I'd like to thank the voters of this community for your support in electing me to represent you in the U.S. House of Representatives. I am humbled by your confidence in me and grateful for your trust. It's time to put the campaigns behind us. Regardless of your political persuasion, we must all come together to get America back on track.
I pledge to work as hard as I can to solve our problems here at home and across the nation. I will work hard every day to get results for the people. I take this responsibility as your representative very seriously, and I will do my part to reach common ground to solve our nation's challenges and get Oregon working again. — Greg Walden, Hood River
As an unaffiliated voter who voted a split ticket this election, I am almost sorry that the Oregon Legislature now has the same party in the majority in both houses.
Oregon legislators of both parties are to be congratulated for the way in which they worked together when the houses were evenly divided. This is what most of us want to see and this is what we most admire — the ability to work together to get the job done. This is in stark contrast to the behavior of legislatures on the national level.
I particularly want to thank our local state representatives, Republican Dennis Richardson and Democrat Peter Buckley, who worked closely with Richard Devlin as the tri-chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee. I acknowledge all three for their outstanding work and for demonstrating what can be.
Going forward, I hope that Democrats will remember this bipartisan effort and take Richardson up on his offer to continue his role in the next biennial budget process. My primary consideration in voting these days is whether the candidate has demonstrated that he or she can work across the aisle. When this happens, we all benefit. — Mary N. Miller, Medford
I wonder if Karl Rove gave his billionaire donors a money-back guarantee? His antics election night should be a wake-up call for folks who think that Fox "News" is unbiased.
I didn't watch it, but I caught the replay on The Daily Show. — Guy Parker, Prospect
People are concerned that the Bush tax cuts ending will hurt the economy. Can anyone explain how they ever helped? — Laurence Ware, Medford
Some time ago, I watched a movie entitled "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," a tragic fiction depicting the oppression of the Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II, oppression made possible by the concentration of military power into the hands of a few brutal men.
How blessed we are in America to live under a Constitution, a Bill of Rights, a representative government and a system of separated powers. May we all strive to live our lives worthy of the blessing! — Rick Fernandez, Medford
Cheers to the Medford First Church of the Nazarene for their amazing gift to the community through their Oct. 27 "Trunk or Treat" event. Even though we don't attend this church, our kids and children from the entire Rogue Valley were able to have an incredibly fun time with their families in the midst of kind and caring people, cleverly decorated trunks and lots of candy!
There aren't many places where you can take your kids for a free hot dog dinner, free cotton candy and popcorn and even free snow cones. In these hard times, what a blessing to the community your generous gift was! Thank you! — Jim and Julie Scull, Medford