Letters to the Editor: March 12, 2020
ICE separating families at bus stop flies in face of Oregon values
Last month, ICE took its cruelty to a new low, sending a chilling message to families when they separated a father from his children, detaining him at a school bus stop in Washington County — in front of a school bus full of children.
We should all be outraged by these heartless and terrifying tactics that fly in the face of Oregon's values. Our children deserve to go to school without fear of having their families torn apart by President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement machine. Instead, we are seeing cruel family separation right in our own backyard.
These attacks inflict trauma on our children, and instill fear an entire community that believed our schools — and by extension, school bus stops — were safe.
At Latino Network, we believe access to a quality education is one of the most fundamental human rights, and we encourage parents to be active partners in their children's schooling. We stand in solidarity and resilience with our community, and we refuse to allow our families to be pushed further into the shadows.
We applaud the Tigard-Tualatin School District for their support of the impacted families and their advocacy for greater protections for all children. We join them and our local elected leaders in calling for immediate legislative action to prohibit ICE enforcement at school bus stops.
Latino Network is committed to providing support and wrap-around services to our community. If you or someone you know is going through an immigration-related emergency, reach out to us at 503-283-6881.
Early Childhood Division Director, Latino Network
Republicans' excuses for Capitol walkout ring hollow
I think everyone understands what what the Republican legislators don't like about the cap-and-invest bill. There are plenty of things people don't like about their jobs; we all get it.
What we don't get is their argument for not showing up for work. This is important to me because the work is not just a job but a sworn duty. For example, we know one can refuse to do something in the military or in law enforcement if it is unlawful, but losing a debate doesn't really fit that, does it?
These legislators might be able to make a point about morality, but since none of them have walked out on bills that expanded access to abortions, there is a problem with that excuse as well. I really just question their sincerity, because they're essentially saying murder is OK but cap-and-invest is immoral.
Jason Hitzert, Beaverton
Retired Army colonel says Garrett keeps us safe
I support Sheriff Pat Garrett because he is committed to keeping Washington County safe. He demonstrates this commitment by maintaining strong partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement partners, local businesses, social service organizations, and faith community leaders.
Sheriff Garrett partners with the US Marshals Service on their Fugitive Task Force — a team that locates and apprehends Washington County's most dangerous wanted fugitives. He also supports a Criminal Apprehension Team within his own office to do similar work, conducting compliance checks on sex offenders registered in the county. The Sheriff's Office leads an interagency drug task force that targets mid- and upper-level drug trafficking organizations. And the Sheriff's interagency Tactical Negotiations Team is a highly-trained and experienced SWAT team, always prepared to respond to the most complex and dangerous critical incidents.
In response to racial and religious intolerance, Sheriff Garrett formed partnerships with the Muslim Educational Trust and the Bilal Mosque (relationships that continue to this day). He also participated in and addressed the interfaith security and safety summit at Congregation Neveh Shalom.
Sheriff Garrett's personal efforts to keep these relationships healthy, positive and productive make all the difference. Relationships matter. Keep Pat Garrett sheriff!
John E. Ryan, Beaverton
Be 'super clean,' set good example in your community
I want to do what I can to help prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria in our community.
Aside from staying home when sick, the best defense we have is wiping down surfaces and, most importantly, frequent and thorough handwashing.
What if we all do our part in our community on this? Wipe down our community spaces. Handles to the library doors, school surfaces, community railings, coffee shops, banks, atm buttons, etc.
It's not about mass panic or paranoia, it's about doing something small like taking an antibacterial wipe out of your pocket or purse and using it as you move through our community. Teaching our kids and holding each other accountable to thorough and correct handwashing. At my hospital, we call this movement "super clean." If someone sees someone forget to wash their hands or clean equipment, we just nicely say "super clean" to each other. We have a community understanding that disease is fought at a community level, and if we all don't work together, we don't stand a chance.
This recent outbreak is a great reminder that we should be doing this all the time — especially to protect the vulnerable. I am hoping to go into our local schools with glow germ and black lights to teach handwashing on my day off. It's an easy thing to do and super fun.
I encourage everyone to do what they can to help stop the spread of all community viruses and bacteria. What can you do today to help be super clean?
Chelsea Gallagher, Sherwood
Southridge's financial classes need a new teacher
Such a educational program provides some great financial information to young adults and should be enhanced at all schools. I would also like to see comprehensive information about property tax levies, the impact of bonded debt on future real estate owners and so forth.
My problem is not with the message, but with the messenger. Having Wells Fargo instruct individuals of school, or any age, is like having a local car dealer company provide ethics in car repair billings, when that company has been involved in fraudulent odometer roll backs and even replacements in order to enhance the sale of a used car.
Certainly there is a willing financial program for schools that is more ethical in its operations than that of Wells Fargo. That statement would include Bank of America also.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has levied heavy fines on Wells Fargo for its fraudulent business practices, which includes opening over 1.5 million checking and savings accounts without permission. Payments to consumers who were the recipients of such fraud, settlement of class action lawsuits by consumers as well as stock holders and state agencies have totaled approximately $3 billion. Why the Beaverton School District would be "in bed" with these players is mindboggling.
Rich Carson, Beaverton
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