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Plus, our readers also oppose building a Major League Baseball stadium, separating familes at the border, not setting a date to marry your fiance, and sanctuary policies.

Dwight Holton misses an important reason for suicide that should not be lost on crisis care providers (My View, June 21).

By ascribing the problem entirely to "mental health struggles," Holton avoids the possibility of an entirely practical choice to end the physical misery and psychological stress of poverty and homelessness.

Suicide is chiefly an act of hopelessness, not mental illness, and there's a reason suicides increase with economic anxiety. Poverty, homelessness, drug abuse and suicide are all symptoms of the same social disease, and it goes far beyond mental illness.

Stephen Shepherd

Northwest Portland

MLB in Portland? We have real problems to solve

After reading countless articles about the housing crisis in Portland and the need for more affordable housing, I am disappointed to read about the plan to build a stadium to expand Major League Baseball in Portland.

A major reason MLB is looking at Portland over other cities is because "it is the most organized of the suitors."

How can that be? Over 12,000 people can't afford rent who grew up here due to rising prices. There is a fight over rezoning single-family home plots all over the city to make room for more people. There is toxic contamination in Salem's water sources and price gouging for bottled water.

And have you been stuck on I-5 at 5 p.m. lately?

Homeowners are fighting the Metro Affordable Housing Bond that would cost $60 a month to provide 3,600 affordable homes, and for what? So people can buy $300 baseball tickets from investors like Russell Wilson and Ciara?

It seems to me like the last thing Portland needs right now is a baseball stadium.

I urge Oregonians to prioritize issues that will increase accessibility to basic needs such as housing, clean water and transportation before millions of dollars are spent on yet another entertainment venue.

Meredith Stinger

Tigard

Separating children at border is 'moral obscenity'

President Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly has said that maintaining borders by forcibly separating children from parents is a "tough deterrent." Such a policy is instead a moral obscenity. It threatens both the physical and mental health of innocent children and has driven one parent to suicide.

Many of us are suffering a sort of fatigue from these daily outrages. What can we, the people, do to effect change? Call and write members of Congress.

Demonstrate, rally. Join groups and talk to your friends. Post on Facebook and Twitter. Sign petitions. Donate to humanitarian nonprofits and/or the ACLU. Register, help others to register, and vote out legislators who do not represent your values.

Susan Schwartz

Southwest Portland

Make it legal, or stop calling her your 'fiance'

I wish to propose a statute of limitations on news references to people as someone's fiance or fiancee. How about two years? Three? Whatever.

I'm here to make book that these folks ain't getting married ever. Cylvia Hayes calls John Kitzhaber her life partner on her website, and Kitzhaber's wiki page calls her his partner.

The Tribune could take a leadership role on this vital issue and declare "no more fiance/ fiancee" until a date is set and the preacher has cashed the check.

Steve Cackley

Northeast Portland

'Dreamer' is wrong about sanctuary policies

"Sanctuary policies," says Luis Balderas Villagrana, "do not ... encourage criminal disobedience" ("New PSU student body president a 'Dreamer," June 7). What?

Via sanctuary policies, state and local governments tell illegal immigrants — foreign nationals who have made a conscious decision to violate U.S. immigration law — that they'll work to shield them from the consequences of their lawbreaking. How can that do anything but encourage criminal disobedience?

"I see these policies," Balderas Villagrana continues, "as protesting the federal government on their (sic) neglect to fix our immigration system founded on racism and stereotypes."

Nonsense.

First: The main "fixes" our immigration system needs are simple — to enforce existing laws that aim to vet foreign nationals before they enter our nation, and to remove foreign nationals who have circumvented that vetting or remained here after their visas have expired.

Thanks to President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, both these fixes are in the works.

Second: Immigration laws are not "founded on racism and stereotypes." They apply equally, regardless of race, to all foreign nationals who seek to come here. Their purpose is not punitive, but to assure an orderly influx of immigrants which, in numbers and quality, accords with the needs of the American people.

Sanctuary policies mock Americans, their country and their laws. Be part of the solution: Sign the petition (at www.StopOregonSanctuaries.org) to help put a measure onto Oregon's November ballot that will enable voters to repeal the state's illegal-immigrant sanctuary law.

Richard F. LaMountain

Northwest Portland

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