Letters to the Editor: Sept. 3, 2020
Bereaved family appreciates support, hopes for change
I would like to thank the Forest Grove community for their love and support in connection with the tragic accident that killed our son Daniel Michael Stewart this past July 12.
Daniel was 34 years old and had relocated in Portland two weeks earlier. He had successfully completed a 5,500-mile ride across the country on his motorcycle. He was out for a Sunday ride when he was struck and killed.
Daniel was an avid motorcyclist, had taught rider safety courses and worked in several motorcycle related businesses in his past.
Yesterday a few of us gathered to remember Daniel and erect one of those roadside markers that people have no doubt seen. Dan's parents, aunt and uncle and cousin and several others from the area shared in a brief remembrance of Dan.
It is our understanding that the intersection has been under study since 2013 regarding the need for a traffic light, or roundabout which might have prevented this accident. [Ed.: The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 47, Maple Street and Fern Hill Road.] We are left wondering how many more people must be maimed, injured or killed before some action is taken. We remain hopeful that some good can come out of this tragedy.
We want to thank the Forest Grove Police Department, the fire and rescue squads, the county coroner and all of those who shared in responding to the call related to the accident on July 12. Thank you for doing what was needed in that situation. Emergency personnel seldom get the credit to which they are entitled.
Paul and Mary Liz Stewart; Albany, New York
Sloop will say 'no' to new taxes
The state's Democratic supermajority has allowed them to bypass bipartisan vote and bring us another new tax called the Corporate Activity Tax (CAT). Not just your ordinary new tax, that they like to do, but one that is based on a businesses' gross revenue (sales) versus net revenue or sales after expenses.
Kelly Sloop is an example of what happens when an uncontrolled party has the ability to make and pass laws without us having a chance to vote, the ones paying the tax.
Kelly Sloop decided to get involved when the community pharmacy that she worked at was closed due to this CAT tax. A researcher by nature, Kelly started reading other bills on the legislative website and started following the state legislature more closely. Kelly grew concerned about the Legislature quickly passing bills without any voter input.
Politicians like state Rep. Rachel Prusak told us that it would only impact big corporations like Walmart and Amazon. Well, that tax closed the community pharmacy where Kelly worked. Don't believe what Rachel Prusak says about this tax only impacting large corporations — this tax is being carried onto you, the customers. We're all paying for it and we don't even know it.
What do we need to do? Vote for Kelly Sloop. Break the Democratic supermajority so they cannot continue to pass laws without the voter getting a chance to vote.
Clayton Oswald, West Linn
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