Letters to the Editor: April 1, 2021
Librarians have been champions during COVID-19, too
Thank you for your recent article on how local public libraries in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services system are beginning to open up after a year of limited operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past year, much has been said about the significant contributions of "front-line workers." However, to our knowledge, the staff and volunteers of the WCCLS system, and in particular the Forest Grove and Brookwood branches that we use regularly, have not been given this kind of recognition. It is certainly deserved.
Public library workers have been able to devise strategies to allow library patrons to continue to gain access to a variety of resources during the pandemic — most notably these have been curbside pick up and "grab and go" options. These actions have enabled library users to access books, videos, music and other items to keep up people's spirits during the lockdown period.
Again, thanks to everyone who is involved in the WCCLS system and for your service to the public in a very challenging time. Your efforts are appreciated by everyone.
Lisa Sardinia, Laurelwood
PhRMA's ads are wrong about SB 844
Over the last week, I've seen PhRMA ads flooding Oregon newspapers and social media feeds, and I'm disgusted by how misleading they are. They claim that Senate Bill 844, which would create a prescription drug affordability board to curb skyrocketing costs, would limit patient access to medications. That's simply false.
Prescription drug prices are rising with no end in sight. Most people can't think of a price tag on health that they're not willing to pay, which Big Pharma knows. We have to make sure that the overwhelming power pharmaceutical manufacturers already have won't continue to be abused through them charging increasingly high prices for medications people need.
Oregon lawmakers have a chance right now to do something about it by passing SB 844. The bill would stop prescription drug price-gouging by setting limits on how much the pharmaceutical industry can charge for life-saving medications, and identify key prescription drugs that create affordability challenges.
Don't be fooled by PhRMA's misinformation. SB 844 doesn't limit access to medications; in fact it tries to make them more accessible by making them more affordable. The fact that PhRMA feels so threatened by this legislation only proves its power. Their ads say Oregonians "should tell politicians to stop threatening access to innovative treatments and vaccines." The only threat in the bill is the threat to pharmaceutical manufacturers' greed and record profits that grow every single year with significant price increases that harm families across this country. They're running these ads for the good of their wallets, not the people they're supposed to help.
Ashley Hilfer, Hillsboro
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