky


Bonamici is right to protect programs

Three cheers for Congresswoman Bonamici: listening to constituents and protecting important programs for seniors. ("Bonamici takes Meals on Wheels tour: Food served, stories heard" Page A1, Aug. 31)

Other important programs are on the block in the House Budget as well, including SNAP (formerly food stamps). With one in five children living in homes struggling to put enough food on the table, this program is very important. Why not take a moment to send a note or make a call to Rep. Bonamici and thank her for this work, reminding her to protect SNAP and other safety net programs.

Our voices always make a difference.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish, Wash.

Traffic stop on July 4 made no sense at all

On July Fourth, while on I-5 southbound, I was exiting at the Charbonneau off-ramp as we headed to a family barbecue. As I got off the freeway I was pulled over by the Clackamas County Sheriff on patrol that day.

It was explained that I was in a holiday DUI zone and my exit was suspicious, as I exited the freeway. I don't drink, text, or talk and drive, and my driving record of 40 years speaks for itself. I was told that even though I signaled to get off the freeway, the officer stated I was to close to the red Miata behind me, and that driver had to hit his breaks too hard.

Um, OK.

I signaled got over on a heavy day of traffic and at no point in time was anyone in danger, period. My passenger and I were flabbergasted why I was even being pulled over.

My court date was on a day I had to attend a funeral. Thus I sent a letter to the courthouse with an explanation regarding my safe exit off the freeway and felt I had no choice but to plead no contest. While this fine of over $100 may not seem like much to some, on a fixed income it was still painful.

This was clear revenue-generating nonsense. I had all my paperwork ready for the officer. I have heard nothing back from the Clackamas County Court and anticipate I won't as they have my money now.

If I break the law, fine, but this was nonsense plain and simple.

James Maass


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