Letters to the editor
Sherwood student leaders seek donations for shelter
Did you know that socks are one of the top items needed at homeless shelters? We are the Fifth Grade Leadership Club at Middleton Elementary School, and we are asking for your help.
— Submitted by the Fifth Grade Leadership Club at Middleton Elementary School
Vote, and get informed, in November election
Someone once said, "If you don't vote, you have no right to complain." Better to say, "If you don't vote responsibly, you get what you pay for."
This election season, please take the time to research the candidates and the ballot measures.
Everyone is busy: jobs, families, outside commitments. However, candidates have websites, and ballot measures are discussed in papers and online regularly, so educating oneself requires less time than one believes.
I also urge everyone to attend candidates' forums or ballot measure information sessions, because you can ask questions, or hear others ask questions you never considered; you will be surprised by what you learn in person.
Our state makes it incredibly easy to learn about candidates and ballot measures, because we receive information pamphlets in advance of the ballots, which are also delivered to us. We just mail them back, or put them in a ballot dropbox, if we miss the mailing deadline.
You still think you are too busy? At a candidates' forum hosted recently in King City, of the five candidates standing for election, three were first-time candidates with families, jobs and commitments. They also attend events, knock on doors daily, fundraise and do everything else required. One candidate, a runner-up in her primary, became the new primary winner when the first winner had to withdraw. Another candidate was recruited about a month ago when her district's primary winner also had to pull out.
Whatever your political affiliation, if you take your life responsibilities seriously, please remember that all of us have a civic responsibility to vote as knowledgeably as possible. Even if your candidate of choice does not win, you will thank yourself for better understanding the issues, and you may be inspired to get more involved, or even run for office yourself.
Opinion column unfair to supporters of Trump
I've just finished reading the column by Pampha and Som Subedi in which they write about "kids being raised today in the image of the 45th U.S. President who will not understand or accept (and maybe even hate) refugees and immigrants." ("To Our Daughter, on her first day of preschool," Page A8, Sept. 13 edition.) What an unfair statement! It's an insult to the Americans who voted for Mr. Trump over Mrs. Clinton. We are not anti-immigrant or refugee. We are against those who attempt to come to our country illegally, breaking our laws. We have a right to control and protect our borders.
I'm sure this family came here the legal way, good for them. I hope they realize how lucky they are. Americans are good people, generous people who've welcomed millions of immigrants and refugees over the years.
Gov. Brown is leader for common-sense gun laws
My niece attended the Las Vegas country music concert almost a year ago, where one of her dearest friends was shot and killed. This incident, among so many others, inspired me to become a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
This election season, I am supporting candidates who will fight to enact common-sense gun policies. Kate Brown received the Gun Sense Candidate distinction.
Knute Buehler claims to be "moderate" and someone who will work to find common ground to come up with policies and solutions for problems that have plagued Oregon and our country for decades. However, he has a very different approach and track record than Kate Brown when it comes to preventing gun violence. In 2015, Buehler voted against expanding background checks to include private gun sales. Gov. Brown, on the other hand, had the courage to stand up to the powerful and relentless gun lobby, proudly signing this legislation (SB 941) into law.
I believe Oregonians deserve a leader with a long history of working to prevent gun violence and helping to keep our communities safer. That leader is Kate Brown.
'Yes' on Measure 105 restores rule of law
Some opponents of Measure 105 are concerned that Measure 105 would turn our local police into agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Measure 105 allows much-needed cooperation between ICE and our local police. Our police chiefs struggle now to use their limited resources to carry out their duties. Catching a criminal and being able to turn people, who are here illegally, over to ICE would leave the resources they do have to carry out their duties and leave ICE the duty to feed, house and take care of those who are here illegally.
Oregon's sanctuary policy violates federal law.
Voting "yes" on Measure 105 would restore the rule of law in Oregon.