Readers opine on Brian Boquist's comments, a local electric co-op race, democratic governance and more.

Boquist was provoked by governor's actions

I disagree with your opinion regarding Sen. Brian Boquist ("Hillsboro needs a new senator," editorial published July 10, 2019). I support the Republicans who walked out to prevent the Democrats from forcing through legislation that would be bad for Oregon.

Read our July 10, 2019, op-ed arguing that Brian Boquist should step down or be expelled from office.

Gov. Kate Brown ordering the arrest of the Republicans is something you would expect from a dictator. Her fascist behavior should be condemned. Sen. Boquist's comments were clearly not a serious threat. He was provoked by Kate Brown's threats.

Lori Walker, Hillsboro

Paleck a great candidate for West Oregon Electric

I feel honored to introduce you to Erika Paleck for those of you who don't know her. Erika is running for Position 5 on the West Oregon Electric Cooperative Board.

I have known Erika for 10-plus years and have known her to be very ethical, honest, informed and willing to learn. Her husband Bob had held the same position for nine years, and learning about WOEC and the inner workings was a joint effort.

I met Erika while being a part of the Ford Family Leadership Cohort 2. Erika excelled during the conference and was a driving force to get the courtyard built next to the Learning Center (currently the Senior Center thrift store). She is also a leader in the Junior Salmon Action for the past 11-plus years. She is a member of the City Planning Commission, the Vernonia Health Center Board and other organizations.

When she commits to be a part of the organizations, she researches and becomes very knowledgeable about what needs to be done and how to do it. She is always willing to listen to other points of view. You will notice that when she becomes involved in something it's a long-term commitment.

Erika Paleck is a genuine good person and will be a valuable asset to the WOEC Board. I urge you to vote for Erika Paleck for Position 5 on the WOEC Board.

Carol Davis, Vernonia

Johnson on wrong side of National Popular Vote

In Sen. Betsy Johnson's scripted speech before she voted against Senate Bill 870, I can't decide what's worse: Johnson's shocking defense of President Donald Trump or her assault against the National Popular Vote.

The senator's failed call for ballot reference was a deliberate lose-lose strategy. One where a backwards-worded — "yes" means "no" — language during a low-turnout election might make it easy for opponents with millions in PAC money to manufacture a failure they could exploit as a pretext to block any future reconsideration.

Her sudden concern for the opinions of voters is worthy of a "Blazing Saddles"-style satire. Where were her tender sentiments for voter preferences in 2016 when 3 million votes were tossed in the garbage?

Even if it passed, recall that a state does not have authority above the U.S. Constitution. It would be a triviality to overturn because Article 2, Section 1 explicitly says that the state Legislature has exclusive authority in how it assigns its electors, not the voters. That is why no proponent has espoused that cynically written political dumpster fire attempt to derail and kill it.

The National Popular Vote is about one word: "democracy."

Johnson neither represents her party, which resolved to support it, nor the majority of voters who support it. Complaining that renewed interest in passage of the National Popular Vote is because of two words, "Donald Trump," is like ridiculing the declaration of war against fascist Japan because of the two words: "Pearl Harbor."

Whose side is she on?

Ted Thomas, Astoria

It's time 'us' listened to 'we' the people

Each month, Oregon's secretary of state publishes a report on voter registration. Much to the dismay of Democratic politicians in Salem and the national media, Oregon is not as blue as they think.

Oregon does not have two groups of voters; "us," the progressive liberal socialists, and "them," the far-right conservatives; but are listed in 10 different groups. The June report shows "us" with 34.95% and "them" with 25.30%. Leaving "we the people" with a 39.75% majority. [Ed.: Respectively, these numbers refer to registered Democrats; registered Republicans; and other voters, who make up a plurality of the electorate.]

The "we" majority do not ride public transportation like CC Rider or TriMet. The "we" majority do not want to live in high-density housing communities. The "we" majority do not like the "us" groups dictating their urban agendas into our rural communities.

The "we" majority want good-paying jobs in our communities so "we" won't have to drive into their communities to work.

Hard-working state senators like Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose; Bill Hansell, R-Athena; and Dennis Linthicum, R-Klamath Falls, understand their constituents have different political values but are trying their best to fulfill their obligations to serve their communities. Sure, "we" may not all agree to the outcomes, but that is how a democracy works.

Oregon has 36 counties with vastly different needs than just the three counties, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas, which have the highest population density. The "us" majority in Salem and the Portland area need to take a step back and listen rather than dictate "their" agenda.

Joe Turner, Columbia City

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