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Spotlight readers thank Share & Care contributors, express frustration about the interstate commute, and more.

Let voters decide on Kristof's qualifications

As an unaffiliated voter, I read with interest, disappointment, and concern regarding Secretary of State Shemia Fagan's ruling against Nicholas Kristof's application seeking to become Oregon's next governor.

Fagan, to her credit, is following procedures. Yet, I am rooting for the Oregon Supreme Court to decide in favor of the prospective candidate based on the law and past precedent.

Kristof is a progressive Democrat by his own admission. His writings and actions are refreshing and portray an individual possessing an altruistic philosophy, vision, and advocacy.

I value the opportunity to consider "outsider" candidates, those who have not followed the traditional path of succession from service as an elected member of the executive or legislative branch of government.

Oregonian voters are competent to rate those running for office based on their personal and professional merits and qualifications. Further, we are benefited when we can evaluate candidates representing more than the status quo of a particular political party and its predictable financial backers.

I envision a 2022 election featuring a Democrat with strong rural roots (Kristof), an accomplished independent with business, rural and urban ties (former Sen. Betsy Johnson), and a Republican from the Metro area.

David Nardone, Hillsboro

Thanks for supporting Share & Care

Scappoose Share & Care wishes to thank everyone who helped with the 2021 program.

This community really pulled together and provided food, toys, and healthcare items to over 150 families in need. Local businesses let us place giving trees at their locations, as well as collected gifts. Our great community adopted other families and donated cash and toys.

This year, over 2,000 hours of service were given in an effort to provide for our neighbors and friends.

Our annual participation with the Christmas Ships and their various gatherings along the route brought in bags and bags of toys and cash donations. A highlight of our year is decorating the Scappoose Fire District fire boat and parading Santa along our waterfront.

Please remember that our Scappoose families in need don't just need help at Christmas — they need help all year long. Please consider making a food or cash donation to your local food bank in Scappoose, St. Vincent de Paul at 51555 S.W. Old Portland Road. You may drop off food on Mondays or Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. or call for details 503-543-7495 x15.

Maria Heath, Scappoose Share & Care

Oregon commuters getting short shrift

I am disappointed to not be seeing more coverage on the Washington State CARES act which has taken effect January 1, 2022.

While fine in concept, it is implemented horribly. All Washington employees are required to pay. This includes Oregon residents who commute to Washington. However Oregon residents are not eligible to benefit from the act, only Washington residents.

My research shows that Oregon has close to 49,000 commuters to Washington. With an average income of $30,710 annual income. The per-hundred figure comes to $307.10. At a $0.58 tax rate, the average Oregon commuter will pay $178.12, annually. Multiply that by 49,000 and Washington state will be raking in a whopping $8,827,782 every year!

I am surprised this is not considered to be important news.

Jim Crutcher, Portland


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