Letters, April 6
Do your job
To all the public servants I support with my vote and my taxes, I expect you to be informed about your constituents’ needs and wants. I expect you to do your job.
That is, show up for work and take care of business even when it’s a long drive and it’s difficult and unpleasant to hash it out with your co-workers, i.e., co-senators and representatives, just like any other job.
A big thank you to those of you who are making a difference with your presence and your work. We voters know who you are.
Get rid of the Greenway
In response to the letter to the editor April 2 titled “A smart man,” written by Joe Alonzo:
I couldn’t have said it better myself on what he wrote regarding the Greenway. I am a fifth-generation Oregonian born and raised in the Rogue Valley. The Greenway is nothing but an eyesore and a filthy mess. It needs to be torn out. As Joe Alonzo said, “It was a nice experiment, but it’s a failure due to lack of enforcement.”
I agree — Get rid of the Greenway!!
The Oregon State Senate just passed the HOPE Amendment, SJR 12. The simple wording of the future (2022) ballot measure reads:
“SECTION 47. (1) It is the obligation of the state to ensure that every resident of Oregon has access to cost-effective, clinically appropriate and affordable health care as a fundamental right.
(2) The obligation of the state described in subsection (1) of this section must be balanced against the public interest in funding public schools and other essential public services, and any remedy arising from an action brought against the state to enforce the provisions of this section may not interfere with the balance described in this subsection.”
I think voters will think this through and vote overwhelmingly for it. Of course, there will be big-time opposition from insurance companies and other health care for-profit interests. I believe most providers and hospitals will support it too because they want what’s best for all their patients.
HOPE stands for Healthcare Options Provided Efficiently and it still needs to pass the Oregon State House. Support HOPE.