Letters to the Editor: Sept. 19, 2019
Too many liberal opinion pieces
For the past several weeks, you have been publishing letters regarding national political issues with a heavy left bias.
I would like to remind you that The Times should focus on local issues, not national. If I wanted biased editorials on national issues, I would have kept my subscription to The Oregonian.
Let's hear more about what is going on here!
Lori Neal, Metzger
[Ed.: The Times does not reject reader letters on the basis of their political point of view. Readers of all political persuasions are welcome to write letters that keep to our submission guidelines.]
Workers need support year-round
Another Labor Day has come and gone, but that doesn't mean our support for workers and unions should dwindle. In fact, with multiple labor strikes looming, Oregonians need to show their support now more than ever. As a University of Oregon alum, I want to make clear I stand with university employees who are fighting for better working conditions, including a livable wage.
The cost of living in Oregon is rising and university employees are falling further and further behind. The wage increases management has offered are inadequate and disrespectful. We know there is enough money to pay workers fairly and keep tuition down. I believe both should be a priority. However, university management are choosing to spend new state funding and other revenues elsewhere, such as a raise for management positions and debt-funded construction projects.
There's always a lot of talk about workers' rights on Labor Day. But if we truly believe that everyone deserves a livable wage, we need to keep the conversation going 365 days a year.
Christina Stephenson, Northwest Portland
Electoral College complaints smack of sour grapes
In response to a letter concerning the Electoral College printed on Sept. 12, 2019:
The Electoral College is working exactly as intended, and the reason behind it is still valid. Many people would rather have the major population centers control our presidential election. Almost everyone who thinks this way is a very left-leaning progressive and dismisses the thought of equity for the less populated areas.
Even with its laws, our country is fortunate to have a constitution written by solid forward-thinking people.
The main reason this issue stays alive is that leftists can't abide the results of elections.
Troy Smith, Beaverton
'Patient Rights Act' doesn't protect patient rights at all
The Patient Rights Act, S.1993 now in Senate committee, will take away one's right to utilize a POLST/advance directive. S.1993 will force hospitals to push advanced technology (Full Code) from cradle to grave — even if a person is unwilling — or else the hospital won't receive federal dollars.
Advanced technology cannot fix the demented brain. Advanced technology can even bring on dementia, i.e., prolonged general anesthesia, ICU, etc. Without a functioning brain, living "good enough" becomes existing poorly. To force the frail elderly, especially demented, through unwanted surgeries and rehab is cruel.
• Say NO to becoming a "live donor" to fuel the medical system coffers.
• Say NO to being warehoused in a locked-down, notoriously understaffed (unsafe) facility at $92,000-plus a year.
• Say NO to ending up on Medicaid (63% of U.S. elders currently) with costs that could be passed on to your adult children as collateral once the Filial Recovery Act is activated (ready to launch in 34 states, Oregon included, when states no longer can afford the many elders on its rolls).
The Patient Rights Act is not compassion in action; it's greed. Please contact your senator now and say NO to S.1993.
Beverly Montgomery, Newberg
Sens. Wyden, Merkley can help fight global AIDS crisis
Over the past 15 years, we've made immense progress in the global AIDS fight, but the disease remains a deadly crisis. Every day, the AIDS epidemic claims over 2,000 lives.
Now that there's been an agreement on the budget, it's important that Congress sends a clear signal to the world that America intends to continue our historic one-third commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, one of the most effective and efficient health partnerships on the planet.
Today, the countries most affected by AIDS are contributing more to the fight than ever before. But, the battle is far from over and the United States must continue to play a critical leadership role.
Viruses like HIV do not respect borders. Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley can help us win the fight against AIDS by supporting America's one-third commitment to the Global Fund ($1.56 billion), which will be used to incentivize billions of dollars in investments from other donors and save millions of innocent lives.
Carolyn Barber, Southwest Portland
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