The News-Times publishes letters on the Electoral College and a Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue measure.

Keep Oregon's voice in electoral politics

To abandon the Electoral College is pure foolishness. A nationwide popular vote would remove Oregon from having any impact on presidential elections, even less than it does now.

The total population of this state is about 4.27 million people. The population of New York City (just that one city) is 8.82 million people.

We will become voiceless vassals for the population centers. The promises of politicians will be aimed at those areas, and rewards delivered thereon to keep them happy (and the elected in office).

Please, think for yourself. Do not be swayed by the careless brayings of revisionists into throwing out what the Founders of this nation so wisely crafted.

Harold Hutchison, Forest Grove

TVF&R firefighter asks voters to support bond measure

For those living within Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's response area, the upcoming Nov. 2 election includes Measure 34-308: authorizing general obligation bonds for emergency service investments.

I am a member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1660. Our ability to respond effectively to emergency calls is affected by all of the things this bond will finance.

Replacement of emergency response vehicles reaching the end of their usable life. Improvements to fire stations. Upgrades to the training center. These are things we need to do our job well.

As firefighters and paramedics, we prioritize providing excellent customer service to the communities we serve.

This bond will not increase the current tax rate; it will replace the existing bonds that are declining, keeping the current tax rate stable. Well worth it for exceptional service in emergency response.

Voters considering this bill: I trust you to see the value in continuing your current tax rate in exchange for effective emergency response within your community.

Samantha Lundeby, Lake Oswego

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