Reader letters: Readers weigh in on city resolutions
Oregon one of best states in dealing with COVID
I would like to point out regarding the city's passing resolutions against the state's COVID-19 restrictions, that as of June 10 only two states (Hawaii and Vermont) have a lower number of cases per capita than Oregon.
And only four (Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and Vermont) have a lower number of deaths per capita than Oregon.
Clearly the state has been doing much better than almost all the rest of the country during a pandemic that has claimed more than 600,000 American lives and left millions more with permanent aftereffects.
Council resolutions were waste of time, energy
In reading Kristen Wohlers story about Canby and Molalla taking a stand against more COVID-19 restrictions from the governor's office, I'm struck by one overwhelming fact. Why? Why would you waste time putting together something that has absolutely no value at all?
Are you trying to make brownie points with folks? If so, it's a lie, as we all know that if the pandemic flares again, businesses are going to follow the governor's mandates. Period. And so will the city. So, again, what's the point?
I understand taking a stand, but with things getting better, perhaps it would have been better to take a stand for vaccinations so we can more quickly hit the 70% mark, which would mark the end of restrictions and solve the issue you took a nothing stand against.
Instead, you wasted City Council time on a piece of work that isn't worth the paper it's written on. Well done, you took a stand, a stand that means nothing. Not one damn thing. It's just a hollow moment designed to help city councilors puff out their chest and say, "See, we have your backs. We will defend you from the evil machinations of the dread queen, Kate Brown."
And in the end, this moment of nothingness further divided the Canby City Council, a council that already is fracturing and filled with political division. For an entity that is supposed to be nonpartisan, Canby's council is failing miserably.
Mayor Hodson, bringing this to the council the way you did was dumb. The whole approach was dumb. I agree with the councilor who said you need to be better. You do.
You could see this being a divisive issue from a mile away and the real crime here, the real political blunder, is it was all for something that means, essentially, nothing.
I'm glad Molalla and Canby councils stand for businesses and the people who own and run them. But this stinks of a grandstand play and a waste of valuable resources.
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