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Ranked-choice voting removes negativity from elections; We need to be better stewards; Inmate voting shouldn't be high priority

Ranked-choice voting removes negativity from elections

Politicians run dirty campaigns. That's a fact in our modern world. But, it doesn't have to be.

I attend Lakeridge High School as a politically active teenager who strives for a better world. As a future voter, that world, for me, incorporates ranked-choice voting.

There are myriad reasons to support ranked-choice voting, one of the most important of which being that it engenders much more positive and issue-based campaigns. In traditional elections, candidates must ruthlessly attack other candidates to win. Ranked-choice voting almost completely removes this incentive.

When voters can rank their choices, candidates want to become the secondary or tertiary choices of voters who would support another first. Because of this, they benefit from working together. Campaigns become much less about negativity and toxicity and more about serving the community in the best way possible. Elections become not about who can best drag other candidates' names through the mud, but instead about the issues a candidate supports or doesn't support.

Politics can become what it should be.

Supporting ranked-choice voting is essential to create the world and political atmosphere that I, and many other youth members of our community, wish to one day inherit.

Anna Pelletier

Lake Oswego

We need to be better stewards

Last week I made the most unhappy discovery as I was beginning my gardening. On one daisy were 2 dead bees. Needless to say the occurrence proved not only unusual, but telling. Why are we allowing spraying on clover infested lawns. This is time for pollinating, not killing. Do you know about 80% of veggies, fruit and seed crops are pollinated by bees? That honey bees are the only insects that produce food for humans to eat? (see Glory Bee website)

We have a responsibility to care for what is around us. Review sprays and spraying events. Alert one and all to bee well-being and health.

Bee Lives Matter.

Life Matters.

Ann Lackey

Lake Oswego

Inmate voting shouldn't be high priority

I graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1971, 50 years ago, back when the Vietnam war was still a war, Women's Liberation was in the news and 18 year olds got the vote. I read, with interest, in today's Review an article by Joshua Marquis regarding inmates voting.

This caught my interest because, at my age, I am seeing things I never thought I would see! Dismantling police departments, tent cities erected on the sidewalks of Portland, a golden Elk removed as if it were an offensive eyesore and this is just three things.

I know there are issues that must be addressed and mental health and racial disparity, in my opinion, are at the top of the list. However, inmates voting is at the bottom of the list. If you are proven guilty of violating another person you have basically violated their rights, you don't deserve your rights either.

Let's concentrate Legislative time on issues that will benefit the good of the people that are following the rules. Or is that a lost concept too?

Lynn Guzie

Lake Oswego


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