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Sloop is right choice for HD 37; Article omitted important details on women's vote

Sloop is right choice for HD 37

"…for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity

is like a man standing in a bucket

and trying to lift himself by the handle."

- Winston Churchill

Kelly Sloop will not step into the immense bucket created by our Legislators. She doesn't like taxes! A common sense, straight-forward approach to address issues whether retirement, health and welfare, education, infrastructure, our District and our future depend on fixing the causes on the issues we face. Throwing-up toll-gates on 205, or throwing more money at schools or anywhere else does nothing more than fill the bucket, it fails to lift us to prosperity and/or success.

Prioritizing ESSENTIAL government services, while getting families back on their feet, and giving tax payers a well-deserved break is a start, emptying the bucket in Salem is her quest.

Mindful of the many "Covid" issues surrounding us, other referenda also merit our deliberation. Please consider Kelly when you vote!

Elaine O'Toole

West Linn

Article omitted important details on women's vote

The July 8 edition's article "Women's Vote: Centennial" missed an opportunity to explore the fact that the women's suffrage movement of the 1920s did not grant the right to vote to all women, but only to white women.

Given the current focus in the U.S. right now on the systemic racism that our nation depends on and perpetuates, it is tone deaf to overlook the history of people of color in advocating for voters' rights and how thoroughly women of color were excluded from the rights guaranteed by the 19th amendment.

The early progressive suffrage movements included women of color as leaders, and only narrowed their focus to white women when white members of the movement saw that to gain the support of the white men who held most of the power, they needed to exclude women of color.

The reward for this betrayal was a 19th Amendment — "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex" — that still allowed voting rights to be denied based on skin color.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 addressed this exclusion, but voter suppression continues to target communities of color to this day.

It's not clear whether the West Linn Historical Society included in its display people of color who were leaders in the women's suffrage movement — Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Frederick Douglass, Susette LaFlesche Tibbles and others — but Pamplin Media chose not to mention them and in doing so, continued the white tradition of denying the important roles of people of color in American history and upheld a fictional narrative about the women's suffrage movement that white America has been listening to for too long.

Lisa and Sela Miller

Lake Oswego


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