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Readers are finding silver linings in social isolation. Also, thoughts on coronavirus testing and the May election.

Celebrating Easter during the Great Distancing

In the spirit of making Sherwood smile as we deal with social isolation over Easter weekend, we enlisted the help of the Easter Bunny to drive the streets of Sherwood to wave hi, blow kisses, and spread a little bit of joy and hope.

On Saturday, April 11, starting at 2 p.m., the Easter Bunny hit the streets of Sherwood to help bring some cheer to the community over the holiday weekend while stuck at home in social isolation.

With a whim of an idea and 24 hours to spread the word, Amber Gardner and Aaron Sawyer of Gardner Team Real Estate and Rebecca Fairbanks of Allstate in Sherwood added some decorations to their vehicles and set out on a "Drive by, Wave Hi" spree. They used social media to spread the word and put together a list of numerous streets throughout seven different neighborhoods in all areas of town to visit.

With three hours on the clock, horns beeping, music playing and lots of waving, the Easter Bunny saw hundreds of kids. It was an emotional feeling seeing local residents stuck at home, yet a beautiful thing to see them gather while apart in their own yards. Kids sitting in their laps, blankets in lawns, folding chairs spread apart on sidewalks, and some even walked or drove to areas on the route for a glimpse while practicing social distancing. In the spirit of safety first, even the Easter Bunny wore a facemask.

While life and Easter may look a little bit different this year, COVID-19 has nothing on Sherwood's love for community.

Amber R. Gardner, Sherwood

A prayer for the community from a World War II vet

For those who are hurting with hardships, perplexities and distress, the same everlasting Father, who took care of you yesterday, will take care of you today and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

And remembering God's great promise to mankind. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Ray Puckett, Tigard

Workers need more testing for virus

When can essential workers expect COVID-19 testing will be available to them?

My daughter has been working nonstop at a local grocery store since the beginning of the pandemic, and the anxiety she and coworkers live with not knowing who might be carrying the virus is unbearable and cruel. Many of these workers have chosen to isolate themselves from family rather than risk exposing them unknowingly.

When will testing be available to the people who are working to assure your lives go on by meeting your necessities? When?

Melissa Wyant, Sherwood

Backing Stevens in House District 26

We wanted to write and lend our support to Peggy Stevens' run for our state representative. Our current representative has utterly failed us. We now have a state fee ($17) to float in our own canoe, or floating devices in any waterway in Oregon. Then there is a new corporate tax she supported.

She has supported every tax increase, and every governmental encroachment into our lives.

Where she failed us is in our schools. Why do we receive less money per child than other school district? Are our children not as important as any other?

Peggy Stevens will represent us, not Portland. Portland has enough representatives. It doesn't need our representative also. As an Independent, I am voting for Sherwood, for Wilsonville, for our district, which does not include Portland.

Mark O. Cottle and Susie Cottle, Sherwood


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