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Readers write in to voice their opinion on school resource officers, use of force in minor offenses

Why are police officers needed at school?

Regarding school resource officers and their negative social media post need to be fully vetted before hiring them.

I never understood why police officers were placed in public schools.

Jail/Prison mentality should never be a learned experience.

My experienced as a student was fear of vice principals who demanded respect for themselves, other students, myself and the teachers who taught me.

Schools were institutions of learning by teachers who made it their goal to see that I passed their classes or my parents were called in to find out what kept me from fore filling my responsibility as a student.

Had they had police officers in school back then, I would have ditched school to avoid the negative experiences I had with police officers who were determined to implicate me as a gang member only because I was Mexican American. We kids, black and brown always avoided those in authority whose one goal was to impose their will on our heritage because it didn't match theirs.

Today, authoritarianism seems to be the problem especially among those who refused to be part of today's society. They make themselves everyone's keeper. Don't get me started on privacy...

Arnold Ponce,


Death penalty is not warranted for minor offenses

What is an officer of the law to do?

Case #1: A man sells single cigarettes on a public sidewalk. Should he not issue a citation to appear in court? Case #2: A man fails to stop his car at a stop sign. Should he not issue a citation to appear in court?

Case #3: A man falls asleep in his auto in a drive through at a fast food diner. If a sobriety test is deemed warranted, and the sleeper fails the test, should he not issue a citation to appear in court?

In the grand scheme of life, these three scenarios appear rather minor. But in the real world of how our officers of the law handle things, Case #1 and Case #3 result in the death of the violators. Case #2 the violator drives away.

I am confident most will agree the death penalty is not warranted or desired in any of these cases.

Fellow citizens, I implore you to express what you know to be just and ask that our laws and procedures be modified to provide justice!

Donovan E. Stair,


Wake up for DREAMers

It's time to secure a path to citizenship for our immigrants who arrived as children. Having spent, on average, 20 years in the United States after arriving around age six, this country is the only home most of them know. Our DREAMers (recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) continue after high school to work and study here as a vital part of our nation's economy. They serve nationwide as frontline caregivers as we face COVID-19, and hundreds serve in our military.

Here in Oregon, 10,000 DACA recipients support our communities while wondering if they will face deportation to a foreign country. Re-entering legally could literally take a lifetime for our neighbors if they hail originally from Mexico, as a majority of Oregon's immigrants do.

I appreciate the work done on behalf of the country's 700,000 DREAMers, among our other immigrants, by Senator Merkley and Representative Bonamici. This issue lost the traction it had in winter 2020 when COVID hit us. As it awaits a decision this month from the Supreme Court, it is time for The American Promise and Dream Act, a bipartisan bill, to see the light of day. Learn more at

Elissa Hammond,


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