Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



Readers write in about the Langer's development, pay-to-play in politics and more.

Reader prefers roller skating to go-karts

We've watched with excitement as Langer's Family Fun Center has emerged, and have enjoyed reading about what will be inside.

The paper referred to a second phase that would include a high-speed electric go-kart track. I'm sure there will be many who would enjoy this entertainment — my husband included. Planning and preparing, the Langers have done their homework for years.

Maybe they know the answer to this question. Could we have a roller skating rink instead? Just wondering.

Alicia Moore, Sherwood

President Trump works for free

President Donald Trump is not only the first president who was not a politician, but refuses to take a salary beyond a required $1 a year.

Unlike so many past presidents, such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who have turned the presidency into a path to millionaire status, Donald Trump was already a billionaire with no need to steal or cheat the people, or, for that matter, use the office as a popularity contest, but to the ire of the old-line politicians who take salaries and "huge expense" accounts, plus "paybacks" from lobbyists who work for business, unions and special interest groups. Sometimes the "payoffs" are in election campaign donations and even more often, in direct payments to politicians — or even banks that grant "lines of credit" or "business loans."

Trump is presenting a terrible example to career politicians whose life work is "being elected" and "profiting."

True, we have a "democratic representative" form of government, but we should be concerned who they really represent: themselves or their constituents. Think about this.

Bill Blankinship, Hillsboro

Congress, protect us from surprise medical bills

Welcoming a new child into the world is a wonderful thing and one that should not have to come with exorbitant medical costs.

I am a mother of two and my son was born two years after my daughter with the same doctor, the same health insurance at the same hospital. Despite the identical circumstances, I received a bill after the birth for $2,500 worth of out-of-network charges. For a single-income household, this was a surprising and difficult debt to burden, and I know that our experience happens across this country every day.

With Congress taking up the issue of surprise medical bills, I hope our leaders in Washington, D.C., will hold insurance companies accountable for their role in this problem. Often, patients get unexpected bills because insurers refuse to reimburse out-of-network hospitals or doctors for emergency care where patients may not have the flexibility to find an in-network provider. When insurance companies refuse to reimburse those expenses, patients are left with the tab.

Of course, the insurance companies are pushing solutions that will maximize their profits by regulating what providers charge for services. Experts are saying that if this happens, insurance networks will simply get smaller, and doctors will go out of business, making important (and sometimes life-saving) medical care less available. The solution to protecting new mothers and other patients from surprise medical bills should not result in even more limited care. Congress needs to act, but please act in the right way.

Megan Brown, Lake Oswego

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