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This week's letters include: a critique of billionaires, support for the Washington County sheriff and more.

Billionaires have their own agenda when spending big

Jeff Bezos, the multi-billionaire who owns Amazon, recently pledged $10 billion to fight climate change.

Naturally, he and his company achieved substantial public approval. However, his pledge calls to mind a recent criticism made of his fellow billionaire, Michael Bloomberg.

The former New York mayor gave substantial contributions to many fine charitable causes in New York City. However, when residents wanted to oppose a major homeless policy of Mayor Bloomberg, they found many otherwise likely allies refusing to join in criticism of the mayor for fear of upsetting him and losing his support of their charities.

Here, Bezos is faced with substantial criticism regarding working conditions in Amazon facilities world-wide. Those who campaign against global warming would be likely supporters of the disadvantaged workers. But now that Bezos has made this pledge (whether or not he really follows through), he has probably acquired the same insurance against criticism enjoyed by Bloomberg.

In view of the immense size of Amazon (566,000 employees at last count), $10 billion is probably not too big a price to pay to discourage support for international labor activism, as well as gain favorable press.

Richard Botteri, Raleigh Hills

Garrett shows his quality in caring for all

Please join me in re-electing Sheriff Pat Garrett.

As a Washington County community member and volunteer in the Washington County Jail, I firmly believe that Sheriff Pat Garrett is responsible for a safe, well-run, clean, and modern jail. This facility offers a wide variety of important services to inmates, providing them with important skills, abilities,and attitudes necessary to become successful members of society upon release thus reducing the odds of returning to jail. These services include programs like drug and alcohol relapse prevention, mental health treatment, housing support, job training, parenting classes, anger management, violence prevention programs, literacy courses, high school credit recovery, GED completion courses, and many more.

Not every inmate is ready to change, but thanks to Pat's commitment to serving every member of Washington County, the Sheriff's Office is always ready to deliver this array of life-enriching — and sometimes life-saving — services to those in need.

As a homeowner in Washington County for over 38 years, I trust Sheriff Garrett, who is just, accountable, and believes in values driven-service for all of community citizens, including those incarcerated. I hope you'll join me in voting to retain Pat Garrett as our Washington County sheriff.

Robert Zahrowski, Rock Creek

A disaster we've seen before — but not for a while

Late in my eighth decade, at a time coronavirus is upon us, I am struck how current generations have been spared similar crises for the most part.

During the 1800s, malaria was prevalent, rabies not uncommon and East Coast summers brought death from yellow fever. Typhus, tuberculosis, typhoid, tetanus, influenza, measles, pneumonia, and scurvy caused more Civil War deaths than combat. In winters, the young died of whooping cough and diphtheria. In 1918, influenza killed millions of young and old worldwide. The youth in my era dreaded polio and rheumatic fever, unheard of now.

For decades, vaccines and antibiotics have spared us. As we face the threat of coronavirus, may we be thankful for past advances in medicine, hopeful and confident of more to come, laudatory of the leadership in Oregon for its interventions, appreciative of the resilience of preceding generations, and dedicated to emulate their courage, willingness to place population before self and support each other in

trying times.

David Nardone, Hillsboro


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