As the coronavirus has consumed our lives, attention has been drawn away from other important events and developments. One of those was the proceedings and conclusion of the last legislative session in Salem.
In the March 18 edition of the Sandy Post, our representative, Sen. Chuck Thomsen, provided a Citizen's View column on the Opinion Page.
Our nation has been in the midst of deep political divide. Its citizens have been subjected to partisan politics from both parties. This includes name calling, reductionist labeling and blaming.
What is needed now, more than anything, is not more partisan politics, but leaders who are able to model decorum and respective political debate. We don't need leaders who contribute to the divide, or point fingers at others who are divisive in order to distract from their own contribution.
Rep. Thomsen's letter was a contribution to the divide, not the modeling so badly needed. In attempting to state his defense for leaving the session, he pointed fingers at others, and gave negative labels and names, such as "special interest groups from Portland."
Politicians sometimes enjoy being in the majority, and sometimes are called to endure being the minority. When placed in the minority we count on them to navigate it with grace, utilizing diplomacy, negotiation and compromise.
Not leave the session.
Thomsen and others left the session, and failed to fulfill their responsibility in being elected. Many other bills (affecting public safety, health, early childhood education, pharmaceutical access, housing, child welfare and the list goes on and on) died because no business could be done.
In the jobs that all of us, who elected him have, we would be fired for such behavior, and for such blaming excuses.
So should he.
Hollis Maclean Wenzel
EDITOR'S NOTE: MacLean Wenzel is a licensed marriage and family counselor. She has been involved in serving the community as the former executive director of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, sitting on the Main Street Committee and the Sandy Area Transit Committee and is currently a commissioner on the city of Sandy Planning Commission.
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