News-Times readers write to us about Washington County's SAR program, the Afghanistan pullout and more.

Recognizing Search and Rescue cadets

On Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, we attended the graduation of 22 high school age Search and Rescue Team cadets. Those young people passed stiff requirements and classroom training, CPR and first aid, in order to qualify for acceptance to this program.

Oregon statute governs the office of county sheriff to support and train a search and rescue team. The 12-day training academy was ably assisted by former cadets, now active Search and Rescue Team members, as well as experienced sheriff's deputies and other qualified volunteers.

No part of the training is lightly taken or made easy. It resembles a military boot camp. Cadet graduates also commit to regular training during the year.

We hoped to see this mentioned in this week's edition of the paper, but do understand that the event happened very near publication and printing deadlines. Perhaps someone in the Sheriff's Office could provide a brief note about the event and a picture showing both the recent graduates and their peer mentors? The young people assist in many capacities in our county. Recently, some members helped to rescue a person overcome with illness.

We enjoy the local information provided by your paper, and wish you well in a difficult time for all of us, and the print media especially.

Thank you.

Mary A. and Paul A. Altiere, Hillsboro

When will they ever learn?

Remember a song in the 1960s, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" by the Kingston Trio and also recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary. It was a round trip from flowers to flowers, passing through young girls, young men, soldiers, graveyards and back to flowers. It makes sense.

As a Vietnam vet, I witnessed a bad war, still wondering as to why we got involved. We killed and maimed a large number of Americans and Vietnamese, created millions of refugees, spent enormous sums of money, and were disrespected by the world. Our exit was not pretty.

When it comes to Iraq and Afghanistan, we did it again, except much worse.

The last words of the song are, "When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?" Who are "they?" Perhaps it is all of us that support this activity, starting a war that offers no solution nor a way of ending it.

Charles Gebhardt, Hillsboro

Still not sold on 'critical race theory'

I am writing in response to the "My View" writer of the article "In defense of public education" in the Aug. 12 issue of the News-Times.

Read the commentary published online Aug. 8, 2021, by Lowell Greathouse on public education and critical thinking.

I don't think anyone is trying to narrow the educational inquiry as the writer states. Critical race theory is Marxist-oriented and is meant to divide by race as opposed to class.

There has been much discrimination on the basis of race in the past, but for the most part we have gotten past that dark period in our history. To start again judging someone by the color or their skin is wrong. Two wrongs don't make a right.

There evidently is a lot of white guilt involved in the advancement of the critical race theory.

No one is opposed to instilling critical thinking in the minds of our children — but we don't want the extreme liberal indoctrination which is encountered in most schools today. The writer may favor this indoctrination, but it is not in the best interest of the student.

We should be more concerned with the lowered standards that Oregon has just introduced. We need more emphasis on math, reading and writing — not less.

Troy Smith, Beaverton

No accountability at OHSU

Taxpayers have a right to know how our money is being spent. Yet, our group has documented how Oregon Health & Science University's Oregon National Primate Research Center has repeatedly violated longstanding federal law by failing to disclose how much of the public's money it spends on cruel and wasteful primate experiments that are opposed by most Americans, including addicting monkeys to alcohol.

Fortunately, federal legislation — the COST Act — has been introduced to withhold funding from institutions like OHSU that fail to disclose how they spend taxpayers' money.

It's time that OHSU was held accountable for breaking the law with its wasteful and secretive spending.

Natalie Warhit

Campaign Assistant, White Coat Waste Project

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