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This week, The Times publishes reader letters about the school system and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Why should we be paying for schools?

When we are billed for services that are not provided, a refund is due. This is exactly the case for taxes paid to local school districts during the pandemic shutdown.

While a significant number of school employees have not been working any more than a few days per week, they have received minimally reduced compensation and, in many cases, have also collected stimulus-related pay.

Meanwhile, students have not been getting anything near a comprehensive curriculum.

So, as taxpayers supporting the system, we too are being shortchanged. School districts are not in financial peril despite assumptions to the contrary. A refund for services not rendered is an equitable answer to taxation without tangible results.

Dave Murray, Cedar Hills

Too difficult for seniors to get vaccinated

It has been almost impossible for seniors to get vaccine appointments in Oregon. In fact, we are significantly behind surrounding states in our rate of vaccinations among the 65 and older population. Lack of internet and computer use, extreme demand and seniors temporarily moved to the back of the line to prioritize teachers have led us to this point.

With two grandchildren in the Oregon school system, I completely support teachers becoming vaccinated. However, I also believe the state needs to balance our doses between vulnerable populations and teachers. The fact is COVID-19 is disproportionately more dangerous for seniors.

Health care distributors have brought over 1.5 million doses of three different vaccines to our state, and more is promised by the Biden administration. Distributors already have relationships with pharmacies, hospitals and other care facilities so it seems to me our state government should lean on these same logistics experts to help distribute the vaccines across Oregon.

I hope our lawmakers will soon address the growing concern among our state's senior community and get us vaccinated. The state has a reliable partner in healthcare distributors; they should use them.

Rosie Stephens, Lake Oswego

Our reputation here, our reputation elsewhere

The education system is teaching our kids that America sucks. Right now, there are thousands of people trying to cross our southern border.

Does America suck? Nobody told them that.

Scott Holland, Tigard


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