Readers' letters for April 22
Crisis shows importance of biopharmaceutical research
Science will bring us to the other side of this crisis. There will be no safety or security in normalcy in a COVID-19 world until we have a proven vaccine or more advanced treatment, both byproducts of continued biopharmaceutical research. In addition to pouring support into our communities and states, our elected officials in Washington must support America's biopharmaceutical industry.
I'm a pre-med student and certified sterile technician. Time and time again, my work and studies have revealed how expansive biopharmaceutical research is, and all the things modern researchers and scientists have set out to conquer. There's no health care challenge too confusing or too big, and it seems there is research for every condition once thought incurable.
What's more gratifying is knowing that so much of this research is happening on American shores. Though it'll be awhile until I get to take part in it, I've got so much to look forward to. I truly believe that biomedical and biopharmaceutical research is essential to the advancement of scientific knowledge and the health, wellness, and longevity of our society.
As COVID-19 continues to spread, I'm proud to have chosen a field and profession that will one day allow me to serve on the frontlines. For now, I'm more than happy to be a beacon of knowledge in my family and community, reminding them of the importance of continued biopharmaceutical research considering this crisis.
A vaccine is the only way forward, and we should all put our backing behind the biopharmaceutical industry that is currently developing one. The federal government must do all it can to support this progress.
Natalia Garzon Carrillo
Brandenburg is best choice for new sheriff
Clackamas County voters will soon select their new sheriff. Undersheriff Angela Brandenburg, an experienced leader, manager and dedicated public servant, is clearly the most qualified candidate in the race. Throughout her career, Angela actively sought out opportunities to serve in nearly every division of the Sheriff's Office, including appointments to special assignments. In addition to working as a Patrol Deputy, she served as a Civil Deputy, Patrol Sergeant and Civil Sergeant, Patrol Deputy Field Training Officer, a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), and the Search and Rescue Team.
As a member of Clackamas Women's Services Board of Directors, I have had the privilege to work with Angela in her leadership role as the Investigations Division Lieutenant serving as the Director of Oregon's first comprehensive Family Justice Center, A Safe Place. Angela has developed a strong working relationship with community partners such as Clackamas Women's Services to provide a coordinated community response to better serve victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Angela knows our community, and is committed to addressing concerns of all community members. My experience with Angela leads me to believe that she will be fiscally responsible and accountable to the public. She will continue to embrace innovative strategies and work side-by-side with community partners to protect our most vulnerable citizens.
Angela Brandenburg has built a strong foundation of experience in all aspects of law enforcement administration. She knows what it will take to protect and serve the lives and property of our residents. Strong leadership, management and interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of victims in our community make Angela the obvious choice for Clackamas County Sheriff.
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