Letters to the Editor: July 16, 2020
Focus on the real problems with our immigration system
In reading Richard F. LaMountain's opinion re: the recent DACA decision (letter to the editor, July 9, 2020), I am struck by the focus of the head of an "immigration reform" organization on the possibility that the Supreme Court of the United States undermined the "rule of law."
As I understand their decision, it had more to do with the "process" that the present administration did or did not follow in the executive order than whether the DACA act was valid or not. That is not an undermining of the rule of law; in fact, it supports it by stating that there are rules for doing what the adminstration wanted to do, but failed because it didn't follow those rules.
More importantly, if one purports to be concerned about immigration reform, why state the those who were brought here, not of their own volition, return to a country that most of them have never even seen? Why would there be any reason to disrupt the lives of over 700,000 "law-abiding" individuals who have careers, families, and jobs instead of focusing your organization on its stated purpose of "immigration reform?"
The time has long passed for meaningful and reasonable change to our immigration system. We shouldn't start by sending away individuals who grew up in our country, and are productive members of our society. Let's focus instead on forcing our elected officials to fix the broken system we have and start with a practical and reasonable path for those that have already earned the right to be here to stay.
Layton Rosencrance, Rock Creek
Sloop wants to make Oregon more affordable
At a recent, small, socially distanced get-together at a friend's home, I had the privilege of meeting Kelly Sloop.
Kelly is running for Oregon representative seat in District 37. She is a pharmacist who grew up in West Linn and has been increasingly disappointed in state leadership.
Kelly wants to improve Oregon livability for the entire state by supporting education and healthcare. She recognizes the need to find alternatives to increasing taxes (over $1 billion passed last year).
Kelly and her family are experiencing the adverse effects the corporate activities tax is having on small businesses and families by driving up the cost of all goods and services. Oregon is quickly becoming unaffordable for many residents.
What happens in the Oregon Legislature has an enormous impact on our day-to-day lives. Recently, many very important decisions have been made by executive order and without hearing public testimony.
Everyone should have a voice in Salem. Kelly Sloop wants to be your voice. Kelly Sloop is not a career politician with an agenda. She is a longtime Oregon resident willing to commit her time and energy to bring balance back to the Oregon Legislature. Learn more at kellysloop.com.
Julie Tolboe, Wilsonville
Dreamers don't deserve deportation
Richard LaMountain's letter in the July 9 Times blasting the DACA program exemplifies the appalling lack of empathy and sympathy that has come to distinguish modern conservatism.
These young Dreamers did not ask to violate the law. They have been raised as Americans, their native language is English, they pledge allegiance to the American flag. Their lives are here. Most do not even know they are undocumented until they try to get a driver's license.
Sending them back to what is to them a foreign country, where they know no one, do not know the customs, and do not even speak the language, is unthinkable cruelty. They did not commit a crime.
LaMountain claims to speak for the Organization for Immigration Reform. I can only hope this is a sick joke. He's not after reform, he is is after the inquisition.
Tim Roberts, Bull Mountain
Legislative candidate stands with Portland police
Grieved, appalled and angry — that's what I feel along with so many other Oregonians by what has been allowed to happen in Portland. The police asked for support from our elected officials to "stand up and defend Portland. Condemn the violence and the burning, looting, and destruction of property."
I am not an elected official, but I am a candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives, and part of my House district (HD 27) is in Portland. I can say with confidence that the majority of people in HD 27 and I support our Portland police officers, and we do condemn the lawlessness, violence, and destruction in Portland. Our hardworking, beleaguered police need every encouragement to allow them to do their jobs to bring peace back to Portland.
These weeks of destruction did not have to happen. A small group of violent protesters have hijacked the peaceful protesters whose voices are being drowned.
I encourage Portlanders and Oregonians to stop and think before they cast their vote in November. Leadership matters. Our police deserve better — and so do we.
Sandra Nelson, Beaverton
Why won't police take a firm stance against police violence?
From last week's paper, the Tualatin police chief is quoted as saying, "Most of us are looking at (the George Floyd video) going, 'That is not right.'"
Most of us? Really? Not "all of us?"
Read our story on police chiefs' response to the death of George Floyd and calls for reform, published online July 13, 2020.
Who exactly on the force saw that video and thought that was appropriate? Another cop that would have stood over him as he was choked to death? Murdered! What?
You wonder why so many people want to defund the police. That's why. The police can't police themselves and purge the bad cops. The unions' power play is like the ethics of the Catholic Church and their pedophile priests. Move 'em around, don't get rid of 'em.
This is messed up. Destroy the police unions, or the cycle of violence continues. If you you need convincing, just wait until the next George Floyd incident.
Brian Conroy, Durham
A reader's letter to his father
You and I had a short discussion recently about policy versus personality in politics. I'm following up with this thought today.
Yes, I look to the New York Times — you follow Fox News. We clearly look for information in different places. Each has its own political slant and clouds reporting with commentary. It is up to the consumer of their products to discern what is fact and what is opinion, or even fiction. The filters you and I use are constructed of our intelligence, our character and integrity, our honesty and our empathy. These are the things I look for first and foremost in politics and politicians. They are not found everywhere I look.
Charlie Sykes, a founder and editor-at-large of The Bulwark, is a Trump-disgusted Republican, although Sykes no longer considers himself a Republican. He describes himself as "a politically homeless contrarian conservative."
"The heart of politics is not about the policy," he says. "It's about the values. I can disagree with you on eight out of 10 issues, but if you're an honorable, honest, empathetic human being, we can do business." (New York Times, Opinion Page, "The Republicans Who Want to Destroy Trump," by Frank Bruni, July 11, 2020)
I agree with Charlie. We all have our tendencies to be contrarian. Perhaps we should all be "politically homeless." We certainly should all work together in overcoming the challenges that face our communities, our society, our country. How do we want to go about it? Like Charlie, I suggest, with honor and empathy, we can do business.
With love and respect,
Mitch Taylor, Forest Grove
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