Letters to the Editor
Metolius council's actions shameful
This is a message to Cassandra Ruwaldt:
As a resident I would like to offer my sincere apologies on behalf of the Metolius community. I did not attend the March city council meeting at which you were bullied and berated by Councilor Patty Wyler and Mayor Carl Elliott, but I did listen to the audio recording later. I attended the July meeting at which the toy train that represents your abuse as a child was declared a wonderful thing to display in front of City Hall. I want you to know I am disgusted and mortified. The way you were mocked behind your back was sickening to me.
You need to know that what you experienced in Metolius is not who we are. Metolius is a good community. Neighbors are quick to help when someone is in need. I love living here. We just happen to have city leaders who are shallow thinking, heartless and unprofessional. I believe that Councilor Wyler and Mayor Elliott must have issues of their own as their reaction to your experiences and request is hardly a normal adult human response. These two people need to resolve their own issues as it is clear you have done a great job overcoming yours.
The toy train is gone, and that is good. However, you can be assured that I will use whatever influence I have to remove these two Council members from office. The Council decision was unanimous so the rest of Council will also be held accountable. They do not represent me, and their lack of morality is unacceptable and not in line with Metolius values.
When are we going to get leadership for all?
I'm commenting on Sue Rahi's letter to the editor in the Madras Pioneer, July 15, 2020. First, I don't want to throw stones or make generalizations — that's not my purpose. As someone in power recently pointed out, there are good people and bad people on both sides. I believe it's about being able to see all sides of an issue — to listen, discuss, and then make informed decisions. We can call it compromise, or being bipartisan.
Yes, free Blacks did own slaves in 1830 America. Why? I'm not totally sure, but that was an awfully long time ago and things were very different. My utopia, of course, would be a government that does their best to represent ALL citizens on a nonpartisan basis. As humans, we often feel strongly about our particular beliefs — be they Republican or Democrat — or something else altogether. Inevitably, these beliefs will conflict — sometimes greatly — with those who have opposing views. I believe that's where compromise comes in, and I don't think that's a bad thing. Do we get everything we want? Never. Do both sides benefit? I'd like to think they would. Ms. Rahi also mentions fascism.
According to Meriam Webster, "Fascism is a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition." (Italics are mine.) Are we going there? I would certainly hope not, and hope enough people in these beautiful United States of America would rise up and not allow whichever government is in charge to have that kind of control over us.
I am thoroughly disgusted with the Governor of Oregon and the Mayor of Portland for allowing thugs to take over the beautiful City of Roses. I'm ashamed to call Portland my birthplace.
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