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Readers opine on the post-election aftermath and the socially distanced Veterans Day event in Scappoose.

Education and appreciation over fear and suspicion

First of all, I would like to thank all of the poll workers who endured the pressures of this cycle's election process.

Who knew that many of these workers, who have been counting votes for decades, would be considered suspect. There is a "communist under every bed" mentality in our country today, that has not been prevalent since the '50s. I hope you all realize how much we appreciate your endurance and your dedication to our electoral system.

I'd also like to thank Wes Drumheller for clarifying exactly what socialism is and that it is not communism. Think England compared to Russia as examples of those differing economic systems. As I have listened to many who conflate the two, and even insist that America is one of them, I can't help but think that our high school civics classes need to add a chapter to their curricula.

Josette Hugo, Scappoose

Let's expect more from our leaders, and model it ourselves

The 2020 elections are over. It is time to acknowledge our appreciation to all candidates, even those with whom we may disagree.

We must continue to maintain and develop meaningful relationships with elected officials, serving as credible advisors when advocating our priorities, positions and issues. We must expect them to govern in a bipartisan, civil, respectful and collegial manner, use only evidence-based approaches to guide their votes, prioritize constituents over party, ideology, or monied lobbyists, and faithfully attend to their legislative duties even when faced with challenging decisions.

As important, we must hold ourselves to the same standards in communicating and meeting with them and their staff.

Carl Sandburg summed up both the right and wrong approaches: "If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table…"

David Nardone, Hillsboro

Gratitude for Veterans Day event in Scappoose

Darril and I would like to thank Ms. Courtney Scott, the leadership students and the Veterans Day Breakfast Committee at Scappoose High School for another wonderful, successful, heartwarming celebration honoring our veterans again this year. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Since the celebration couldn't be held at the high school, Ms. Scott organized a drive-thru breakfast from Scappoose Bagel. Thank you for the absolutely delicious bagel. Darril was also presented with a bag of goodies from the students.

The students representing the leadership class were very personable, showing compassion, kindness and respect toward our wonderful veterans. We always support the high school students, since they are our future.

Our heart goes out to the teachers and students regarding distance learning.

We're so blessed to be part of this wonderful community.

Darril and I are very patriotic, flying our flag everyday honoring our country and the brave men and women who are currently serving in our military.

We recently, Aug. 1, celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. We visited beautiful Mt. St. Helens observing 40 years since the eruption. Mother's Day, May 10, was also a very special day for us, celebrating our daughters', Janet and Janice, birthday. We count our blessings every day.

We're so thankful and blessed with wonderful, supportive relatives and friends for whom we think the world of.

God bless America!

Jennifer and Darril Clark, Scappoose


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