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Our readers also have strong opinions about the ongoing protests and other events of the day.

Oregon State University is requiring freshmen students to live in university housing even though their ruling has been that if freshmen are taking more than half of their classes online that they do not have to live in on-campus (University Housing and Dining Services) housing. With COVID-19 and the executive order, why is OSU now changing the rules? Money, money, money.

Students that are taking 90% to 100% of their classes electronically should not be forced into dormitories against their will or desires. This is not about education of our students, it is about universities thinking about their bottom line at the expense of students' desires and safety. Please help stop this abuse of power over the young part of our society.

As a lifetime member of the OSU Alumni, I'm embarrassed and ashamed of our university. In a time when many families are stretched to the max, OSU is adding to the problem rather than being part of the solution.

Walt Griffiths

Corvallis

We need more Better Kidney Care Act support

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been much attention devoted to improving care for high-risk patients in Oregon and throughout the nation who have chronic health problems which hinder their ability to fight off the virus.

During all of this, however, relatively little attention has been given to the difficulties faced by those with end-stage renal disease, who depend on dialysis treatments several times a week just to live. ESRD has a significant negative impact on immune systems, and many of these patients have other conditions, like diabetes, which are also especially vulnerable to the COVID virus. Unfortunately, the doctors for each condition faced by ESRD patients often have little communication with each other, meaning patients often need to spend more time in the doctor's office and spend more money on their treatments.

A new bill Congress is working on could help. The Better Kidney Care Act would put a system in place that allows ESRD patients' doctors to better coordinate their efforts, helping to streamline their treatments. In addition to more coordinated care, the bill also offers some additional health services.

Fortunately, Oregon's elected leaders recognize how important this is. Oregon U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer helped lead the effort to support the Dialysis Patients Demonstration Act three years ago, with several others acting as cosponsors. That bill didn't pass, but I am confident that with Blumenauer's continued leadership, coordinated care can finally become reality not just here in Oregon, but everywhere in the United States thanks to the Better Kidney Care Act.

Chip Shields

Northeast Portland

Police in Portland have created the violence we see

The cops are frustrated. They know their bogus arrests are accomplishing nothing. They are exhausted due to the long hours required by their over-policing strategy. So, they are escalating their tactics in a vain attempt to protect their jobs and their bloated budget.

The last few nights it has become apparent that cops have decided to beat protestors instead of arresting them. There are videos all over Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you, PPB, for highlighting and reinforcing exactly what the protestors have been saying all along: the police are out of control, the police are violent, the police are instigators, the police have too much power and money. The police have got to go! (And need I remind you that the victims of police violence are disproportionally black and brown?)

The public needs to know what is really happening during Black Lives Matter protests. Please, mainstream media, report on the Ted Wheeler-sanctioned police violence committed by dozens of cops — and paid for by our tax dollars — rather than only focusing on the violent actions of a handful of protestors. Don't ignore continued police brutality. Speak up for the under-dog.

Annie Capestany

Southeast Portland

Will state end program warning youths about tobacco?

I read via the Fiscal Impact Statement on Measure 108 (a bill that raises taxes on tobacco products) that the sponsors of the bill (the Oregon Health Authority) will get $315 million by 2023, but the current programs (tobacco education for one) will be de-funded. The tobacco education program is directly responsible for educating our youth on the risks of tobacco usage. What program will continue to do this for our kids? I am all for increases in "sin" tax, but not at the expense of our kids getting less exposure to education and more exposure to the product in their school.

John Hill

Northeast Portland

Violent protests damage the message

I support the Black Lives Matter cause, but I am horrified at what some protesters have done and are still doing to our city.

John Lewis and the Rev. Dr. (Martin Luther) King advocated non-violent protests, not riots. The first night of the protests our city leaders should have put a stop to the looting and vandalism, but they did not. Why? I think they didn't want to upset those who would be fine with no police department.

We need the police, and, yes, there needs to be reform, but to think that "defund the police" means ending the department is wrong, it means making systematic change.

In regard to the (gun violence reduction team) being dismantled — what a major mistake. I know that some think the police target neighborhoods of people of color unnecessarily. However, the police go where the most crimes are being done, no matter the color of the people who live there.

There was a bank robber in New York in the 1930s named Willie Sutton. He was asked one time why he robbed banks, and his reply was, "Because that's where the money is." The police go where the crime is in an attempt to restore law and order in our city.

We need reforms but we also need these violent protests to stop. Instead of getting their message across, the violent protesters are actually turning people away from this very just cause. The violence has got to stop.

Joan Frazer

Southwest Portland

DA's prosecution decision is pure politics

The very unfortunate decision of Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt to not prosecute those violating the law because he agrees with them politically, is a direct attack against the concept of equal treatment under the law.

No longer will everyone be treated equally under the law in Multnomah County. It now depends on whether or not the DA agrees with your politics.

In a democracy, if you don't like a law you work to change it. Neither the police nor the district attorney have a right to not enforce a law because they agree politically with those who are breaking it.

Michelle Silver

Northeast Portland

They're not 'bad protesters,' they're inspired young folks

Every day, more and more Portlanders are fed up with the police. The rhetoric of a "violent few" protesters justifying horrific police brutality in our neighborhoods, rings hollow.

After 79 days of it, protesters using shields, making dumpster fires, and throwing water bottles and fireworks no longer seems extreme: it seems sensible, even restrained. It has made evermore visible the lawbreaking of this invasive police force, keeping it at the forefront of our city's agenda.

It is accomplishing results, in terms of interrupting everyday racist police activity, that generations of well-spoken politicians have not.

These aren't "bad protesters." In fact, we're inspired by these (mostly) young, courageous folk out in the streets. They're the ones history books will laud.

They're the best of us.

John Brush, Southwest Portland

President's weight-loss plan is inspiring

President Trump says a major reason for the increase in COVID-19 cases is widespread testing. He feels if there was less testing the pandemic would not appear so great.

I find this observation inspiring. I have been concerned about a recent weight gain. Thinking like the president, I realized weighing myself is the source of the problem. So, I have stayed off the scale and any weight gain is no longer apparent.

Thank you, President Trump.

Richard Botteri

Raleigh Hills


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