Political letters dominate our monthly mailbag as we approach Election Day.

Feeling like a stranger at home

I have lived in Sherwood for all my life. I'm 23 years old. In those 23 years, I have never felt welcomed or accepted in Sherwood. I feel like I don't belong and or fit in here. I feel like there's not a place for me here. I get the feeling that my life doesn't matter.

Why do I feel this way? For starters, I was adopted from Seoul, Korea, at five months old.

I'm Asian, but most importantly, I'm an American. But I feel as if my fellow citizens don't view me as an American. I'm looked at differently. People look at me as if I'm illegal. As if I'm in the wrong town.

I love this country, this state, and town just as much as anyone else. I'm not looking to start a fight. I'm not looking for special treatments. I'm just asking for acceptance from my fellow community members.

John Meissinger IV, Sherwood

Former Sherwood mayor glad not to live in Portland

I agree with John Vandenberg; we should all do our part and wear masks as appropriate (letter to the editor, September 2020). But not blindly.

I see people wearing masks outdoors while social distancing. If it makes them feel better, great, but don't demonize people that follow CDC recommendations, "Wear masks outdoors in places where social distancing can't be observed."

Refer to John Vanderberg's letter in the September 2020 mailbag.

Mr. Vandenberg then goes on to rant for Democratic policies and against Republicans, and he has the gall to point to the wonderful job Portland is doing? I suppose he likes mobs of rioters destroying buildings, engaging in arson, and violating the law. He has swallowed CNN's Kool-Aid, that they are just exercising their freedom of speech.

Most of us live in Sherwood and Wilsonville by choice, so we don't have to put up with the nonsense of Portland. We aren't of Portland, nor do we want to be.

For many of us, Portland politics are an embarrassment. We respect property rights, we respect each other, and we recognize the need to fundamentally engage in meaningful dialog to promote social justice, without the rioting, without the elitism of the Portland mayor and cowards on its council.

As an independent, locally, I will not vote for any Democrat; they lost me when they justified the rioting, elitism, and condescending attitudes of the Portland politician.

We aren't Portland, nor do we want to be. For those reasons, I am voting for Peggy Stevens for our representative to the Oregon House.

Mark O. Cottle, Sherwood

Councilor supporting incumbent Neron in election

My name is Sean Garland, and I am one of your city councilors here in Sherwood. I am writing to support state Rep. Courtney Neron and urge you to vote to re-elect her in the November election.

I have worked with Rep. Neron over the last two years, and she has been an incredible advocate for the citizens of Sherwood. She has attended City Council meetings and work sessions, and maintains a close working relationship with members of the City Council.

Rep. Neron has worked hard in her first term to secure funding for Oregon schools, as well as support legislation to address mental health issues for students. As a former teacher, Courtney understands the challenges that teachers and students face, and is the right person to lead us through these difficult times.

Rep. Neron is also a strong advocate for working families, passing legislation to address paid family and medical leave.

As we continue to face challenges due to COVID-19, we need solid leadership to represent us in Salem. Please join me in voting to re-elect state Rep. Courtney Neron this November.

Sean Garland

City Councilor, Sherwood

Bumper sticker slogan a disservice to people in need

It is election time again and I hear the "tax and spend" expression making its rounds.

These people, blind and proud, think taxes are wasted on the lazy and unproductive, yet favor tax reduction for business as though business is the core of wealth creation.

The truth is, labor, within business, is the core of wealth creation, not business itself. Higher pay, especially for the underpaid, is the core not only for wealth creation, but for tax revenue itself. With a wage that equals at least a modest cost of living, higher taxes are affordable.

"Tax and spend" is the mantra and love song of the elite and privileged in American culture. This song is repeated ad nauseum by Republicans and the "I did it my way" crowd. It is used by those who would starve out badly needed social programs that are designed to level the field for every person. These singers, unaware of their luck and privilege, assume themselves superior and by singing this song and electing their representatives, they hope to have more money in their pockets to spend on themselves. It is a heartless approach to government.

If we are to pursue greatness in our culture, it must be measured by how well we treat those less fortunate. Such are those born with genetic defects, whose jobs are continually being replaced by technology and who can't afford to educate themselves for higher-paying jobs, young mothers whose husbands have abandoned them, and the exceedingly high cost of higher education, thus favoring those whose parents can afford it.

Tax-supported programs exist to close these gaps. "Tax and spend" is an insulting denigration of those who are constrained by compassion for the less fortunate.

Max Greenwood, Sherwood

Festival organizers still active, collecting, planning

The Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association celebrated during the traditional festival weekend (third weekend in July) with an online castle building contest and a food drive to support local food pantries.

The Maid Marian Court and Boy Scout Troop #224 worked together, following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, to collect approximately 1,400 pounds of food and $80 cash donations that have been distributed to local food banks: Good Neighbor Family Pantry, Helping Hands, St. Francis Catholic Church and the Willowbrook Food Pantry. Thank you to the Sherwood community for your generosity to help others!

Community members are invited to join our monthly SRHFA meetings (temporarily being held via Zoom calls). Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a link to join the next monthly meeting. We are optimistically planning for the annual Holiday Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.

Shauna O'Neil

Publicity Chair, Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association

Neron a champion for climate

As a grandparent and environmental advocate, I have a responsibility to watch out for my children and grandkids. When we heard about the spraying of harmful pesticides in Wilsonville Parks, it was beyond terrifying. Thankfully, someone in our community stepped up and demanded action: state Rep. Courtney Neron.

Today, Rep. Neron is standing up for our safety by fighting in Salem for stronger environmental protections. She voted to ban fracking and offshore drilling safeguarding vital resources, supported oil-by-rail safety legislation, and stood up to the federal government with Oregon's Environmental Protection Act when Trump's administration tried to roll back policies Oregonians value. She will continue to fight for climate action that includes job training and accountability, stronger standards on toxins with negative health impacts, clean transportation infrastructure and safe drinking water solutions.

These issues are impacting all Oregonians, now. We do not get do-overs when it comes to the air we breathe and the clean water we need to survive. The time for the transition to a clean energy economy in Oregon is here, and Courtney is an important voice in getting us there.

Support a healthy future for all Oregonians and re-elect Courtney Neron Nov. 3.

Bernie Sims, Sherwood

Stevens the fiscally responsible choice for House

"Tax us more" is what a vote for Courtney Neron this election season represents.

The "tax us more" mantra is why our family has thrown our wholehearted support behind Peggy Stevens. Peggy's affable, easily approachable demeanor combined with her fiscal savviness and commitment to represent her constituents offers our district a beacon of hope.

As a 25-year resident of Wilsonville, small business owner, and ardent supporter of our local public schools and extracurricular programs (my husband being Wilsonville's boy's basketball coach the past twenty years) our family, like many, continues to feel the effects of COVID-19 lockdown.

In a time where many small businesses are on life-support or have been forced to close, we do not need a rubber-stamp politician whose only commitment is voting "lock-step" with Gov. Kate Brown, 100% of the time, as Neron's voting record proves. This includes Neron's vote to overturn the will of the people by voting for the hidden sales tax House Bill 3427 after Oregonians said no to the sales tax Measure 97.

In this time of economic freefall in Oregon, sadly we have seen decades-old businesses permanently close. The last thing we need is a representative that burdens those already under ash (both figuratively and literally) with even more taxes.

Peggy Stevens recognizes the importance of representing the interests of all the people in her district. I believe Peggy is the best champion for our district as someone that will be an independent voice, tackling tough issues while being fiscally responsible with our tax dollars. Unlike Neron, Peggy will never be a Gov. Kate Brown yes-person, lackey or sycophant.

It is time to return influence to the voters in our district. I urge voters in House District 26 to take a step in the right direction and vote Peggy Stevens.

Kristin Roche, Wilsonville

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