Letters to the editor
Elected officials reject Measure 105's impact
Oregon is at a crossroads, and our communities are under attack. Our November ballot will feature Measure 105, which would repeal a 30-year-old law protecting community members from racial profiling.
We emphatically urge you to vote "no" on Measure 105.
Measure 105 is an alarming and bold attack on Oregon's values. This measure targets our state policy that forbids state agencies, including law enforcement, from using state resources or personnel to detect or apprehend persons whose only violation is federal immigration law. The law does not protect people who commit crimes or harm others but it does help your neighbors feel safe to report a crime, knowing they won't be harassed because of their ethnicity.
Washington County's Sheriff Pat Garrett has opposed Measure 105, citing that the repeal would block local law enforcement from effectively serving every community with justice, making our communities less safe.
As elected leaders and your neighbors in Washington County, we ask you to stand on the right side of history, and to demand justice for Oregonians now and in the future. By opposing Measure 105 you oppose racial profiling, anti-immigrant legislation and toxicity that looks to divide the very fabric of what makes us Oregonians.
Signed by Elected Leaders of Color:
Felicita Monteblanco, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (Aloha resident)
Erika Lopez, Hillsboro School District Board (Hillsboro)
Valdez Bravo, Portland Community College (Portland)
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Metro Council (Hillsboro)
Yadira Martinez, Hillsboro School District Board (Hillsboro)
Donna Tyner, Beaverton School Board (Beaverton)
Olivia Alcaire, Hillsboro City Council (Hillsboro)
Mohamad Alyajouri, Portland Community College (Hillsboro)
Come find out about Scouts in Tualatin
Tualatin's Scout Troop 35 is hosting a scouting information night at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Living Savior Lutheran Church, 8740 S.W. Sagert St., Tualatin.
With Scouts BSA — the new name of Boy Scouts of America — opening its doors to girls this fall, now is a great time for families to learn about all the great things that scouting has to offer youth: outdoor experiences, leadership opportunities, community service, and so much more. The scouting method, honed for over 100 years by scouters around the world, is proven to help boys and girls ages 11-18 to become the best versions of themselves.
Troop 35 is coming off a fun-filled summer that included summer camp on Lake Coeur d'Alene, as well as a trip to the Sawtooths and Craters of the Moon in Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. You may have also seen them at local events: staffing the Elks' booth at the Crawfish festival and honoring veterans on Memorial Day.
Middle school is an excellent time to join scouting. It isn't necessary for youth to have been in Cub Scouts to become involved in Scouts BSA. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders all have plenty of time to advance through all the ranks, including Eagle, scouting's highest honor.
Visitors on the 25th can expect to see youth leading games and demonstrating their dutch-oven cooking skills with some tasty desserts.
A fixture in Tualatin for more than 30 years, Troop 35 has produced more than 55 Eagle Scouts since its inception and performed innumerable hours of community service. The troop meets nearly every Tuesday night and schedules at least one overnight activity each month.