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Non-election-related letters? We've got them in our first post-election readers' mailbag.

The spirit of giving is alive in Tigard

The congregation of Calvin Presbyterian Church wishes to publicly thank the Tigard City Council for a very generous grant of $6,000 this summer to assist with our backpacks and school supplies project.

The grant made it possible for us to purchase sturdy backpacks, new calculators and graph paper for 185 middle school and high school students. Our congregation also purchased full sets of school supplies for all the packs, and everything was delivered the first week of Aug. 6, well before school started.

Because of COVID-19, the Tigard-Tualatin School District anticipated a greater need than in previous years, so we are extremely grateful for the city of Tigard's assistance. It gave us all great joy to be able to provide all the packs, full of supplies, ready to hand to the students as they registered for the year.

We want to make sure the students know they are important, valued and welcomed into the schools.

Joyce Dorsett

Joanne Shipley

Calvin Presbyterian Church

Don't leave people waiting for COVID-19 cure

I am a community organizer in Portland, working on behalf of progressive candidates and policies.

Right now, I'm feeling extremely thankful for all the work our legislators have done to help Oregonians in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. But I must continue to urge that this is not over. I don't believe the pandemic will be over until we have a vaccine for COVID-19 and elected leaders who believe in science and research.

As a person who has watched our country flounder for answers on to how to address our healthcare system, I'm disheartened to see more floundering by way of recent proposals and policies coming from the administration. One such policy is the most favored nation healthcare policy, which works to put restrictions on pharmaceutical innovation. In the middle of a pandemic, our country needs increased pharmaceutical innovation, and it's disappointing to see the current person in the White House disregard this.

My paternal grandfather died of heart disease after working as a postal carrier his entire life. In my family there is a long history of cancer and diabetes. I, myself, was in a serious car accident and have been dealing with chronic pain since.

We cannot leave people waiting for cures that won't come. The need to push for innovation and drug development has never been so clear.

I hope Oregon's lawmakers will stand up for patients and put families throughout our community who, like mine, are awaiting a cure — both for the specific issues that plague us and for COVID-19.

Joe Emmons, Portland


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