Letters to the Editor: Oct. 22, 2020
Educator supports Sollman for re-election
I am writing to express strong support of Janeen Sollman for state representative, House District 30. She has served in this capacity since 2017, and I am continually grateful for her commitment and servitude to this community.
Janeen cares about the citizens, and this is so evident in her ability to not only "talk the talk" but "walk the walk". She selflessly gives of her time and energy and is visibly connected to Hillsboro and our state. With empathy and grace, Janeen takes the time to really listen to her constituents.
As an educator, I have always been impressed and grateful that Janeen spends time with our youth. She advocates openly for education, and she encourages civic participation at all ages. Her continual visits to my own classroom have inspired many students to become involved; she has taught my students that their voices do count and do make a difference.
In closing, Janeen Sollman is a wonderful state representative for District 30. Please join me in re-electing her.
Kim Harrington, Hillsboro
Fellow councilor backs Beaty for Beaverton mayor
I've worked alongside Lacey Beaty on the Beaverton City Council for six years now.
I've seen firsthand the incredible work ethic and passion Lacey brings to our local issues. She's never afraid to ask hard questions or be the sole vote on an issue. She always creates space for different perspectives and comes to council meetings educated and prepared to make decisions that benefit all of Beaverton.
In the May election, voters made it clear they want a change in Beaverton. Among other things, the voters passed term limits, a policy that Lacey championed with me. She's always looking out for the next generation of leaders, both on the City Council and in other offices. That's why she has the support of so many other candidates, such as Nadia Hasan.
And that's why I'm proud to stand in support of Lacey for Beaverton mayor, along with fellow Councilor Cate Arnold. This November, we have a chance to bring real change to Beaverton, to make good on the promise we started in May.
I hope you'll join me in electing Lacey Beaty as our next mayor.
Marc San Soucie
City Councilor, Beaverton
Legislature lost Neron constituent's trust
I purchased a car a few months ago and was surprised to see a sales tax itemized on the invoice, as Oregonians voted against a sales tax, Measure 97 in 2016. Then I learned our state Legislature passed a "hidden sales tax," House Bill 3427.
This is bothersome to me that our elected representatives would go against the will of the people.
This taxes not only automobiles but clothing, medicine, flowers. The tax is called a CAT or tax on Oregon sales, which means small and medium businesses must pay on their gross receipts. I find this underhanded and unacceptable.
I also notice our elected representatives voted to take away part of our "kicker."
State Rep. Courtney Neron voted for every tax possible. I hope you will join with me in voting for Peggy Stevens, who wants to hold the line on unreasonable new expenses for our families and hold Salem accountable for our tax dollars.
Individuals have had to learn to be wiser with their money due to lost jobs during this pandemic. Our elected representatives must do the same thing.
Scott Marchant, Hillsboro
Uhing is valuable member of Forest Grove City Council
I wholeheartedly endorse Elena Uhing for re-election to her position on the Forest Grove City Council. She has proven herself to be an exceptional city councilwoman over the past 16 years, and I have long been impressed by her wise recommendations during our interactions.
I first met Elena in the spring of 2009 when I joined the Forest Grove Historic Landmarks Board and she served as City Council liaison to the HLB. Within a very short time, Elena's knowledge of city processes, policies, and legal requirements proved extremely essential to the HLB's efforts. We HLB members sometimes joked about how often Elena "saved our skins" by cautioning us about any unforeseen ramifications of our decisions.
However, her advice was no laughing matter. On numerous occasions, she truly saved us from unknowingly making mistakes. And after she was reassigned to serve as liaison to other city boards and commissions, including Economic Development, Sustainability and Forestry, I have continued to appreciate how Elena has remained such a strong advocate for the HLB's continued efforts and for the historic preservation of our town.
I have also seen Elena in action during City Council meetings. She always impresses me with her collaborative approach while working with other council members and the public, but she is also ever vigilant to ensure that all decisions are well advised.
Elena Uhing's experience, sound judgement, and wisdom simply cannot be lost by Forest Grove. We need her. I urge all Forest Grove residents to vote for her re-election.
Holly Tsur, Forest Grove
Weber will be better representative for HD 32
Oregon is desperate for better government. That's why I support Suzanne Weber for House District 32.
We rural Oregonians need a representative like Suzanne who will protect our way of life.
I'm a country homemaker, not a special interest group from Portland. I'm offended by anyone who lumps me in with large special interests.
There are many like me who support Suzanne because she will give voice to our concerns. That's what a legislator is elected to do. Suzanne is the only candidate for our area who can find workable solutions to our problems.
I encourage my fellow voters to support Suzanne Weber for House District 32. We need good government, not more government.
Deborah L. Knapp, Gaston
Rosenthal's resume is right for Metro
I support Gerritt Rosenthal for Metro Council based on my long history working with him on air quality, natural resource protection, land use, and social equity issues. I have found him to be thorough, analytical, fair, and open-minded with a keen eye for critical details, including cost-benefit analysis.
Our work on the Washington County Citizens Action Network has shown him to understand county-wide issues. He has broad experience with solid waste, transportation, environmental quality, and land use planning, all of which are critical Metro initiatives.
His opponent, Tom Anderson of Tigard, has laudable experience with Tigard city government and commercial real estate, but his financial support from Portland real estate groups may pose conflict of interest problems on urban growth boundary decisions.
I believe Gerritt will fairly represent the interests of all District 3 communities: Beaverton, Durham, King City, Tigard, Sherwood, Tualatin and Wilsonville.
Gerritt is a 29-year resident of rural Washington County and has seen District 3 transform from small towns to an interdependent regional community. He understands the urban-rural conflicts without a specific city bias and will fight for fair representation of all the people in his district.
Gerritt's expertise will serve District 3 well.
Dale Feik, Forest Grove
Prusak is backed by radical groups
Kelly Sloop supporters know that Rep. Rachel Prusak has aligned herself with Bernie Sanders PDX, American Federation of Teachers and Black Lives Matters organizations that support the dismantling and defunding law enforcement. She is expected to follow these organizations when faced with a decision. Rachel thinks that her "breaking bread" with West Linn police brings "healing" and that her listening skills are "bringing us together."
Action is required to restore confidence in our government and law enforcement. Only real well-crafted reforms can do this without undermining our safety and making law enforcements job impossible with unreasonable working conditions.
Rachel's acceptance of donations from radicals is an existential threat to the police profession. Rachel cannot be trusted to commit to keeping existing funding for local police and denouncing the groups that are calling for their defunding, including antifa. [Ed.: Prusak has said repeatedly that she opposes calls to "defund the police."]
Defunding the Portland Police Bureau has resulted in increased crime and in July 2020 saw a 500% increase in homicides and a 300% increase in shootings compared to July of 2019.
We must have representatives that will stand up for protecting our way of life and families and cannot be an insider with the current corrupt extremist administration in Salem.
Walter Drysdale, Tualatin
Neron listens — and in Salem, that's important
We have been part of the Wilsonville community since 1975 and consider ourselves politically active and informed. Over the years, we have carefully followed a number of issues that affect the livability and economic strength of our community.
During the past legislative session, Rep. Courtney Neron demonstrated her ability to listen, weigh opposing views, dig deep into facts and science, and work for a positive outcome on issues. Her ability to work with folks with diverse views is critical to getting important work done in Salem.
We need Rep. Neron's intelligent, positive approach to issues now more than ever.
Tom and Kit Whittaker, Wilsonville
Support for Metro Council candidate Anderson
I have known Tom Anderson and his family for 10 years. I have found Tom to be honest, conscientious, caring, and knowledgeable about our community.
I support Tom for Metro, and I hope you will join me in voting for him for Metro.
Judy Miller, Tigard
Former Tualatin police chief supporting Prusak
My name is Steve Winegar, retired Tualatin police chief. I met Rachel Prusak a couple years ago, and I have had the opportunity to speak with her a number of times over the past two years. She has always been very responsive, and she listens.
Rep. Prusak understands that most of the issues we face do not have simple solutions. Whether it is gun violence, education, mental health, or social justice, Rep. Prusak is not after the "looks good" response. She wants to know what will actually make a difference — what evidence shows can work in addressing the problem.
Rep. Prusak will reach out to people who have expertise in areas relevant to an issue, to seek their input. We have discussed criminal justice issues, and she has sought my input (I have more than 32 years of experience in policing, including 16 as a police chief; decades of experience in training; and helped found the Center for Policing Excellence in Oregon).
In short, Rep. Prusak is the type of person we need representing us in the Legislature: willing to listen with a desire to make a difference rather than just do what looks good.
Steve Winegar, Tualatin
Fai's healthcare experience just what county needs now
I am writing in support of Nafisa Fai for Washington County commissioner.
We need to elect leaders at all levels of government who have the courage to do what it takes to end this pandemic that is taking so many lives.
Nafisa has nearly 20 years of experience working in the public health sector and, in recent months, has been managing contact tracing programs to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 here in Washington County.
Washington County needs a strong voice for improving our public health system, and her insights and expertise will prove invaluable as our county leaders deal with budget and policy issues related to COVID -19, our recovery from it and future challenges.
I am proud to vote for Nafisa Fai and encourage voters to cast their votes for her in the Nov. 3 election.
Ann Scherner, Tigard
Brad Witt supports our communities
We are voting to re-elect Brad Witt state representative this November.
Like Brad, education made a very positive difference in our lives, as it can for all. We understand its importance in opening the door to opportunity for everyone, and Brad works hard to ensure it is there for more Oregonians.
For example, he helped to pass legislation that delivered $23 million for our local school districts. Brad also secured the final $4.5 million to complete the new Vernonia school building following the flood. In addition, he helped put shop classes back in our state's schools, added more career and technical education and increased funding for community colleges and public universities. This is the kind of support all of our communities have the right to expect.
Brad has donated many dollars and hours to our community because he cares. He is a frequent participant at our parades, fundraisers, school functions, 4-H activities and other civic events.
We hope you will join us in supporting his re-election.
Charlotte and Dennis Hart, Warren
Who are you calling a socialist?
This is written in response to Mr. Bruce Anderson's letter, "Freedoms given up are lost forever," printed in the Oct. 9, 2020, edition of the Columbia County Spotlight. [Ed.: This letter also appeared in the Oct. 8, 2020, issues of the News-Times and The Times.]
Mr. Anderson's letter essentially juxtaposes limited government and freedom for the individual versus socialism. I find it ironic that he begins his letter by stating that "our Constitution and Declaration of Independence were drafted by persons of great wisdom" and then gives the following example of our socialistic government: "The government is dictating how we live. One recent example is the current push to tax smoking and vaping."
Since George Washington was elected president of the convention that wrote our Constitution, I would presume Mr. Anderson considers him as a "person of great wisdom." Early in Washington's first term as president, he was confronted with the "Whiskey Rebellion," which began prior to his presidency.
In 1791, the government enacted a federal tax on all distilled spirits. In Western Pennsylvania, protesters used violence and intimidation to prevent federal officials from collecting the tax. In 1794, Washington rode at the head of an army of 13,000 militiamen to facilitate collection of the taxes. Was George Washington, a person of great wisdom, our first socialist president?
Mr. Anderson's other socialistic example is government regulation of fireworks since he "believe(s) the use of fireworks should be an individual choice, and the individual is responsible for their use and any damage or injuries that result." A couple of years ago, a 14-year-old child's use of fireworks started a fire in the Columbia River Gorge that caused $30 million in damages. I do not believe payments will be forthcoming.
Greg Lines, St. Helens
Stop stealing yard signs
As we get closer to Election Day, by now, people are seeing signs for this candidate or that candidate, or are putting signs out themselves. Some signs accidentally get placed where they should not be, but other signs just end up destroyed or missing.
Unfortunately, some people are stealing these signs, or defacing and otherwise damaging them, because they feel so strongly against a certain candidate.
We have had multiple signs stolen outright, two of them for the same candidate. People need to remember that, no matter your political affiliation, theft is theft, and vandalism is vandalism. We paid for these signs, and these thieves basically stole from our pockets.
Support whom you want, but if you have any ethics and moral compass, then leave the signs alone.
The candidates themselves can say all they want that they cannot be expected to control the actions of their supporters. However, they can remind their supporters that, in no uncertain terms, theft and vandalism are crimes, and these actions will not be tolerated. These candidates also can make this statement as public as possible through their media outlets and mailings.
Before we put out another sign, we are taking measures to keep watch on the sign's location. Should another one go missing, and we find out who has taken it, we will make sure that person ends up with a criminal record. Count on it.
Brian McGahren, Tigard
Emergency assistance saves lives, tax dollars
While we work toward radically reforming the police, ending housing discrimination and undoing inequities in education, we can take simple but necessary steps to ensure that people of color disproportionately threatened by the economic effects of the coronavirus — and everyone else in that situation — can remain in their homes and put food on their tables.
How? By allocating money for emergency rental assistance, creating an ongoing renter's tax credit, expanding the food stamp program, and expanding existing tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, which have already lifted millions of Americans out of poverty.
Many of these programs pay for themselves, saving taxpayer money in the long run. In addition, they generate critically needed economic activity, putting money into the hands of landlords, farmers and other business owners.
Most (not all) of the seven members of Congress from Oregon are strong supporters of these programs, but the Republican leadership of the Senate is strongly opposed. Why? Lack of empathy? Mistaken assumptions about economics and government spending?
The truth is that a little generosity would go a long way and would be a smart investment in our shared future.
Randolph Splitter, Northwest Portland
Measure 108 can improve healthcare
COVID-19 has shown a spotlight on the very real health inequities that exist in this country, and the importance of access to healthcare. In Oregon, one in four people, including 400,000 children, receive health coverage through the Oregon Health Plan.
At a time when people are losing employer-sponsored health coverage, it's critical to keep the Oregon Health Plan well-funded. That's why I support Measure 108 on the November ballot.
Measure 108 provides funding for the Oregon Health Plan by establishing Oregon's first e-cigarette tax and raising our cigarette tax.
Passing this measure will protect Medicaid so hundreds of thousands of low-income, working-class Oregonians can access the care and treatments they need.
I work with cancer patients on a daily basis, and many depend on the Oregon Health Plan for their treatment and prevention check-ups. It would be detrimental for many to lose this coverage.
Amid the pandemic, we're facing an epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. People continue suffering from tobacco-related illnesses. Raising the price of tobacco products including e-cigarettes will protect kids and help adults quit.
Revenue from the measure will also fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs to make Oregonians healthier by reducing tobacco use.
I have young nieces and nephews and I never want to see them struggling with a tobacco addiction. Raising the tax will help protect them from ever starting to smoke.
Measure 108 will save nearly 12,000 Oregon lives, protect kids from tobacco use and fund critical healthcare programs. Join me to vote yes.
Courtney Clark, Beaverton
Trump is the best president in generations
So, you dislike Donald Trump?
He is difficult at times, but he's been a superb president. In fact, he's the best president we've had in my lifetime. I'm 90.
Truman was good, JFK was very good, Nixon was smart and Reagan was excellent. I still think Trump is the best.
Why? Because he is totally transparent, gives you his decisions up front and then produces. He has leveled the playing field for most Americans. He's working every day for all of us.
Bob Gray, Tigard
Scappoose school board member backs Stout for House
As a small business owner, we desperately need people like Brian Stout to represent us in the state Legislature.
Brian is smart and understands the challenges facing our community, schools and businesses. We need someone who listens to those he represents and will stand up and advocate for our constitutional rights, not just give lip service.
Brian is a man of integrity and perseverance no matter the circumstances.
I strongly support Brian Stout for State Representative in District 31.
Director, Scappoose School Board
Let's follow the science and focus on the issues
I am a community organizer in Portland, working on behalf of progressive candidates and policies. Right now, I'm feeling extremely thankful for all the work our legislators have done to help Oregonians in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. But I must continue to urge that this is not over.
I don't believe the pandemic will be over until we have a vaccine for COVID-19 and elected leaders who believe in science and research.
As a person who has watched our country flounder for answers on to how to address our healthcare system, I'm disheartened to see more floundering by way of recent proposals and policies coming from the administration. One such policy is the most-favored-nation healthcare policy, which works to put restrictions on pharmaceutical innovation.
In the middle of a pandemic, our country needs increased pharmaceutical innovation and it's disappointing to see the current person in the White House disregard this.
My paternal grandfather died of heart disease after working as a postal carrier his entire life. In my family, there is a long history of cancer and diabetes. I, myself, was in a serious car accident and have been dealing with chronic pain since.
We cannot leave people waiting for cures that won't come. The need to push for innovation and drug development has never been so clear.
I hope Oregon's lawmakers will stand up for patients and put families throughout our community who, like mine, are awaiting a cure — both for the specific issues that plague us and for COVID-19.
Joe Emmons, West Haven-Sylvan
Does Amy Coney Barrett support Trump?
I have been listening intently to the hearings for the new justice. The questioning has been partisan, annoying, and I think most of it is just political speechmaking. Not really questioning, or reasoning. You know those kind of questions that you know what answer you're going to get before they even finish. Or the questioner is not even looking for an answer.
The judge is obviously very qualified, well-educated and experienced enough, although she seems young. But she is holding her own, I gotta give her that. She is doing a good job of not really answering anything of substance.
So if I was there I would move on to some questions that are really bothering me. I would like to ask her if it's a safe assumption that she supports Donald Trump. She may evade the question, or not really answer it. But it seems likely that she does.
So as a mother of all those children, how does she reconcile that? They are old enough to watch TV and see social media, so what does she tell them about the president, and why she is not disgusted by his behavior?. She said she had a child with disabilities, so what does she tell them about his mocking of that reporter? She has adopted children who are immigrants from one of those presumed (expletive)-hole countries. How does she address the issue of white supremacy, the porn star, the denigration of John McCain, or calling assertive women "nasty"?
So I would like to hear her rationalize all this. I can't really imagine what the answer would be. She looks and seems like a very nice, intelligent person, so it is beyond me to understand it.
Gayle Pedemonte, Gaston
Help veterans by passing Measure 110
I'm a Vietnam veteran in long-term recovery.
The rate of drug addiction among Oregon veterans is far higher than that of the general population. Every day, a veteran is denied access to drug treatment, and recovery services is another day of hell-on-earth, as they relive their traumas and turn to substances in a desperate attempt to self-medicate their pain. It's another day we risk losing a brother or sister in arms to suicide or overdose.
Veterans with addictions are entitled, after their service to our country, to receive professional, compassionate treatment. Ballot Measure 110 will make sure they get it.
Measure 110 offers veterans with addiction a way back to a stable life. Join me in voting yes on 110 for our veterans.
David Michael Smith, Forest Grove
Doyle is no reformer
There is a critical election on Nov. 3 for the metro area, the Beaverton mayoral race.
As we get closer and closer to the election, I am disappointed to see Denny Doyle continue portraying himself as an advocate for police reform and Black Lives Matter. It is just false. As the former chairman of the Beaverton Human Rights Commission, appointed to the role by Mayor Doyle himself just two years ago, I would know that Mayor Doyle is anything but an advocate for police reform and BLM.
During my tenure, I worked with my fellow commissioners to draft a resolution titled Black Lives Matter in Beaverton. It took us over a year to draft and pass the edited resolution, largely due to opposition from Mayor Doyle and a certain city councilor.
It wasn't just the resolution, however. I spoke with the mayor numerous times about our proposals for reform to Beaverton police, all of which he rejected, stating that "only I am in charge of Beaverton police, nobody else." Now, he is twisting the facts for political expediency.
Beaverton voters: reject Doyle's lies, and vote for Lacey Beaty.
Cameron Monfared, Beaverton
Educator backs Beaty for real reform
As a member of the Human Rights Advisory Commission, and a proud public educator, I am enthusiastically supporting Lacey Beaty for Beaverton mayor.
In my time on HRAC, I've seen firsthand Lacey's integrity and commitment to all Beaverton residents.
Currently, HRAC is examining our current policing practices through an inquiry-based dialogue with Beaverton police leadership. Through this process, it's become clear to me that Beaverton is ready for change.
The public have made it clear through their ongoing testimony in council meetings, marches, and community conversations that our city is in need of meaningful reform to how we handle public safety.
Lacey has championed basic, straightforward reforms to BPD's use of force policy that are a step toward the change our community is demanding. These reforms should not require further debate, yet Mayor Denny Doyle is dragging his feet.
We are overdue for change. For this reason and so many others, Beaverton needs Lacey Beaty as mayor. She has the vision, she has the follow-through, and she has the ability to bring people together to tackle these tough issues.
Vote for change this election, vote Lacey Beaty for mayor.
Laurel Grasmick-Black, Beaverton
Keep Uhing on Forest Grove City Council
It has been my privilege knowing Elena Uhing and her family for over 30 years. Through all her professional endeavors, her work ethics have been exemplary.
For 16 years as a member of the Forest Grove City Council, Elena has provided exceptional leadership for all the citizens she serves. Her integrity, knowledge of policies and law and love of her community is beyond measure.
Elena has repeatedly worked with our city officials to ensure all decisions for the city and citizens are the right decisions.
In this time of concern for the Forest Grove community, we need strong, calm and knowledgeable leaders to help us deal with the issues and move forward. For Forest Grove, that is keeping Elena on our City Council.
I call on our citizens of Forest Grove to vote and re-elect Elena Uhing.
Betty Thurman, Forest Grove
Students for Beaty in Beaverton
We are the students for Lacey Beaty. We wanted to share a few of the reasons we support her for Beaverton mayor.
When Lacey launched her campaign 11 months ago, she made an effort to encourage, involve and extend leadership opportunities to students. Since the beginning, she has made each of us feel like an important member of the team. Together, we have been making hundreds of hours of phone calls, walked miles helping with literature dropping and participated in policy discussions on affordable housing, public safety and more.
Lacey has made us feel like our voices matter, and that even though most of us can't vote (this time around), that we deserve to be included in the process.
All of us have learned so much during these past few months — from leadership skills, to time management, project management and communication styles. We've all grown in our ways. We are proud to be part of the change in Beaverton. And we are proud to continue supporting the only candidate who listens, supports and involves the next generation, Lacey Beaty.
Olivia Ross, Daniel Hadi, Alexander Lim, Asha Mohan, Jhanvi Venkitesh, Naveena Venkitesh, Elizabeth Holm, Maida Tahirkelli and Lucas Chua, Beaverton
Stevens stands up for school choice
I am a newer voter and am excited to exercise this privilege.
As I began my research of candidates, I was impressed to see that Peggy Stevens has proven her advocacy for me and all kids to go back to school. I'm in my last year of college and am completing courses via distance learning. I have moved back home and see that another family member is having to complete her high school courses in the same manner.
While distance learning gives us more freedom with our schedule, it's very frustrating to try and build community with other classmates and difficult to engage with the teacher.
After listening to Peggy talk about school choice, it is clear she wants to work with Salem to get us back to school in a safe and efficient manner. She wants to offer school choice for kids and families who acknowledge the value of, and depend on, live-person instruction, while offering a comparable plan for students and families who don't feel it's safe to return. Her message resonates with me and my frustration with our current schools.
I'm thankful we have a candidate who listens to her community and is determined to help us get back to school. Peggy Stevens has earned my vote for state representative from House District 26 on Nov. 3.
Carter Moody, Wilsonville
Brad Witt has our backs
I am supporting state Rep. Brad Witt, and here's why: The past few months have been exceptionally challenging in a year already marred with the deaths of more than 200,000 Americans and a ravaged economy.
August brought increased violence on all sides at the Portland protests and the attack on the U.S. Postal Service by President Donald Trump.
And now we must cope with the damage and loss of the fires that ravaged Oregon and the West Coast.
Which is why we need to keep people like Brad Witt in office.
Brad was looking out for us when he asked for an audit of the Oregon Employment Department. Brad and his staff have made thousands of calls to constituents to check on their well-being. Brad sat on the Forestry Board and worked in the timber industry. I trust that Brad will have ideas on how to restore our wilderness.
I hope you'll join me in supporting the kind of leadership we need now more than ever.
Kristen Sisco, St. Helens
Fight addiction by supporting Measure 110
Oregon's addiction crisis is deeply personal to me; both my husband and my daughter are in long-term recovery, and I watched them struggle with addiction for many years.
I also come from a family many struggled with addiction. Because of the lack of help and services available to them, some died, either directly from an overdose, or from a health issue related to their addiction.
Ballot Measure 110 will make lifesaving treatment and recovery resources available to more people.
It's too late for some of the people I love, but it isn't too late for the thousands of Oregonians struggling with addictions today.
I have seen through my husband and daughter's journeys from active addiction to recovery that treatment and recovery works.
Let's make these lifesaving services more accessible to all. Join me in voting yes on Measure 110.
Margaret Smith, Forest Grove
M110 will fix a broken system
When I was in my early 20s, I was convicted of a non-violent drug offense. Now I am in my 50s and my criminal record continues to follow me, preventing me from accessing housing, job opportunities, and more.
My situation is not unique. The system is broken. Our current drug laws can ruin lives based on a single mistake. Possession of even a small amount of drugs can land someone in jail and saddle them with a lifelong criminal record that prevents them from getting a job, getting housing or even a credit card.
I support Measure 110 because it removes unfairly harsh punishments for minor, nonviolent drug offenses.
I don't want others to experience what I have. Vote yes on 110 to create a more just criminal justice system in Oregon.
Bobby Byrd, Rock Creek
Former Multnomah County Community Justice manager backing M110
As a mom, concerned citizen, and someone who spent my 30-year career working in law enforcement, I support Measure 110.
Our state ranks nearly last of all states in access to basic drug treatment. Measure 110 will save money and lives. According to a study by ECONorthwest, It costs nearly $30,000 to arrest, prosecute and jail someone for simple drug possession. It costs about $10,000 to provide drug treatment to those people who need it.
This measure will change our approach: instead of arresting and jailing people for drugs, we'd use marijuana tax revenue to pay for more addiction treatment services.
People suffering from addiction need help, not criminal punishments. Using the criminal justice system to address addiction is expensive. It costs taxpayers a significant amount of money with zero results.
Providing treatment resources is not only fiscally more responsible, it's the right thing to do.
Oregon needs this badly. I will be voting yes on 110 and urge you to join me.
Laura Ritchie, Beaverton
Psychology lesson shows why we need M110
My name is Annalicia. I live in Washington County, I'm a psychology student at Portland State University, and I work as a nanny. I spend most of my day putting toddlers in time-out. If anyone knows anything about punishment, it would be me.
As a society we spend a lot of time punishing folks — prison, fines, arrests, etc. We think these punishments will improve things in the future and make the rest of us safer.
Funny thing is, punishments and discipline shouldn't cause pain. In operant conditioning (a principal of behavioral psychology) and in nannying, "punishment" is simply whatever consequence we impose that reduces occurences of the undesired behavior.
As a nanny, if my toddler hits a friend with a toy, I might take away the toy or put them in time-out, but if that doesn't stop it and if the hitting continues, then I need to switch tactics until both kids are safe.
The evidence is in. Jailing and punishing addicts isn't working, and we need a new tactic. Measure 110 will reduce our drug crisis in Oregon, make rehab accessible, and allow folks with addiction to heal and to contribute to society. Join me in voting yes on Measure 110.
Annalicia Whittaker, West Slope
Two more years for effective, approachable Sollman
Janeen Sollman is the clear choice for voters In House District 30.
Janeen has served in the Legislature since 2016, having previously served as the chair of the Hillsboro School Board. She has been an effective voice for our community, and is the only representative from Washington County serving in the Democratic House leadership. That is important.
As a longtime community activist, local attorney and small businessperson who also serves on the Hillsboro Chamber Board of Directors, I appreciate Janeen's openness and attention to issues that are important to our main street businesses and our overall economy. She is practical, astute and delivers for us.
Janeen Sollman has earned another term.
Rob Harris, Hillsboro
Let's get the facts right on Neron vs. Stevens
A recent letter missed the truth mark about Sherwood's plans for the Highway 99W pedestrian bridge to allay road dangers around the new Sherwood High School.
Funding was slated to move through the legislature in February but was derailed by the Republicans' walkout — an action Rep. Courtney Neron's opponent Peggy Stevens supported — which killed all legislation, including this important safety project the city had worked so hard to achieve.
Mrs. Stevens strikes me as out of touch with what our city needs. She opposes the Student Success Act, which directly supports kids and has been a vocal opponent of rural broadband improvements, both issues championed by Rep. Neron. I have seen the representative in action in town halls and one-on-ones with tough challengers and watched her work in partnership with local leaders to move Sherwood's priorities forward. She listens and makes a focused effort to take every perspective to heart, knowing there is wisdom and progress to be found in the integration of different ideas and opinions.
The best leaders are those who welcome opposing viewpoints and are open to collaboration. This is what healthy democracy looks like and what we should expect from our leaders in Salem.
Maddie Gavel-Briggs, Sherwood
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