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Local writers want us to be more open and loving during the Thanksgiving holiday, and they want Republican women to explain vote on Gosar censure.

My grandfather and I were born 50 years and a day apart on Thanksgiving. He was an amazing man, imparting many important traits to me. They were honesty, openness, fairness to all, hard work and loving others.

Thanksgiving is a day of love and friendship void of presents, but full of joy, good food, and festive togetherness. It precedes Christmas, the holiday of love, celebration, giving and honoring a special man.

As I look forward to Thanksgiving and then onward to Christmas, I feel that it is time to be open and honest. So, the time has come to say that I have loved two special women. The first, my first love, was a high school classmate one year removed from each other. She taught me to pursue a course with focused effort. She taught me that it is OK to fail only if you have given your best effort.

She was and is my forever love.

The second was my wife of 35 years, the mother of my two daughters. She was devout to meaningful principles, an extraordinary teacher and mother, and a person willing to overlook my flaws of which there were many. Somehow, she found a way to love me.

Why do I share? Maybe it is my attempt to honor my grandfather who always told the truth and gave more monetarily than he ever received. Maybe his words and actions will inspire others if viewed in print to do better today than you did yesterday.

Be open, honest, tell the truth and love others no matter who they are. Don't look for their faults because everyone has them. Instead, look for the goodness in them.

Don't regret what you did or didn't do yesterday. Instead, look to tomorrow and try to do better or what you failed to do yesterday.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

Gary L. Hollen

Northwest Portland

GOP women should have supported censure

In thinking about the result of the vote in the House of Representatives on the recent censure of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, a question occurs to me: would any of the Republican women representatives have voted differently (except for U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney) if they had been Rep. Gosar's victim?

I would hope that if the situation were reversed and the perpetrator was a male Democratic representative that every female Democrat would vote for his censure. I am sending this to a variety of different places and suspect that I will not get any reaction from any Republican. All I can do is express my frustration over the lack of fortitude of the vast majority of Republican politicians.

A dream would come true for me if every Republican female member of the House of Representatives were required to publicly answer the question I have posed.

John Sporseen

Southwest Portland

Rittenhouse case shows system works

No matter what you think of Kyle Rittenhouse the system of laws worked.

Twelve unanimous jurors found him not guilty for defending himself from violent protesters but people in Portland complain by themselves becoming violent protesters.

This is ridiculous.

Worse yet, Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty denigrate the result of the system of laws that they are sworn to uphold. Heaven help us all if the rule of law is not observed and held in the highest importance.

Our country, our lives depend on it.

Richard Leonetti

Southwest Portland


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