Letters to the editor
Protest over border policy steeped in hypocrisy
I recall, quite recently, passing by a small protest on my way home and upon seeing the signs the protesters (opposed to the Trump administration's policy on separating families at the U.S./Mexico border) had, knew immediately that ignorance and hypocrisy had come to Sherwood wearing the mask of loving concern and kindness.
It is fair to say, and probably true, that the people protesting are good people who have the purest of intentions, and believe that they're advocating for the right thing in the face of bad acts by the American government.
But I saw no such signs during the Clinton administration when a federal court ruled that children must be separated from adults when the adults were being detained for violating immigration laws. I saw no such signs during the Obama administration when the now-famous photograph of a child in a cage was taken. No, this policy was only inhuman and hateful when it was being done by the Trump administration. The unvarnished hypocrisy and general ignorance of the actual facts of the matter is something that has lurked in the shadows for some time, but is now emerging in full force.
Ignorance is not love. It is destructive to a society and will not do anyone any good. I am aware that Donald Trump is a very disagreeable person, but in upholding the law as set by the appropriate branch of government, he is acting correctly. When our elected officials show respect for the law, it is important that we support them; when they do not, it is important that we oppose them. Opposing them when they are respecting the law tells them that they will be opposed no matter what, so there is no cost in ignoring the rules.
Ultimately, if it is our wish to live in houses of love, as Our Indivisible Revolution Sherwood advocated, we must also live in houses of truth. Trump as an anti-immigrant demagogue separating children from their parents is not the truth. Children being harmed by current policy is not the truth. What is the truth is that driving the poor across the border empowers and sustains corrupt governments who would otherwise face revolution against their bad acts. What is the truth is that Congress is the proper target for demands that the law be changed, and standing about with signs that do not represent the truth does not make things better.
Candidates need to know, respect lawn sign rules
Political ads are already on television, lawn signs should soon follow.
Each year during political season, city recorders share information with candidates advising of lawn sign rules. Obtaining permission to place signs on property of people and businesses that actually support a candidate is the approved and legal method. But, placing signs in the public right of way, at busy intersections, on school or government property may demonstrate either a candidate's ignorance or disregard for the law, possibly reflecting on their true character.
City code enforcement staff are usually understaffed. They rely on the good intentions and practices of candidates to avoid creating clusters of illegally placed signs blocking views at intersections or scattered into drainage ditches. Multiple signs of one candidate may only mean sizable political donations from special interest groups or developers — not from citizens.
If a candidate does not follow rules, citizens can report a violation to their city. But, most cities only remove illegal signs and enforce when a specific complaint is filed about the location of an illegal sign.
I ask that candidates show that they read, understand and follow the local regulations. Show the voters that you really can be trusted to follow laws and uphold the public trust should you be elected. Instruct your supporters to only place lawn signs where they are allowed. Monitor where your signs are placed and take steps to assure compliance.
I ask citizens to observe the actions of the candidates and factor their actions into your decisions who to place trust in to get your vote. After all, candidate actions during the election season are likely a preview of how someone will represent you and follow the law in the future.
Beaverton was right in car camping ban
I would first of all like to thank the mayor of Beaverton and the City Council for "Banning Camping & living in Cars."
"We the People" that own property will continue to support you on this decision. We immediately saw the Fred Meyer on 158th and Walker campers move out. But today I noticed a camper has returned.
We hope the city will continue to enforce their decision. We do not want Beaverton turning into Portland! We moved out of Portland into Beaverton for many reasons and don't want our city to look anything like Portland.
We now hear the Human Rights Commission is fighting this. Good luck with that. (More liberal attitude we don't need or want.)
We residences will fight you tooth and nail on this one.
Congress: Increase funds for Alzheimer's research
New studies reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2018 in Chicago are providing insight into Alzheimer's prevalence, the impact of non-cognitive symptoms, and factors that may impact a person's dementia risk.
As the executive director of the Alzheimer's Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter — and the mother of two young children — I know firsthand how important this research is to improving quality of life for everyone affected by Alzheimer's. There are currently more than 5 million Americans, including 65,000 individuals in Oregon, living with Alzheimer's.
Still, there is so much we do not know about this devastating and fatal disease. Today, Alzheimer's is the only leading cause of death in the United States without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. Barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow, or stop Alzheimer's, the number of Americans with the disease will triple by mid-century.
As is clear from the research and theories presented by leading scientists at AAIC 2018, there is no shortage of ideas, only dollars, for addressing Alzheimer's and its devastating impact. That is why the Alzheimer's Association is appealing to Congress to increase funding for Alzheimer's research at the National Institutes of Health by at least $425 million in fiscal year 2019.
Please join me in asking Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden for their continued commitment in the fight to end Alzheimer's. To learn more and take action, visit the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org/advocate.
Unincorporated Washington County
Note: Tracy Morgan is executive director
of the Alzheimer's Association Oregon &
SW Washington Chapter.
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