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Reader takes federal reps to task for the stances on president, local group begins holding meetings on climate change

Are Bonamici and Merkley working for the interests of Oregonians?

To the editor:

I recently received two emails, one the Bonamici Bulletin dated May 31 and the other from Sen. Jeff Merkley on June 3 titled "Shining Light on a Traumatic Year." I read both emails and was left disgusted with the tone and flagrant misrepresentations made by our representatives.

Rep. Bonamici trumpeted the "growing evidence of impeachable offenses" allegedly made by President Trump, including human rights violations and profiting from the presidency, and calls for an impeachment inquiry. But she offered none of this "evidence."

Sen. Merkley wrote about "children ripped from their parent's arms, children in cages, a vast desert prison camp for children" and "where six children have died in U.S. custody." He said that he has gone to the border six times and has visited El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to better understand the problem. He flatly ignores the fact that when these children are brought in many are already sick and are taken to United States hospitals, where they get medical attention far better than in their home countries.

Prior to President Trump's election, former President Obama and former Vice President Biden called for enforcement of the southern border and stronger laws regarding immigration. There are also photographs of children taken during President Obama's term behind what Sen. Merkley derisively now calls "cages."

The illegal invasion (yes, at more than 100,000 illegal entries per month – those that we know of – this is an invasion) is coming not just from Mexico and Central America, but also South America, Africa, east Asia – indeed, from all over the world. This invasion affects our national security and economy. Yet our elected officials on the Democratic side of the aisle in the House of Representatives do nothing. They say there is no crisis or, worse yet, that it is a fake crisis of President Trump's making.

What has the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives done to solve the problem during the past two years, other than to criticize President Trump? He is only trying to enforce the laws that Congress passed. If Congress doesn't like what he is doing with respect to immigration, then Congress should change the laws. Does Rep. Bonamici and Sen. Merkley truly think that that we, the American people, are so stupid that we can't see through their duplicity?

Next year, prior to voting, I ask the people of Oregon to think long and hard as to who we want to represent us. Are Rep. Bonamici and Sen. Merkley truly working for the interests of Oregonians?

Rick Johnson, Newberg

Group focusing on climate change will begin meeting

To the editor:

In 2013, I moved to Newberg following retirement. Newberg has gifted me with many things: a majestic setting, a safe and caring community, a town steeped in tradition and full of valuable resources.

When cousins visited from out of state, one commented as I drove them along North Valley Road, "You are trying to show off your beautiful city." Of course, that isn't really necessary, as anyone observing population growth in the Northwest can attest.

Last year, I became active in a group focused on decreasing plastic pollution by eliminating single-use plastic bags. We were very fortunate to receive support from our City Council at a May 6 meeting. And thanks to the passage of House Bill 2509, our work is mostly over.

Recently, in Newberg, there has been talk of starting a new group, with a focus on sustainability and climate concerns. This is great news for Newberg residents. Ever wonder how our children and future generations will cope with the increase in climate-related disasters? We have witnessed four of the five hottest years on record recently. As a nation, we are seeing fires wipe out whole neighborhoods and towns. Devastating weather events, storms and the rising ocean threaten our future.

I have found solace in learning about positive changes being made daily. What are the steps our community can take to contribute to keeping our town proactive and thriving? The first meeting of this new group will be held at the Springbrook fire station community room at 7:30 p.m. June 20.

It would be fantastic to see a good turnout to discuss and share ideas for our future. I will be there and can't wait to support our new leader. The future is ours to make.

Cathy Holbrook, Newberg

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