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Letter writer Beth Flake of Hood River says Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, shirked his responsibilities by walking out on the short session in Salem.

Sen. Chuck Thomsen has broken his promise to represent us in the Legislature. He chose to go on vacation in Arizona, but continued to collect his taxpayer-funded salary and daily stipend.

He must be recalled and replaced by someone who will show up and fight for our jobs, our schools, our healthcare and our future.

Since Thomsen chose to walk away from his responsibilities again, many important bills were blocked in Salem. These bills would have supported the Hood River Warming Shelter, Search and Rescue operations in Hood River County, child abuse prevention and treatment, wildfire management, flood recovery in the Pendleton area, NORCOR jail services and many other critical needs in our state.

Running away will not resolve these issues. If elected officials are unhappy with a bill, they should work to improve it or simply vote "No".

If Thomsen refuses to represent us, he should be recalled and replaced by someone who will.

Beth Flake

Hood River


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