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Efforts on behalf of unemployed show Prusak truly cares for constituents; Tidings your bias is showing

Prusak truly cares for constituents

I became an RN over 23 years ago to help people in their most dire times. I knew that if an infection disease arose, I could be on the front lines. I thought I had prepared myself for all the eventualities but COVID-19 proved me wrong.

I never thought I would be unemployed during a global pandemic. But as the numbers of the sick and dying increased, I was furloughed. I spent countless hours trying to reach the Employment Department without receiving relief. My frustration turned to anger, so I reached out to my local elected officials.

Enter Representative Rachel Prusak, my state representative. She personally called me back, and she truly listened and helped. Her compassion and attention during this troubling time showed me that she cared about me and my needs.

I received my unemployment benefits and I have no doubt that it is due to Representative Prusak's and her staff's hard work. I have spoken to her office numerous times since then and I am impressed by their dedication.

I will be enthusiastically voting for her again and donating to her campaign. I hope you will join me in supporting this champion for our community.

Casey Cutler

West Linn

Tidings your bias is showing

Looking at the front page of the August 12 Tidings, it appeared as though only one candidate for mayor and only one candidate for Councilor were running for office in West Linn. Under the headline "Stepping Down Stepping Up," two candidates were prominently pictured alongside the mayor and new city manager. Bold graphics were employed to catch the reader's eye, where an arrow lifted up the two candidates into an encompassing mountain shape, presumably representing the City government.

Not until well into the article did the Tidings mention that there were a total of five candidates for the mayor and two councilor positions. Finally, near the end of the article that continued on page three, the Tidings gives the names of the other candidates, but not without further bringing forward the two front page candidates.

The candidate for mayor was quoted 94 words and the candidate for councilor was quoted 85 words about their respective campaign platforms. No other candidates were quoted. The Tidings wrote two sentences about one of the other candidates and wrote nothing more about the remaining two candidates.

The apparent bias of the Tidings has been an issue in past elections. Now with the season just begun and time still left for candidates to file, the Tidings is up to its shenanigans again. Have you had enough, West Linn?

Karie Oakes

West Linn

Editor's note: The Tidings learned of several new candidates, including Andrew Mallory for mayor, just before the print edition was sent to the press last week. Readers of this week's edition will see more information about Mallory, and all of the candidates will be heard from in the coming weeks as we continue to cover the upcoming election.

The Tidings is committed to being fair to all candidates. Anyone who decides to run for political office in an effort to serve our community deserves respect and fair treatment.


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