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Our readers also believe Measure 11 needs to be reformed and immigrrants need drivers licenses to live and work.

Pro athlete gender pay equality needs to be changed, and it needs to be changed now. One way we need to do that is by paying women the same amount of money.

First we will need to start paying all women equally. Then we can let that sit for a while and see how it works. Once we wait a little bit and see that it was a good idea to pay all women equally, we can start paying everyone equally.

Gender pay equality is similar to women's rights because men are getting paid way more than women even though they are doing the same sport or event.

For example, basketball, where WNBA players make 3% of what NBA players make when they are doing the same thing. Another similarity to pro athlete gender pay equality is Hispanic/Latino.

They are paid even less than white women, and if women want to be paid as much as men, then they should pay all women the same first.

For example one of the best players to ever play in the WNBA, and who was called the female Michael Jordan, only got paid $49,000 per year. She was one of the best players and she was only making one-hundredth of what NBA players make and 4% of what WNBA players make.

Jason Olheiser


Measure 11 too onerous; reform sentencing laws

I am writing to encourage all readers of this paper to support Senate Bill 1008, which would modify mandatory sentencing under Measure 11. Please write or call your Oregon state senator or representative.

Currently Senate Bill 1008 is held up in the House of Representatives, even though it has the support of 88% of Oregonians.

This bill would modify the youth justice system in two ways: It enables a judge to determine whether a young person sentenced as an adult as of Jan.1, 2010, has been sufficiently rehabilitated midway through their sentence.

It places all youth charged with crimes in the youth justice system instead of the adult justice system and allows for parole after 15 years of incarceration of anyone convicted of a crime while under 18.

I am still haunted by the story from several years ago of a youth who had just turned 18 and received a long mandatory sentence for the statutory rape of his girlfriend who was not yet 18.

Let's bring some sense to the onerous Measure 11 laws by supporting SB 1008.

Downer Johnson

Southwest Portland

HB 2015 is about safety, not immigration

Immigrants living in Oregon are part of our families, communities, workplaces and places of worship. They are our neighbors, friends and local business owners.

I am one of those immigrant business owners. I own three restaurants in Columbia County and am proud to be able to provide the people of this county with jobs so they are able to contribute to their families, our community and our state.

We need all people to contribute more to our economy and our community. That is why I am urging our state legislators to vote "yes" on House Bill 2015.

House Bill 2015 would allow all Oregonians who meet DMV requirements the opportunity to access a driver's license. Driving is an absolute necessity for Oregon families, as they need to work, take their kids to school or go to a doctor's appointment.

In Columbia County, it is not possible to get around without driving. I know this because my restaurants are in Scappoose, Clatskanie and Warren. It's not practical or safe for people in rural Oregon to travel these distances walking on country roads.

HB 2015 makes great economic sense and would enrich our communities in Columbia County. I am urging Sen. Betsy Johnson and Rep. Brad Witt to vote "yes."

Jose Soltero


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