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'Those 'emission reduction goals' in the bill will affect our lives only as individual freedom-destroying consequences, with zero measurable change in worldwide carbon emissions'

Cap, trade bill would only destroy freedom

A writer to last week's Spotlight called for the recall of Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose (see "Problems with Johnson's politics," June 21, A5). His claim: She puts "special interest groups above her own communities."

It's a claim which was indirectly refuted by Bill Kerr's Citizen's View column on the left quarter of the opinion page (see "Cap, trade bill will

cost local jobs," June 21). Kerr's

letter warned of the disastrous negative impact House Bill 2020 would have on union members living in Clatsop and Columbia counties who work at Georgia-Pacific's Wauna paper mill.

These two letters evidence the divide between big government centralization of power, which HB 2020 and rent control Senate Bill 608 would produce, vs. the individual freedom of the union members, Senator Johnson's constituents and the 1,000 truckers and loggers who traveled to Salem on Friday, June 21, to beg the politicians to stop threatening rural Oregonians' way of life.

The proponents of ever bigger and more intrusive government controlling more of our lives see only groups and "communities," which can be generalized about and demonized. It's not that Senator Johnson "sided" with the Equitable Housing PAC. It's that both the PAC and Johnson support private property rights, economic freedom and less government intrusion into the lives of her constituents. So their goals align.

Senator Johnson, like the valiant 11 Republican senators who fled the state, aims to protect her constituents from the dystopian schemes of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.

Those "emission reduction goals" in the bill will affect our lives only as individual freedom-destroying consequences, with zero measurable change in worldwide carbon emissions. The solution: Put the bill to the vote of the people as the Republican senators insist.

Kathleen Fisher

CCGOP Communication Director

Scappoose

Thanks for the reminder

I'd like to thank Thomas O'Hanlon for his letter in last week's Spotlight (see "Problems with Johnson's politics, June 21). He reminded why I always vote for Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose. She is intelligent and has common sense, and that's something that's very rare in the Democrat-controlled Oregon Legislature.

Senator Johnson understands that House Bill 2020 — the cap-and-trade bill — is nothing more than a money grab that would never pass if Oregonians were allowed to vote on it. She knows that rent controls don't work, and I hope she never, ever, ever listens to any the ramblings of Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

I have voted and will continue to vote for Senator Johnson.

Robert Maak

Scappoose


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