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Letters, April 21

The rest of the picture

Your weekend coverage of current campaign finance reform bills had me saying that “we will squander (people’s) trust if we pass a bill that favors unions.” That’s part of the picture. But it’s at least as important to keep campaign finance reform from favoring big corporate interests that have had so much power in Salem.

People who talk to me about money in politics overwhelmingly want a system that’s not skewed to unions or corporations, and that hands an advantage to neither major party. And they want to be sure that campaign donations from whatever person or group aren’t large enough to nudge lawmakers toward casting votes for the benefit of powerful lobbyists rather than Oregonians across the board.

That’s what I want, too. That’s what I’ll continue to fight for. That, more than anything, is why I ran for the Legislature in the first place.

Sen. Jeff Golden


Dyson for Ashland School Board

I am pleased to see so many qualified candidates running for the open positions on the Ashland School Board. Out of all the candidates, Rebecca Dyson, running for Position 4, caught my attention.

I came to know Rebecca through her work on the board of Ashland High Arts Advocates, where she works to support students and teachers in the fine and performing arts. Until I read the voter pamphlet, I didn’t realize that Rebecca was also an accomplished medical doctor and youth soccer team manager.

I’m so happy that she has thrown her hat in the ring for school board where she will be a tireless supporter of all students and teachers as we navigate the pandemic and seek the best education for all our kids. There’s a doctor in the house! Please vote for Rebecca Dyson.

Larry Cooper