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This week, readers weigh in on the importance of electric cars and House Bill 2699.

The critique on electric vehicles in My View by John A. Charles Jr. in your June 17 paper was a worthwhile read. I appreciated the information on the drawbacks and risks of driving electric vehicles.

Mr. Charles' conclusion to abandon the governor's EV mandate and stay instead with gasoline-powered vehicles is understandable, as the latter are far better known products. However, asking to raise the white flag on an EV mandate raises a big red flag, for it means we stay with business-as-usual and drive ourselves even more fully into climate danger.

Our timeframe for making significant changes to avoid the worst effects and impending irreversibility of climate change is very short. Responses on many levels are needed, including moving our transportation away from fossil fuels.

When the first boat capsized and people drowned, the answer obviously was not, "OK, that's it, let's stick to land." Nor did we revert to horse and buggy when the first internal combustion car burst into flames.

Let's move forward on getting to know EV products, continue to innovate for problems of safety and convenience, and be part of the myriad solutions to climate change so urgently needed.

Donna Maebori, Beaverton

Lawmakers don't care about babies

Our Democrat legislators, Sen. Robert Wagner and Rep. Rachel Prusak, just voted against even considering a requirement for medical professionals to give care to a baby who survived an abortion (House Bill 2699).

Making sure that unwanted babies don't survive is an ironic hallmark of a party that still claims to care for the downtrodden and innocent. But that was a label more appropriate to the 1930s than to the party of self-indulgence it is today.

They both got millions from the federal American Rescue Plan, which they intend to use on nature trails, low-cost housing, transit and domestic abuse programs. But what about the abuse of tiny infants dying on a cold medical tray? No amount of trendy virtue-signaling erases the fact they are willing to let helpless infants die that way.

Lyneil Vandermolen, Stafford


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