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Readers have different perspectives on cap-and-trade and the Republican walkout, among other topics.

Appreciation from local business owner for Senate walkout

I would like to thank all the senators that walked out on the legislative session today. It is clear that you support small business.

We have been in business since 1978 and have worked hard to build a company that not only supports the community we serve but the employees that work here. This bill would cause a great hardship on our company if not put us out of business. To replace nearly 80% of our fleet of trucks and construction equipment would not be possible. That is what would be required of us if the cap-and-trade bill is passed.

If it were all about, my wife and I we could just close shop and retire. It's about the nearly 50 families that would suffer the loss of jobs. Some of them have been with the company for more than 30 years.

Gov. Kate Brown needs to understand that money does not grow on trees and we do not have the millions of dollars that this bill would cost us and countless other small businesses.

Once again, thank you for supporting Oregon's small businesses.

Jim Roofener Sr.

President, HPS Construction Inc.

Republicans' excuses for Capitol walkout ring hollow

I think everyone understands what what the Republican legislators don't like about the cap-and-invest bill. There are plenty of things people don't like about their jobs; we all get it.

What we don't get is their argument for not showing up for work. This is important to me because the work is not just a job but a sworn duty. For example, we know one can refuse to do something in the military or in law enforcement if it is unlawful, but losing a debate doesn't really fit that, does it?

These legislators might be able to make a point about morality, but since none of them have walked out on bills that expanded access to abortions, there is a problem with that excuse as well. I really just question their sincerity, because they're essentially saying murder is OK but cap-and-invest is immoral.

Jason Hitzert, Beaverton

Retired Army colonel says Garrett keeps us safe

I support Sheriff Pat Garrett because he is committed to keeping Washington County safe. He demonstrates this commitment by maintaining strong partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement partners, local businesses, social service organizations, and faith community leaders.

Sheriff Garrett partners with the US Marshals Service on their Fugitive Task Force — a team that locates and apprehends Washington County's most dangerous wanted fugitives. He also supports a Criminal Apprehension Team within his own office to do similar work, conducting compliance checks on sex offenders registered in the county. The Sheriff's Office leads an interagency drug task force that targets mid- and upper-level drug trafficking organizations. And the Sheriff's interagency Tactical Negotiations Team is a highly-trained and experienced SWAT team, always prepared to respond to the most complex and dangerous critical incidents.

In response to racial and religious intolerance, Sheriff Garrett formed partnerships with the Muslim Educational Trust and the Bilal Mosque (relationships that continue to this day). He also participated in and addressed the interfaith security and safety summit at Congregation Neveh Shalom.

Sheriff Garrett's personal efforts to keep these relationships healthy, positive and productive make all the difference. Relationships matter. Keep Pat Garrett sheriff!

John E. Ryan, Beaverton

Difficult transitions await if we don't take climate action

Regarding the Citizen's View article by Mike Pihl ("Cap-and-trade will hurt rural Oregon jobs," Feb. 19, 2020) in which he discusses the trials and tribulations of dealing with the effects of pending cap-and-trade legislation, I offer the following.

It seems that Pihl is a good, hardworking American who certainly faces some difficult transitions in the new era of combating climate change. Welcome to the club, Mike. Dealing with this issue is going to be very disruptive to all of us, some more than others.

Read Mike Pihl's Feb. 19, 2020, commentary about how cap-and-trade will affect the logging industry in Oregon.

First of all, climate change is not something we can turn away from. We are talking about nothing less than the extinction of the human race. Without serious changes, some say it will happen in 200 years and some, like the late Stephen Hawking, say 1,000 years. We must act now.

Cap-and-trade is one idea to legislate the change we need. Make burning fossil fuels more expensive. I think this is imperative. And I am sorry that it will affect you probably more than others.

But wait, there are some alternatives that could help ease the pain.

Since cap-and-trade is, in essence, a tax, the Legislature could issue people like yourself subsidies to ease the pain and make the transition more bearable. Why not raise the price of your commodities to help offset the added costs of fuel? It is not like your competitors aren't facing the same issues.

Mike, thank you for your efforts and good luck to you.

Paul DuPont, Portland

Be 'super clean' and set good example in your community

I want to do what I can to help prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria in our community.

Aside from staying home when sick, the best defense we have is wiping down surfaces and, most importantly, frequent and thorough handwashing.

What if we all do our part in our community on this? Wipe down our community spaces. Handles to the library doors, school surfaces, community railings, coffee shops, banks, atm buttons, etc.

It's not about mass panic or paranoia, it's about doing something small like taking an antibacterial wipe out of your pocket or purse and using it as you move through our community. Teaching our kids and holding each other accountable to thorough and correct handwashing. At my hospital, we call this movement "super clean." If someone sees someone forget to wash their hands or clean equipment, we just nicely say "super clean" to each other. We have a community understanding that disease is fought at a community level, and if we all don't work together, we don't stand a chance.

This recent outbreak is a great reminder that we should be doing this all the time — especially to protect the vulnerable. I am hoping to go into our local schools with glow germ and black lights to teach handwashing on my day off. It's an easy thing to do and super fun.

I encourage everyone to do what they can to help stop the spread of all community viruses and bacteria. What can you do today to help be super clean?

Chelsea Gallagher, Sherwood


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