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Plus, our readers also offer creative ideas for keeping sidwalks safe for pedestrians dealing with scooters, skateboards and bicycles.

As a new voter, I see new candidates stifled simply because they cannot gain the funding necessary to competitively run for office.

Politics should not be dictated by the few with the most money.

In the run-up to elections, candidates are eliminated because they lack big-money support. This limits the influence of the voter on Election Day. Creating a system that boosts the voice of small donors would impact which candidates make it to Election Day.

Across the party divide, hard-working Oregon politicians and hopefuls are discouraged from running on the basis of finances. I urge the legislators of Oregon to take action to diversify elections by dampening the influence of big money in politics. Reducing the impact of big money would create an elected body that is more representative, responsive and transparent.

Let's create a system that truly represents us.

Josh Cavanaugh

Southwest Portland

Is a cart the solution to safe sidewalks?

City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly is concerned about "the unlawful use of e-scooters on sidewalks," especially as they impact pedestrians with mobility and impaired vision issues ("Zoom 2.0," Jan. 24).

I have similar concerns because, as a senior citizen, broken bones can be a death sentence.

A few years ago, I found a solution. When I started pulling a small cart behind me as I walked to the grocery store, I noticed that skateboarders and bicycle riders no longer, with no warning, came up from behind and brushed past me.

Problem solved.

Marilyn Finn

Southeast Portland


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