LETTERS: Washington County mayors speak out on Ukraine
Mayors against Russia's war in Ukraine
As mayors of a number of cities in Washington County, we issue this statement on behalf of the people of Ukraine who are bravely fighting for their homeland against the outrageous and intolerable actions of Vladimir Putin and his lackeys.
The invasion of Ukraine is without merit and in contravention of international law and common decency.
In addition, we stand with those of Ukrainian descent whose thoughts are with loved ones back home, and with the country which still carves out a special place in their hearts.
We also hold in our thoughts those people of Russian descent who recognize and condemn the behavior of the leaders of Russia who are engaging in this act of international terrorism. It is times such as these that we must remember that Mr. Putin is acting outside the interests of not only the Russian people, but also outside the benefit and good will of humanity.
We urge everyone to actively support the will of Ukraine to remain a free and independent nation, and for the Ukrainian people to remain free and independent of any foreign power.
Mayor, King City
Mayor, North Plains
Mayor, Forest Grove
Hutzler is an asset to county
John Hutzler has increased transparency in Washington County government.
John's jail audit took on the County Administrative Office (CAO) for failure to effectively monitor contracts and rid the county of the for-profit healthcare provider whose medical neglect let a young woman die. As a result of John's audits, your identify is protected when you pay the county with a card, your lost pet is well-cared for in the animal shelter, your ambulance arrives in time, and your school district receives its fair share of state school funds.
His opponent brings far less political and audit experience and has accomplished little for Washington County. In nearly three years, his opponent has evaluated just one county program and produced only one report. His opponent's audits for the City of Portland on homelessness and public safety did nothing to prevent the current homeless crisis or lawless conditions in Portland.
John has a track record of positive changes and his reports have twice been recognized nationally as Best Audit of the Year. Based on those merits, Hutzler has earned the endorsements of community leaders. John Hutzler is the clear choice to remain the Washington County auditor.
Eric Squires, Aloha
Mental health matters
When I decided I wanted to pursue a Ph.D in psychology, I knew I was committing my life to health, especially improving the healthcare options that are available to vulnerable communities.
Mental health tends to fall under the radar for older age groups, but thanks to programs like Medicare Advantage (MA), seniors can access the services they need to keep their mental health strong. By providing wellness programs and gym benefits, seniors can remain social and feel connected to their communities, which has a serious impact on mental health.
Especially following the isolation that was induced by the pandemic, mental health resources and champions of mental health stability have never been more important. I'm glad to see Medicare Advantage is tackling both of these components head-on.
In Oregon, we are fortunate that our members of Congress are strong supporters of Medicare Advantage which makes sense since our state has one of the highest rates of enrollment in the country. Currently, over 450,000 Oregonians are enrolled in MA plans, representing over 50% of all those over 65 or with disabilities.
Based on personal experience, I'm not surprised to see the popularity and growth. These plans offer great value and satisfaction for many seniors and provides an essential piece of our healthcare system.
It's not everyday people take the time to show gratitude for their elected officials or highlight what is working in government. However, I applaud our elected officials in Congress support for these vital services and urge them to continue to find ways to offer more choices and options for seniors.
Carol Greenough, Tualatin
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