Readers letters: GOP must rein in its many 'loons'
The Oregon Republican Party is in trouble.
While this is nothing new, I would like to offer my perspective as a former Democrat. The Dems were no longer a viable party for me after Afghanistan. As a combat veteran I'm disgusted by the Biden administration. Therefore I decided to reach out the Republicans in Oregon. It didn't turn out well. For some reason I though the GOP would want to win, they don't. County Republican parties are living in an alternative universe. Take Polk County for example. They claim that the COVID-19 vaccine has killed thousands; plus they have a picture of Gov. Brown dressed as Hitler. Are they trying to throw elections? Oregon House Minority Leader Rep. Christine Drazan is supposed to be the field general for Western Oregon Republicans. She has been leading her troops to defeat. Until and unless she can reign in the loons, she isn't going to win. She is trying to stand in the middle of the road, but she's been getting blasted by both lanes of traffic. Her back is to a river and both of her flanks have been overrun.
No battlefield commander can move her troops under such circumstances. She must be bold and decisive. She is highly intelligent and I admire her message discipline. But that's not enough. She needs to learn how to win.
Don't argue, make treatments happen
My lifetime has seen polio all but obliterated due to the development of the vaccine.
I remember entire communities going to centers to receive and I will never forget the damage that polio had done to some friends and neighbors.
I remember the discomfort of asthma when I was young, and the relief my inhaler brought. And, most of all, I now have a healthy liver after decades of carrying a ticking time bomb waiting for an effective Hepatitis C treatment.
These miracles were produced by scientists and manufactured for mass distribution and it is of the utmost importance that these efforts for cures and preventions are funded through this part of the process. We are battling a pandemic at this time and there are likely more steps to take in this fight.
The argument over the product pricing is a separate issue. We must first have the product.
I would urge all decision makers to remember, first you need the product and do not hinder the development and manufacture by not adequately funding the process.
Let's save and improve some lives.
Avoid the fear surround climate change
This letter is in response to the Aug. 11 opinion column by state Treasurer Tobias Read, "No denying it, climate change fight requires bold action."
It is generally believed that 97% of scientists say that man contributes to global warming. The question is, how much do we contribute? There is a consortium of ideas among scientists to answer that question. Some believe man has little effect, while others believe man is the greatest contributor. So which is it? Those who say man has no effect on climate are the true deniers, the rest just believe in differing amounts.
The underlined quotes are from Mr. Read and my responses are in parenthesis.
"...fires are so fierce they're creating their own weather patterns," (Large fires have always created their own weather. This is nothing new).
"And it's an urgent priority that needs immediate attention." (Italics added.) (We have heard these predictions for decades that do not materialize).
(Here is a play on emotions): "We shivered in cold, We watched helplessly..."(refer to his article).
Closing comment: we must keep in mind the difference between extreme weather events and climate change. Climate change is looking at the average climate data over multitudes of decades. We can look at events and panic, or take the long view and realize we need to make some changes without scare tactics. After all, back in the 1970's there was great concern over the cooling climate. Fear was used by the media to warn of a coming ice age. Please see https://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/03/01/global-cooling-compilation/
Have we forgotten these words from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, "We have nothing to fear...except fear itself." Let's forget the extremists on both ends and seriously look at what the science is really saying.
Police, city government are failing us
If police just stand by while violent extremists roam our streets with guns, why are we paying them? If love is all we need to prevent crime and violence, why do we have police? If the mayor/police commissioner doesn't speak out against white supremacy and hate (thus condoning them), why is he still in office? The status quo is making Portland a more racist and dangerous place for Black people and marginalized communities. The capitalist police state has failed us on all levels. If love is our over-arching goal then we need a new system to achieve it. Recall Ted Wheeler and defund the police.
Pass national voting rights legislation
I am angry, totally disgusted with all members of the House of Representatives and the Senate that refuse to vote for the right-to-vote bill (the For The People Act).
This is supposed to be a democracy, a form of government that is based upon all citizens having a right to vote. If getting reelected is more important than preserving our democracy, I say that now is the time to pass term limits and get rid of the dead wood in Congress.
It is not unreasonable to have voting by mail, multiple days to hold our elections, drive by voting and automatic voter registration.
What are the Republicans afraid of?
Gary L. Hollen
Vaccines can also help fight RSV
As a pediatric nurse at a children's hospital here in Oregon, I have watched with concern as other parts of the country deal with a COVID-19 surge at the same time they are grappling with an unseasonable surge in respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
RSV is a common childhood disease that usually hits in colder months. It is easily confused with a common cold but can be very serious especially for young children.
The disease is responsible for nearly 16 times more infant hospitalizations than influenza and kills up to 500 children under age 5 every year. Around 2,000 confirmed cases were recorded across the U.S. during the week of July 10, 2021, compared to less than a dozen during the week of July 25, 2020. The actual number of infections is likely higher, since clinicians may not test sick children for RSV outside its usual season.
In areas where RSV and COVID-19 are creating a "surge upon surge," health care providers are expressing concern about hospital bed availability and strain on the health care system. While there are vaccines for COVID-19, there is no vaccine for RSV. However, medical researchers are close to finalizing two products, one for children and one for expectant mothers, that will protect infants against RSV.
Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect children from harmful diseases. Once they are available, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must ensure that RSV immunizations are included in the recommended childhood immunization schedule just like DTaP, Polio and hepatitis.
While this summer RSV surge is unique, RSV outbreaks happen every year and these immunizations can keep thousands of children from the hospital and save hundreds of children's lives every year. RSV immunizations belong on the CDC's recommended immunization schedule and the Vaccines for Children program.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.