Lake Oswego readers' letters
Fifth District needs new, progressive leadership
I hope all are aware that voters in Oregon's Fifth District will make a decision of national importance. We will decide whether or not to send a true Progressive Democrat to Congress. In a better world, a more-progressive Congress will lead against compromise of a moderate Democratic president and Senate. Let Oregon join and lead, this continuing shift of Congress.
Mark Gamba, fifth-year mayor of Milwaukie, is competing as a strong Progressive Democrat. Incumbent Kurt Schrader is a Blue Dog Democrat, proud of twelve years of making compromises owed to big-donor supporters. He expects to win by name recognition and has refused to risk that in a debate. Mark Gamba would join a growing majority in Congress seeking health care and equal opportunity for all. We need new leadership, for change that can't wait.
I hope you will make your informed vote, adding study of the Gamba campaign website, markgamba.com. On the opening page, you can sign up for messages, and to help with the campaign. The Press section is especially helpful, including recent interviews. I hope you will come to know Mark and will support his campaign any way you can.
Incumbents deserve another term
There are strong reasons to reelect County Chair Jim Bernard and Commissioners Ken Humberston and Martha Schrader.
— An excellent job in providing badly needed funding for road repair and upkeep. Previous commissioners didn't have the courage to step up.
— Restoring Clackamas County's rightful place in the region by working with neighboring jurisdictions instead of self-righteously wrangling by previous commissioners. That saves us lots of money.
— Helping the homeless, especially veterans, with project after project and strong back-up social services.
We are headed in the right direction now and to stay on track we should reelect Bernard, Humberston and Schrader.
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