Readers give their thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic and the House election.

We still have our lives ahead of us

I sat outside of an ice cream shop. A man and his son walked out the front door holding ice cream cones. The man and his son did not have masks. Just outside the front door, the man spit on the ground. It was so disgusting, and I wanted to yell and swear at him, but I didn't. I immediately threw away my shake. What a role model he is for his son!

I want to share with all of you a miracle!

My uncle, my dad's older brother, was born in 1919. His mother was pregnant with him and she became sick with the Spanish flu. My uncle was born a month or more premature in May. They both survived.

My grandfather was away in World War I. So my grandmother had to leave Jordan, Montana, and go to the nearest hospital, which I think was Miles City, Montana, to have her first baby. My uncle had one eye that was cross-eyed from the birth.

When my dad was 7 years old and my uncle 10 years old, the family moved to Billings, Montana.

Years later, my uncle joined the Navy and my dad joined the Army Air Corps in World War II.

I hope this gives all of you some hope in this difficult time!

Lisa MacDonald, Sherwood

Sloop wants to make Oregon more affordable

At a recent, small, socially distanced get-together at a friend's home, I had the privilege of meeting Kelly Sloop.

Kelly is running for Oregon representative seat in District 37. She is a pharmacist who grew up in West Linn and has been increasingly disappointed in state leadership.

Kelly wants to improve Oregon livability for the entire state by supporting education and healthcare. She recognizes the need to find alternatives to increasing taxes (over $1 billion passed last year).

Kelly and her family are experiencing the adverse effects the corporate activities tax is having on small businesses and families by driving up the cost of all goods and services. Oregon is quickly becoming unaffordable for many residents.

What happens in the Oregon Legislature has an enormous impact on our day-to-day lives. Recently, many very important decisions have been made by executive order and without hearing public testimony.

Everyone should have a voice in Salem. Kelly Sloop wants to be your voice. Kelly Sloop is not a career politician with an agenda. She is a longtime Oregon resident willing to commit her time and energy to bring balance back to the Oregon Legislature. Learn more at

Julie Tolboe, Wilsonville

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