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The Woodburn Independent's readers weigh in on the issues of the day and other matters

We need the 'A' team on board in 2021

To the editor

As we prepare for the upcoming election, we need to carefully re-evaluate our elected politicians' character and effectiveness. COVID-19 and the wildfires have raised the standard that our elected representatives have to perform to. Oregon has not faced disasters like this before. The economic and social impacts awaiting us are massive. Addressing them will be painful.

If we are to successfully overcome these problems, we need to have the best and most effective people who can work together. That means we have to critically examine our elected officials to determine if they are up to the tasks. Being a member of one party or another cannot be a criteria. Party line votes drag in the worst with the best. We only need the best.

Here are a few basic criteria you might use: 1) Does the individual have a track record of bringing positive solutions to the table? 2) Have they demonstrated an ability to work in a team and between teams to address problems positively? 3) What does their voting record demonstrate about gaining consensus and solving problems? 4) How much of their time is spent getting re-elected versus getting things done? 5) Have they actually accomplished anything beyond saying they represent your views? 6) Do they ever accept responsibility for their actions?

Look at tangible efforts the candidate or incumbent has done to address these disasters to date. We need to have an "A" team on board in 2021, even if we have to look elsewhere to find it.

Hunter Wylie

St. Paul

Re-elect Bill Post to the Legislature

To the editor:

The 2020 election is more important than ever; with the issues Oregon is facing we need elected officials like Bill Post to protect our interests.

COVID-19 has demonstrated how our state government can make decisions that have real consequences — closure of businesses, children denied educational and social options, tourist attractions bankrupted and a state system that is broken. Oregon is currently known across the country for the violence and destruction that continues in Portland.

The recent horrific wildfires showed much of what is good about Oregon: volunteers saving animals, fighting fires, operating evacuation centers and generally helping each other. Many of the evacuation centers were at county fairgrounds and other event venues that have been pushed to the brink of financial ruin with the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Bill Post supports our farmers, ranchers, firefighters and law enforcement. He is responsive and concerned about what is happening in his district. In St. Paul we have seen him take action on water and traffic issues and show support for agriculture and the St. Paul Rodeo. Oregon needs Bill Post!

Cindy Schonholtz , Woodburn

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