Some residents say he'll positively affect the country; Others? Not so much

COURTESY PHOTO - Estacada area residents have expressed a wide range of opinions on President Donald Trump, who took office last month.Estacada-area residents are a lot like everyone else when it comes to their reaction to the presidency of Donald Trump: They either love him, or they really don't.

Trump's policies, which have rolled out since his inauguration last month, have spawned numerous protests in major cities, including nearby Portland.

Some protests were in response to his executive order on immigration, which would keep immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations and refugees temporarily out of the county. Others, such as the Women's March on Portland, were planned even before Trump stepped into the Oval Office.

Teryl Hoffman says that planning protests prior to the beginning of Trump's presidency was problematic.

"He never even had a chance to make mistakes," she says. "People just need to give him a chance. We the people set the tone."

Hoffman says Trump will have a positive impact on the community, specifically citing a meeting with pharmaceutical companies and promises to reduce medical costs for seniors and people with disabilities

Kathleen Judd Kraemer also says Trump's presidency "will be a good thing for America."

"I believe he will put Americans back to work and get illegal immigrants off our welfare rolls," she says. "I have high hopes for his presidency."

Several other respondents to the call from the The

Estacada News for opinions on Trump's presidency say they think he'll make the country profitable, and they respect and value his commitment to small businesses and tougher immigration laws.

Though some are pleased with Trump's presidency thus far, an equal share are anything but happy.

Tabitha Basye described Trump's actions as "wretched," specifically citing the immigration executive order, plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the crackdown on communication at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Rather than make America great, Tabitha Basye says Trump's policies will harm its relationships with other countries.

"His policies are having global ramifications, and in this day and age with the world trade and economies so tightly woven we cannot afford to be isolationists," she says. "Trump's (travel) ban has given ISIS a new recruiting line and has made us laughingstocks of the world."

Trump's travel ban is somewhat in doubt these days. Late last week a federal judge suspended the ban, and a federal appeals court has asked that briefs from both sides be submitted before it will issue a decision on whether to overturn the lower court's ruling. In the meantime, the ban is temporarily on ice.

Tabitha also calls Trump's refusal to release his taxes "a major issue."

Rachael Basye also takes issue with many of Trump's actions. She says she screams whenever she listens to the news, adding that she believes Trump has angered "half of our allies" and has made "our own citizens feel scared and unwelcome."

Carolyn Goodrich Luke says Trump's presidency will be detrimental to social justice issues, foreign relations, the environment and the economy "on a scale we have never seen before.

"The current executive orders and cabinet appointments foreshadow policies that will serve the interests of those in the top 1 percent with no regard to environmental, global and societal impacts," she says. "I am very concerned that the basic rights and freedoms of many citizens will be threatened in a way that empowers a few and compromises many."

Some say the animosity in U.S. politics isn't Trump's fault, but rather a symptom of the polarization of Americans.

Lisa Recklies says one example of this is the nature of today's news media, which she says should "go back to the basics of journalism and report the facts without embellishment or bias."

Hoffman expressed similar thoughts.

"Everyone needs to read (Trump's) executive orders," she says. "Not just the interpretations by reporters. Think openly and critically."

Ultimately, Recklies says there needs to be more compromise and "a meeting in the middle." She adds that additional tolerance of differing opinions — something she says is lacking from many discussions — would be valuable.

"Just because (choices) may differ from yours does not make them any less right nor does it make them wrong. It makes them different," she says. "If we could lower our voices. If our politicians and media could lower their voices, perhaps we could actually hear where each side is coming from, gain an understanding we may not have had before and not only learn, but respect the differences."

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