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Plus, our readers also think there are many ways of paying to make transit free

The Aug. 5 opinion column by Susheela Jayapal contains several half-truths and conclusions that I feel must be addressed.

First, when President Trump tweeted his now famous, "Why don't they go back …" message, he asked why they don't "Go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done."

I'm sure he was tired of hearing the constant vicious criticism from those four congresswomen who seem to think his method of governing the United States is all wrong. It is entirely coincidental they are varying shades of skin color.

Rep. Elijah Cummings himself called Baltimore a "drug infested area" back in 1999. He has represented Baltimore's 7th Congressional District since 1996. What has he done to make it better in all those years? The crime rate in Baltimore is still much higher than the national average.

And concerning rat infestation, all one has to do is check out several YouTube videos posted recently that show rats scurrying all over the city.

It is so easy to classify someone as racist without justification, especially when they have a liberal agenda. Trump has done more in the two and a half years to improve the economic standing of all U.S. citizens no matter what skin color they have. Specifically, the employment rate for black and brown citizens is higher than ever before.

I'm proud I voted for President Trump in 2016, and will vote for him once again in 2020.

Andy Holthouse

Oregon City

Many ways to pay for free transit

I must agree with Anna Cutlip's letter of Aug. 22. Tolling is only one of several options for paying for free transit. Others might include: fuel taxes, auto registration fees and taxes on vehicle sales.

The bus riders in Missoula, Montana, do not pay bus fares. A number of other transit systems have found grant money to fund free transit.

However free transit is paid for, the important thing is to get people out of their cars. Many have only one occupant.

Jim Schultz

Southeast Portland


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