LETTERS: 'Good guy with a gun' myth failed Uvalde's kids
County becoming unaffordable for many
With inflation continuing with no end in sight, there is undoubtedly increased pressure being put on our low-income population to provide for themselves.
An ongoing issue has been around rent prices that have been steadily increasing at astronomical rates over the last 10-plus years.
Flash back 10 years ago when I rented my first apartment, I and my partner were able to rent a two-bedroom two-bathroom apartment around 1,000 square feet for $850. A quick search into that very same apartment now turns up that it is currently renting for $1,942, more than a 100% increase in 10 years.
The issue becomes clear when we begin to compare the increases in rent with that of wages in the same area. The minimum wage in urban areas of Washington County has increased from $8.80 in 2012 to just $12.75 in July of last year (2021) and are set to increase again July 1 of this year to $13.50.
Furthermore, according to a living wage calculator produced by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an actual living wage for a single person living with no children in Washington County is estimated to be $21.60.
However, the issue at hand is not one that can simply be resolved with an increase in wage. Part of the issue is that Washington County is a hot spot for development, with both Nike and Intel residing within its limits.
In order to prevent displacement of low-income individuals and families, we need to begin having serious discussions with our city representatives; discussions about how we can work together to come to a reasonable agreement on halting rental increases, as well as what measures we can take to prevent the displacement of those who not only live here but work here, providing necessary services.
Allison Beeson, Beaverton
Sick and tired of 'gun rights' platitudes
One week after the Sandy Hook massacre, the CEO of the NRA, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, said, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
Fast forward to Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. There appeared to be an abundance of "so-called" good guys from various law enforcement agencies that did absolutely nothing to stop the bad guy and the carnage for 78 minutes. Twenty-one bodies later, is that how it was supposed to work, Mr. LaPierre?
Just try and pass any gun legislation in this country and see just how fast the politicians will fight tooth and nail to stop said legislation. Time and time again, we have to listen to the same old, pathetic arguments after each mass shooting — "You're not going to mess with my Second Amendment rights." "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." And, let's not forget how self-righteous they can be with, "Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Those sentiments now fall on deaf ears. Many believe the problem rests with mental illness; however, those same people do their best to deprive millions of Americans affordable healthcare that's needed.
I find the hypocrisy almost overwhelming when these same people will do whatever is necessary to prevent a woman's right to choose in order to protect the fetus, only to ignore the child at birth. Do you not feel ashamed that that fetus/child can be eliminated by the very same weapons you worship and wish to protect?
Please wake up, America, and when November arrives, vote out those who are obliged to and funded by gun lobbies.
Lin Vanderzanden, Forest Grove
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