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The Times' readers are thinking ahead to the November election in this week's mailbag.

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Measure 114 would reduce gun violence

Scared and feeling hopeless by the continuation of gun violence? There's finally something Oregon voters can do to change this.

Measure 114, the Reduction of Gun Violence Act, limits the sale and possession of magazines capable of firing more than 10 bullets without needing to reload. When high-capacity magazines are used in mass shootings, nearly five times as many people are shot. California and Washington already prohibit them.

Sadly, my niece still feels the ramifications of surviving the 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival (shooting), where her friend was one of 60 killed by an AR-15. She was shot in the back and was so badly injured there was no chance to save her.

Measure 114 also requires a criminal background check and safety training to ensure the owner knows how to handle, load, shoot and store a gun responsibly. These common-sense actions will help enforce our laws regarding who can possess guns and will also help solve gun crimes.

I'm a proud member of Oregon's Chapter of Moms Demand Action. We have endorsed Measure 114. Our slogan is Honor with Action.

You, too, can take action — join thousands of Oregon Moms Demand Action volunteers and vote "yes" for Measure 114.

Teri Mills, Tualatin

Fields best bet for Oregon Legislature

Please join me in voting for Jason Fields for state legislator this November. Jason is a husband and father and lifelong Oregonian. Jason is a small business owner who has built his business from the beginning. Has been supporting himself since age 16. Jason is against toll roads, additional taxes for our already burdened citizens. Jason is challenging Courtney Neron, who voted to put tampons in boys' bathrooms in all our schools; voted for the Corporate Activity Tax, which put McCann's and Bi-Mart pharmacies out of business; and now is supporting toll roads for all Oregonians. Neron voted for high-density housing, giving the state control rather than local control for communities such as in development of Orland Street.

Jason Fields believes you can spend your hard-earned dollars more wisely than Salem. Jason believes parents should have a voice in their kids education. Neron is backed by the unions and supports toll roads.

Peggy Stevens, Sherwood

Can't beat Neron's record on environment

Please join me in supporting the reelection of our state representative, Courtney Neron, who has shown her commitment to protecting Oregon's vast natural beauty and resources for future generations.

She is on record supporting the oil by rail safety legislation and stood up to the federal government with Oregon's Environmental Protection Act when the former Trump administration tried to roll back policies Oregonians value.

In the last session, she assisted with passing bills to invest $100 million in climate adaptation and response in order to tackle drought and extreme weather and meet our infrastructure needs.

After three years of negotiations, she assisted the Legislature to pass the thoroughly deliberated Senate Bill 1546 to make the Elliott State Forest the first state-owned research forest, to be used for testing forest practices and meeting both environmental and economic objectives.

With decarbonization in mind, she helped set up a task force to study resilient and energy efficient building codes.

Courtney will continue to fight for:

• Climate action that includes job training and accountability.

• Stronger standards on toxins with negative health impacts.

• Clean transportation infrastructure.

• Safe drinking water solutions.

She is endorsed by Oregon League of Conservation Voters.

Wendy Wells, Sherwood


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