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Our readers sound off on school resources officers and the importance of electric vehicles.

In an editorial published June 24, Clare Collins suggests the Forest Grove School Board should vote to not have school resource officers in Forest Grove schools.

She cites several reasons for this, one of which is the percentage of students who identify as Latinx, Hispanic or Mexican having concerns about SROs on school grounds.

I would suggest that rather than separation of the two groups, thus furthering explicit and implicit biases that will inform future interactions between them, the schools should have SROs on site.

Several social science studies (of which I can not quote by name and date unfortunately) demonstrate that having disparate groups interact reduces biases and allows members to reevaluate their preconceived ideas (usually negative) and reduce prejudice.

For the benefit of the community, then, it would prove more positive to have SROs than not.

Bill Seibt, Forest Grove

Let's not abandon electric vehicles now

The critique on electric vehicles in My View by John A. Charles Jr. in your June 17 paper was a worthwhile read. I appreciated the information on the drawbacks and risks of driving electric vehicles.

Mr. Charles' conclusion to abandon the governor's EV mandate and stay instead with gasoline-powered vehicles is understandable, as the latter are far better known products. However, asking to raise the white flag on an EV mandate instead raises a big red one: It means we stay with business-as-usual and drive ourselves even more fully into climate danger.

Our timeframe for making significant changes to avoid the worst effects and impending irreversibility of climate change is very short. Responses on many levels are needed, including moving our transportation away from fossil fuels.

When the first boat capsized and people drowned, the answer obviously was not, "OK, that's it, let's stick to land." Nor did we revert to horse and buggy when the first internal combustion car burst into flames.

Let's move forward on getting to know EV products, continue to innovate for problems of safety and convenience, and be part of the myriad solutions to climate change so urgently needed.

Donna Maebori, Beaverton


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