Spotlight readers write to us about mask compliance and issues with Scappoose School District leadership.

Stop worrying so much about what other people are doing

I must disagreed with the writer on regarding non-compliance on wearing masks at the Fred Meyer store in Scappoose ("Mask non-compliance could be bad for business," letter to the editor published Nov. 5, 2021).

I shop at Fred Meyer multiple times every week and I cannot recall ever seeing a shopper not wearing a mask. Fred Meyer has masks and hand sanitizer at each entrance, again.

Refer to letters to the Spotlight published Nov. 5, 2021.

Remember the words of Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and President Joe Biden: Follow the science. The science reports that if you are fully vaccinated, received the booster vaccine, if recommended, wearing a mask is not necessary. Yes, there is not a 100% guarantee you will not contract COVID-19 — only death and taxes have a 100% guarantee — but the symptoms are usually mild.

I believe in getting the COVID-19 vaccine: I am vaccinated. 

The writer of the complaint at non-mask-wearing at Fred Meyer in Scappoose, would do well to be vaccinated and wear a mask and not worry about other people. Again, I cannot recall ever seeing a customer not wearing a mask in Fred Meyer.

Thomas Moquin, Scappoose

Do meeting laws even matter to Scappoose school board?

When I saw that the Scappoose school board had a public meeting at Will Kessi's house on Aug. 25, I wasn't surprised, because as a former board member, I witnessed these people blow off public meeting laws before — like that secret contract deal they made with Paul Peterson for $36,000.

Will Kessi, Phil Lager, Michelle Graham, Jim Hoag and Branda Jurasek were all in the same meeting I was when we discussed the exact issue of not having a public meeting (specifically the August retreat), at someone's personal residence.

Why, then, did they do this? Were they cooking up some backroom deal? Do you think they were maskless, hobnobbing and not social distancing. Can't let anyone see that! Yet at the same time, our students get reprimanded, segregated, and punished if they don't comply with these ridiculous guidelines imposed on them at school.

I thought about filing a public complaint, but they would just brush it off when it's about them. They did that for several months earlier this year, with three different official complaints. They ignore their own wrongdoing and pretend it never happened.

Now that our school board is all family, best friends and business associates, there is no one there to object to, or raise a concern about their unethical behavior. Come on, guys, stop being such hypocrites.

Tim Brooks, Scappoose

Scappoose superintendent's misleading letter

In response to the article ("District: Protesters accost Scappoose students") of Nov. 12, 2021, I would like to address concerns regarding Scappoose School District Superintendent Tim Porter's actions.

As a parent who has participated in the rallies since Oct. 18, 2021, and was witness to "incidences" that occurred, I can unequivocally state that Mr. Porter's letter was based on lies at worst, and at best over-exaggerations of what occurred on Monday, Oct. 18.

Read our news story published online Nov. 8, 2021, on the Scappoose School District response to protests outside schools.

While at the rally, I personally witnessed two incidences that could have been interpreted as "accosting." The first incident was when a student started yelling profanities at the rally-goers. The person whom the boorish action was directed towards shrugged it off and walked away to avoid further confrontation. The next incident was when the school district's own security guard left his post to confront the rally-goers.

In neither these cases did any of the parents involved initiate, intimidate or cause any further disruptions than what was caused by the instigators themselves. I saw the parents make way for students as they passed, and be generally genial to all.

Mr. Porter's letter was clearly intended to pit parents against each other, and this is simply unacceptable from a person who is in the position to guide his staff and educate our children.

As Mr. Porter stated numerous times that as a citizen of this country and county, the public has a right to peacefully congregate and protest/rally for a cause they believe in.

Given that Mr. Porter could not and cannot provide a single verifiable incident, one can only conclude that Mr. Porter, unfortunately, chosen to mislead one group of his employers (the parents, by way of the school board), by misrepresenting another portion thereof.

In most industries, that would be a fireable offense.

Curtis Francis, Scappoose

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