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Letter writer Rhonda Starling of Mosier says Hood River County lost important revenue because of the Republican walkout.

The office of Gov. Kate Brown reported that the recent walkout by Sen. Chuck Thomsen and other Republican legislators left $3 million in funding for Hood River County on the table, abandoned.

A small part of that was back-filled by Gov. Brown's executive order, for which we can be thankful. The rest was essentially flushed down the toilet, for which our county will suffer.

The walkout and loss of funding came at a time when Hood River County is in dire financial straits, and is working hard to pass a revised, much-needed tax measure this May. Thomsen's flagrant disregard for the county's financial needs hurts every resident of this county. It also shows a vivid actions-speak-louder-than-words contrast with his defensive claim that his walkout was to serve the best interests of the people of this district.

For this careless throwing away of funding and other reasons, we need the upcoming tax measure to pass more than ever.

And for this and other reasons, we need Thomsen to be recalled and replaced by a more dedicated and county-serving state senator.

Rhonda Starling


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