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Our readers also think it is time for our nation to lead on world health, police should not enforce immigration laws, and downtown problems are a real mess

We have a severe problem here in the formerly great state of Oregon. We have a Democrat-controlled Legislature that is hell bent on punishing the innocent and rewarding the guilty.

For example, Senate Bill 978, the so-called omnibus gun laws bill, which thankfully failed, is a direct attack on the constitutional rights of legal, law-abiding gun owners who have committed no crime nor broken any laws.

It doesn't matter that you may be innocent of any crime, the Democrats seem determined to decide what rights you do and do not have, regardless of the Constitution.

On the other hand, House Bill 2015, passed by the House on June 18 and passed by the Senate on June 29, allows undocumented illegal aliens to obtain a driver's license. Which means that if you are here in violation of our immigration laws, an act which makes you a criminal, the Democrats in the Oregon Legislature want to reward you for breaking the law.

In addition, the Democrats added an emergency clause to the bill making it impossible for Oregon voters to hold a referendum, something that was done with Measure 88 in 2014. In other words, the Democrats in the Legislature know what's better for you and the state than you do. Remember, in their minds they are the masters and you are the servants.

It is way past time for legal Oregon citizens to vote the Democrat plantation owners out of office in disgrace, and replace them with citizen legislators who will protect the rights of all legal Oregon citizens and work to protect and defend the Constitution as it is written.

It is time to return to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, to the people of Oregon.

James Kolousek

Gaston

Time for our nation to lead on world health

As we head into another presidential campaign, Americans want leadership from our candidates. But leadership is not just a personal characteristic, it shapes the reputation and actions of countries as well.

Since 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria helped save 27 million lives. Without U.S. leadership in providing one-third of the financial resources for the Global Fund, many of those lives would have been lost.

The Global Fund needs at least $14 billion to save 16 million lives by 2022 and put us on a path to finally ending these diseases. It's time for our members of Congress and President Trump to lead again by funding at least one-third of the total needed for the Global Fund.

Kip Phelps

Tigard

Column highlights good work police do

I was deeply moved by Jim Ferraris' op-ed piece regarding police and immigration enforcement.

Bravo.

What a thoughtful reminder that the role of the police is to ensure public safety, not to terrorize. I was particularly impressed that he chose to publish a bilingual letter.

I hope police chiefs in all communities will join him in reassuring all Oregonians that community police are not secret police.

Thank you, Chief Ferraris.

Susan Kass

Southeast Portland

Downtown problems are a real mess

Homeless problems downtown are outrageous.

Today I walked by a woman dragging a blanket and shouting obscenities to herself as she paced back and forth near the bus stop. It was frightening for me as I waited for the bus.

Just minutes prior, a man got off his bicycle, banged on the car near him, shouting and cursing as loud as he could at the driver as I was crossing the street.

As I departed Rite Aid, I had to step over human feces and urine near the door, just trying to get to the sidewalk.

I will never understand why (Multnomah County Commission Chairwoman) Deborah Kafoury didn't open Wapato. It would have helped with homelessness, addiction and mental illness. I will never endorse her again.

Every day I face this horrible downtown. Portland is a mess.

Sue Beardwood

Southwest Portland


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