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GOP's play for voters has a familiar ring to it

After watching the Republican National Convention last week, I sat on my couch shocked. But I wasn't shocked because of the ominous language from the highlighted speakers, or the hypocrisy of the GOP after lambasting Democrats for taping their speeches.

Instead, I thought to myself: Republicans are attempting to conjure up the same dystopian America if a Democrat happened to win the White House as they did over 100 years ago.

An excerpt from Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, "The Bully Pulpit," details the 1896 presidential election, in which Theodore Roosevelt (before he became a Progressive) states that "if victory came to (the Democratic candidate) and the mob of populists and socialists 'who want to strike down the well-to-do, and who have been inflamed against the rich,' the United States would face 'years of social misery, not markedly different from that of any South American Republic.'"

Now how is it that 124 years later, and a little less eloquently, the GOP still relies on the same fear tactics and hypothetical situation?

Deciding to forego a party platform, I would like to see the Republican Party start to offer a little more originality, rather than talking points from the 19th century.

Robert Backus, Warren

Witt is working hard for constituents

A sign on Highway 30 caught my attention. It said in big red letters, "Fire Brad Witt."

I was a bit shocked and surprised to see the sign. I have always appreciated Rep. Witt and have never had a problem reaching him or people on his staff.

I have been and still am "glad that we have Brad." He has been there when people needed him.

Right now, he is working with the Oregon Employment Division to correct their failure to get people needed checks. He is a strong advocate for healthcare and has worked to protect and improve our Oregon Health Plan. He is a sportsman, outdoorsman, angler, hunter and reloader, and an advocate for animals, wild and domestic. He worked hard to stop the illegal trade in shark fins.

Brad is a genuine person who supports timber workers, hunters and the needs of the majority of all Oregonians.

I have always believed that you don't fix something that isn't broken. Brad is far from broken; he is active and working hard in Salem for all of us.

His opponents may have signs up to fire him, but you don't fire a man who works as hard for us as he does.

I'm "glad that we have Brad." I hope you are as well.

Bill Eagle, St. Helens

What about election shenanigans here at home?

Dear Spotlight Editor,

I wonder if your friend and regular correspondent Wayne Mayo is worried about his vote being counted in the upcoming election? Is he confident his president and Postmaster-General Louis DeJoy aren't going to delay or otherwise hinder the counting of mail-in votes in Columbia County?

RW Blue, Scappoose

Clarke is best in judge's race

Let me tell you why I support Michael T. Clarke for Circuit Court Judge, District 19, Position 3.

When I made a simple call to Michael in 2008 to ask if he would serve as a board member of the Scappoose Parents Association, without hesitation he accepted. He brought with him integrity, caring, calm and ideas. He generously gave of his time, his knowledge and sometimes his office space for our meetings. For me, personally, Michael has handled my need for legal services with honor and sincerity. I know him to be an honest, dedicated, intelligent, caring and fair person.

I want a judge who is knowledgeable, fair, honest and sincere. I want someone who stands up for what is right and won't back down. For all of those reasons, Michael T. Clarke is that person.

Candy Cole, Warren

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