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NYT writer Nick Kristof, who wishes to be Oregon governor, easily dominates letter-writers' opinions this week.

Fifty years have passed since declaring war on cancer, and yet it is the second leading cause of death in the United States. The tide may soon begin shifting.

Scientists, including at OHSU, are researching new technologies called multi-cancer early detection (MCED), which allow health providers to detect dozens of cancers in an earlier stage — all with a single, noninvasive blood draw.

I lost my mother to cancer and while she was fortunate to receive excellent care, it's hard not to wonder if she might still be with us had her condition been discovered earlier. This potential inspires me to advocate for others who will battle cancer.

Even though cancer is a disease that does not discriminate, it doesn't affect everyone equally. In Oregon, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are disproportionately impacted both in terms of incidences of cancer and access to the care they need. MCED isn't a cure for cancer but it can have a profound effect in improving cancer outcomes, particularly in BIPOC communities.

In order for the promise of MCED to reach its full potential, seniors need to be able to access it. Bipartisan legislation enabling Medicare to cover MCED is before Congress. I'm grateful Oregon's own Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Congressman Peter DeFazio and Congressman Kurt Schrader are all supporters. New technologies like MCED, could help us turn the tide in this battle against cancer. Science has done its part, now I hope Congress will take the opportunity to turn the tide in the war on cancer.

Promise King, North Portland

Does Kristof pay taxes? Then he should run

I think the simplest test for Nick Kristof's Oregon residency is: Did he pay Oregon taxes the last two to three years?

I had the opportunity to work abroad, some time ago. Doing so made me exempt from Oregon taxes, and so I did not pay for a few years.

Upon my return, I applied for an Oregon VA home loan. The only way I could receive approval was to pay taxes on my overseas earnings. I did so, to get the benefit of the home loan program. The amount was substantial.

If Nick Kristof wants to run for governor, then he needs to either have paid Oregon taxes, or catch them up now.

A primary duty of Oregon citizenship is paying taxes. Tax-paying is not rooted in racism, but in fairness and support of the state. Avoiding Oregon taxes brightly illuminates intent, and does not indicate support of the state, something desirable in one who would be Governor.

Nice, detailed article in the Portland Tribune today. Thank you.

Lester Garrison, Clackamas

Supreme Court should put Kristof on ballot

I was pleased to read that three former secretaries of state agree that Nick Kristof qualifies for the ballot. They point out that election officials have usually chosen to include — not exclude — candidates from the democratic process. Oregon's overall election process is proudly inclusive, and Nick Kristof has spend his life standing up for people, like those he grew up with in Yamhill County, who were left behind by government policies. I urge the Supreme Court to put Nick Kristof on the ballot and let the voters decide.

Susan Kirschner, Portland

(Editor's note: The former secretaries of state are Phil Keisling, Bill Bradbury and Jeanne Atkins.)

Senator should lead in Alzheimer's legislation

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical importance of medical research. As Congress addresses the needs of our nation's most vulnerable impacted by COVID-19, they're also continuing their work to address another devastating disease affecting millions of Americans — Alzheimer's.

As a family caregiver, I understand firsthand the impact this disease has on families across America. I have lost three family members to dementia, and do not want to be a victim myself.

I (along with roughly 200,000 others) have lost time from work, resulting in lost income and opportunity, while taking care of my family members with dementia. The government has in turn lost my contributions as well.

Today, more than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's — a number expected to nearly triple by 2050, including over 69,000 in Oregon. Without medical breakthroughs, this number is projected to rise.

By increasing funding for Alzheimer's and dementia research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $289 million, Sen. Jeff Merkley has the opportunity to provide millions of Americans like me with a sense of hope.

With these funding increases, scientists will be able to work at a more rapid pace to advance basic disease knowledge, explore ways to reduce risk, uncover new biomarkers for early diagnosis and drug targeting, and make discoveries that can lead to a treatment or a cure.

Finding a cure, or at least a treatment would allow me to look forward to knowing my own grandchildren someday, and for my own kids to rest more easily.

Please join me and the Alzheimer's Association in encouraging Sen. Merkley to lead in the fight to end Alzheimer's by supporting critical funding.

It is only through increased research funding that we will discover new ways to treat and eventually prevent Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Jenn Buman, West Linn

Voters should have option to vote for Nick Kristof

When I saw the story about Nick Kristof running for governor I was thrilled and relieved. I immediately began my support of him and offered to volunteer to get him elected. Oregonians need a bold leader who will bring people together and get things done. I believe Nick Kristof is that person.

The current secretary of state barred Kristof from running because he resides in two states. She interpreted his dual residence as proof that Kristof is not a resident of Oregon and so does not qualify for the ballot. I read a news story about former Supreme Court Justice Bill Riggs's opinion that Nick qualifies, and the opinions of three former secretaries of state who agree that election officials usually err on the side of inclusion when it comes to determining eligibility to vote or run for office.

Kristof is eager and ready to lead his home state of Oregon to a new frontier. Where all of us can feel represented by our governor. I urge the Oregon Supreme Court to put Nick Kristof on the ballot.

Jean K Shirkoff, Southwest Portland

Kristof: Has he paid his income taxes in Oregon?

If Nick Kristof considers himself an Oregon resident, can we see his income tax returns for the last couple of years? Did he file Form 40, in which case all of his income would be taxed in Oregon as is required of all Oregon residents? Or, did he file a Form 40N, in which case he did not claim to be a resident and only paid Oregon taxes on his Oregon income.

A simple question, with a simple answer that does not require a detailed parsing of Oregon election law or case law precedents, or interpretations of all the heartwarming stories about his 4H membership and family vacations in Oregon.

Edward Reckford, Northeast Portland

Many Oregonians split time here, elsewhere

Disqualifying Nick Kristof because his job required him to spend time out of state, often overseas, suggests the secretary of state is out of touch with modern life, which takes many away from home for extended periods of time for work and school.

Kristof has made no secret about having two houses, but one home: Yamhill, Oregon. Forcing a lifelong Oregonian and leading contender for governor out of the race for dividing his time between his home and his work suggests the secretary of state doesn't trust Oregon voters to decide for themselves how much the facts of Kristof's residency matter to them.

Put him on the ballot and let the voters decide.

Ed Davie, Forest Grove

Income tax returns are evidence of residence

There is a simple way for Nick Kristof to prove he's an Oregon resident as he claims. Oregon residents pay taxes on income earned out of state. If he can show us that he filed an Oregon Form 40, (and not a Form 40N for non-residents) there is no way the secretary of state should prevent him from running for governor.

Rolf Semprebon. Southeast Portland

Rep. Schrader listens to PAC's instead of people

Rep. Schrader votes against protections for rivers, wildlife and fish when these protections go counter to the interests of corporations, particularly those who fund his campaign.

In the last election cycle, he was the largest Democratic recipient from the forest products industry and second largest overall in the House, taking in $76,750. He received even more, $98,000, from the oil and gas industry, including Koch Industries. Less than 2% of his funding came from donations under $200. That should tell you right there who Kurt Schrader listens to.

It is time for a change. Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a trusted public servant with a history of working for her constituents on city and statewide levels. As an engineer, small-business owner and environmental attorney, she has what it takes to advocate for Oregonians.

Jamie has never taken corporate PAC money. She will listen to you and me and ignore the corrupting influence of PAC's.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner has the skills, experience and integrity to represent Oregon's 5th congressional district. Vote for Jamie.

Jean Lofy, Southeast Portl

Starnes would make good non-metro-area candidate

Patrick Starnes was raised in Roseburg and was driven from the Mckenzie Valley by the fires last summer. He has been a tireless advocate for the homeless, but he sees it through a statewide lens. If he were to win the Democratic primary for governor, it would go a long way toward saying the Democrats represent more than the Metro area. Maybe he couldn't win the eastern part of the state, but perhaps he could help take the sails out of the movement.

As the election heats up, I hope we look closer at Patrick.

Lee Barckmann, Wilsonville

Inconceivable to keep Kristof off May ballot

In 2018, The Oregonian published a list of "The 100 greatest Oregonians ever." On that list is Nicholas Kristof who grew up on an Oregon farm and has become a champion of human rights and economic fairness. It is inconceivable that he would be barred from running for governor of Oregon.

Having lived in Oregon for over 45 years, I greatly appreciate the environmental, social and political values supported by the voters of this state. I believe Nicholas Kristof is the best choice to uphold these values. He must be allowed to run for governor of Oregon.

Patty Mancuso, Pacific City

Kristof earns my vote for Oregon governor

Heard there's been a lot of debate about who gets to run for office in Oregon and who doesn't. Also heard rumors that political insiders may have pressured the secretary of state to keep Nick Kristof off the ballot.

Thankfully, three former secretaries of state have clarified that Oregon became a leader in protecting voter access and voting rights by including rather than excluding people from participating in the democratic process.

In addition, a former Supreme Court Justice's opinion agrees that Nick qualifies for the ballot. Those experts trust voters to decide who's the best choice to lead Oregon, and that's how it should be.

I'm supporting Nick Kristof. He has spent his life standing up for people ignored by their governments. He is a longtime Oregonian who will tackle problems like homelessness and economic fairness to climate change, and I expect to see his name on the 2022 ballot.

John Puntenney, Southwest Portland

Supreme Court should let Kristof run for office

I was pleased to read that three former secretaries of state agree that Nick Kristof qualifies for the ballot. They point out that election officials have usually chosen to include — not exclude — candidates from the democratic process. Oregon's overall election process is proudly inclusive, and Nick Kristof has spent his life standing up for people, like those he grew up with in Yamhill County, who were left behind by government policies.

I urge the Supreme Court to put Nick Kristof on the ballot and let the voters decide.

Susan Kirschner, South Portland

Kristof perspective would make him great candidate

I can appreciate our secretary of state and her staff following the rules for candidacy for governor. However, having read a news story about former Supreme Court Justice Richard Riggs' opinion that Nick Kristof qualifies, and a guest opinion by three former secretaries of state who agree that when it comes to determining eligibility to vote or run for office, elections officials usually err on the side of inclusion, not exclusion from the democratic process, I vote for including him.

His having been born in a rural Oregon town, owning property and spending summers here through the decades, I believe in his sincere wish and ability to help our state grow and become better. He deeply understands the workings of a small town, a major metropolitan city and how they are connected to the world at large. With his passion for covering people across the globe, I believe he understands how governments, power and authoritarianism work. Much of what he has seen on a global level is reflected currently in his hometown and our state. He appreciates all that is good about Oregon and wants to help all Oregonians to be able to live productive, dignified lives.

I hope our Supreme Court rules to keep him on the ballot and let the people of Oregon, the voters, decide.

Diane Colcord, Tillamook


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