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This mailbag includes letters in support of vaccinating teachers and criticizing the response to the Capitol riots.

Former state rep says teachers need vaccines for safety

During my time as a state representative, I fought hard for the rights of teachers across Oregon. This was personal for me as a former teacher myself, and I know the sacrifices that teachers make. They work daily to not just educate the next generation, but to create critical thinkers and better people both in and out of the classroom.

Saying that COVID-19 completely changed teaching this year would be an understatement. Our educators adapted to the uncertainties, virtual teaching, and social distancing guidelines, doing their part to ensure our students had access to the best education while, at the same time, keeping them safe,

But students will not be able to truly benefit from all that our school systems have to offer until they can safely return to the classroom. The only way to do so with complete safety is with the vaccine. Fortunately, the state has expanded access to teachers, and they can make appointments beginning Jan. 23.

Our state officials are working to improve vaccination distribution throughout the state, along with the help from our healthcare partners. These people are paramount to our recovery from the virus, and they will be the ones ensuring teachers are vaccinated — safely and quickly.

Margaret Doherty, Tigard

Capitol insurrection shouldn't be used as political pretext

The rioting in our nation's capital on Jan. 6 is the Democrat Party's Reichstag Fire.

Like the Nazi politicians in 1933 Germany, Democrat politicians are using this tragic and deplorable incident as an excuse to villify, censor and remove all their political and opinion opponents from positions of authority, power and influence.

The big lie in 1933 was that communists started the fire, in order to overthrow the government. The big lie in 2021 is that President Donald Trump gave a speech inciting people to storm the Capitol building, in order to overthrow the government.

If the Democrat efforts to achieve permanent one-party rule of America succeed, we will indeed lose our republic, as Benjamin Franklin warned us so long ago.

James Caster, Tigard


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