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Readers have thoughts on Jackson School Road, climate change, a recall effort and more.

Don't recall state Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell

I am strongly opposed to the Tiffiny Mitchell recall effort. Tiffiny is an outstanding representative and truly cares about her constituents. She is open to meet with anyone and listens to your concerns with an open mind. She serves all the people of her district not just the big business interests.

This recall is supported by big money including Andrew Miller, CEO of Stimson Lumber. He blames government for recent layoffs at his mill, but he made those layoffs before the business tax was even passed. Funny how he laid off 60 employees, yet he has millions to donate to Republican candidates. He was born into wealth and lives in his mansion in Portland but then feels his business should not be taxed for local schools, fire protection and other state services.

Tiffiny is ready to work with all of us to make Oregon a better place to live. She supports timber interests because she knows they provide good jobs in Oregon and she supports people who are concerned about clean air and water for our children and grandchildren too. If you don't agree with her voting record then call her and talk to her about your concerns.

Recalls are for corruption, not to oust a person who doesn't vote the way you want them to. That is what elections are for.

Ruth Dallas, Gaston

Climate action — what's in it for us, reader asks?

Concerning the Citizen's View article by Mark Reynolds and Richard Turnock, I have a question. What does the general public receive from carbon pricing?

Mostly what I see published are articles such as this one — urging action to solve this dire climate emergency. Can we be told exactly what we get for our money besides raising energy costs, depressing the economy and a lower standard of living for most people?

Refer to Mark Reynolds and Richard Turnock's commentary on the climate crisis, published Oct. 30, 2019.

There have been many scary climate predictions in the past and most have been wrong. The computer models that are used are manipulated to get the results wanted due to the politicization of climate science, or some factors which should be considered are not included. There is now a political bias in the science. If a scientist is on the "wrong" side of the issue, then the chance of funding is almost nothing.

The climate issue is about power and money which will be transferred to the central government. As the writers state, some of the money will be returned to a select group of people — selected by the government, of course. More government control and less freedom.

Troy Smith, Beaverton

Congress right to move forward on impeachment

As a Christian minister, I understand the importance of democracy. Our freedom is incumbent on the rule of law. The Constitution must be upheld. The vote by the U.S. House to formalize the impeachment process was a moral imperative.

The majority of the U.S. House voted to uphold the rule of law by formalizing the impeachment process. It is disappointing to see the GOP vote in lockstep with Donald Trump. Where is their integrity? Where is their moral center?

Earlier this month, I joined over 100 other national Christian leaders in endorsing the impeachment inquiry. As we said: "For the sake of our nation's integrity and the most vulnerable in our society, we call on fellow Christians to support the current impeachment inquiry. Now is the time to shine the light of truth. Please join us in praying that the truth will be revealed and set us all free."

The Rev. Chuck Currie

Director, Center for Peace and Spirituality

Chaplain, Pacific University

Hillsboro girl concerned about Jackson School trees

One year ago, I was selected to light the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree that came from Oregon. It was a life-changing experience for me. This beautiful tree brought people together.

Today, people are coming together to save all the trees in our Jackson School Road community. The Hillsboro City Council needs to listen to the many pleas to change the design of the road. It would save a lot of trees and maybe even my grandparent's 75-year-old willow tree.

My grandparents are losing over 50 trees on their property alone. They were always told that their 75-year-old weeping willow tree was going to be spared. But I guess that's not the case anymore. The city is scheduled to cut it down.

Watching my family in action has taught me a very valuable lesson. And sometimes you have to have the courage to stand up for what is right and what you believe in. That is never easy. My family and I strongly believe that what the city of Hillsboro is doing to Jackson School Road is very wrong indeed.

Following in my footsteps, my Nana is going to publish a children's picture book about her willow tree and its long life. It will be a memory of the willow tree and all that it has experienced. How the story ends remains to be seen.

My family and I are doing everything we can to save these innocent trees from getting cut down. Not just ours, but all of the trees down Jackson School Road. If these trees all get removed, the charm of our community will be gone forever.

Where I write and where I play,

And the many birds flit about all day

The willow tree it stands so tall

Majestic and incredible to one and all

Through sunrise and through many sunsets

I haven't given up hope just yet.

Brigette Harrington, Hillsboro

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