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Spotlight readers weigh in on Columbia County Sheriff Brian Pixley's letter to Gov. Kate Brown.

No accountability at OHSU

Taxpayers have a right to know how our money is being spent. Yet, our group has documented how Oregon Health & Science University's Oregon National Primate Research Center has repeatedly violated longstanding federal law by failing to disclose how much of the public's money it spends on cruel and wasteful primate experiments that are opposed by most Americans, including addicting monkeys to alcohol.

Fortunately, federal legislation — the COST Act — has been introduced to withhold funding from institutions like OHSU that fail to disclose how they spend taxpayers' money.

It's time that OHSU was held accountable for breaking the law with its wasteful and secretive spending.

Natalie Warhit

Campaign Assistant, White Coat Waste Project

Pixley's duty is to uphold laws, not ignore them

I was appalled when I read Sheriff Brian Pixley's Aug. 19 letter to our governor.

He began his letter with the statement, "As Sheriff, it is my responsibility to provide for the peace and safety of those in Columbia County."

Read our Aug. 19, 2021, story on the letter from Sheriff Brian Pixley.

I have always believed that people in this country have a right to be stupid unless their stupidity puts others in jeopardy.

Gov. Kate Brown issued her mask mandate to try and protect the people in our state. The governor has asked people to wear masks when congregating indoors. She is also asking educators to be vaccinated and schoolchildren to be masked.

I agree that our county sheriff is our only elected law enforcement official. He also swore an oath to support our Oregon and federal constitution. His oath did not give him option to be above the law or the right to ignore any law he does not like.

With the COVID delta variant, there has been a major surge of COVID-19 cases in Columbia County.

Pixley's letter to the governor is both reckless and irresponsible. His actions will endanger the lives of the citizens that he has sworn to protect.

I hope he has second thoughts about his letter. I both supported and voted for him during this last election. I now have second thoughts.

William Eagle, St. Helens

An open letter about Pixley's open letter

Regarding Sheriff Brian Pixley's response to Gov. Kate Brown's latest mask mandate, I must say it both angers and saddens me by the example he is setting.

While thumbing his nose at Kate Brown, his disrespectful thumbing his nose at hundreds of frontline healthcare workers that have been working tirelessly throughout this pandemic is more than disrespectful. It's sickening. In many parts of Oregon, the healthcare system is at or beyond the breaking point. Citizens of Columbia County are constantly transported to our neighboring counties due to lack of adequate facilities here. Imagine if they were to say: "No more. Keep your citizens at home." Who could blame them, given our county's below-average vaccination rate?

To quote your own message from the sheriff at the Columbia County Jail website: "I know it takes more than just responding to calls to create a safer Columbia County; it includes developing and maintaining relationships with the residents, businesses, nonprofit agencies and public safety partners. It is incumbent on all of us to work together to create a safer Columbia County." Does your latest action go along with that statement?

Please, Sheriff Pixley, take a moment to read the Oregon State Sheriffs Association Code of Ethics, especially this sentence: "I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions."

As for your writing on behalf of the citizens of Columbia County, let's remember your 2018 election win. In a three-way race, you received 46% of the vote — not exactly a mandate. In other words, the majority of voters did not support you.

I hope you may show some humanity and humility and just suck it up. Mask up. And may we all get through these trying times together.

Jeff Powell, Scappoose

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