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Mark Gamba has Wendy Wagner's vote for Congress; Emily Aulicino: Government passes weak law against plastic bags

I got hit by a car the day after Christmas.

It was painful, scary — and a powerful reminder that we need to do more to make walking and biking safer and easier. Walking and biking keep people healthy, connect people to their communities and they're the greenest forms of transportation possible.

Milwaukie recently completed the Kronberg Park Multi-Use Path, which will help make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to access the public transit. It also connects parts of town long separated by 99E. This project couldn't have happened without an unusual partnership: a local neighborhood association, the city of Milwaukie and even ODOT.

And it also couldn't have happened without the leadership of Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba.

Our region faces some enormous crises, but two really stand out: climate change and infrastructure decline. We're losing millions of dollars a year due to traffic alone, and congestion threatens both Oregon's economy and livability. We need leadership that will help take pressure off our crowded highways and unsafe streets — while securing our children's futures.

Mark Gamba knows how to bring people together for transportation AND the environment. He's running for Congress this year, and I know he has my vote.

Wendy Wagner

Milwaukie

Government passes weak law

I'm more than frustrated. I just returned from Winco on 82nd Avenue in Clackamas as they are the only place I have found a certain flavor of tea. I don't shop there regularly.

The state of Oregon pasted a law starting Jan. 1, 2020, that no single-use plastic bags are allowed. Well, I should have known that was a flimsy law. First of all, any plastic bag can be reused, as many are for trash liners or dog poop.

But, Winco (and maybe other grocery stores and businesses) has found a way around this law. They now have plastic bags which are much thicker than before, and on them it says — in bold lettering — "Reusable." Obviously, Winco doesn't give a crap about the environment. These cannot be recycled!

We need to get our lawmakers out of office if they just write laws that can be circumvented. Thicker plastic bags are just more plastic tossed in the dump... I don't care how many times you reuse it!

Emily Aulicino

Southeast Portland

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