Letters, Jan. 19
I am 74 years old with several underlying conditions. I am fully vaccinated and boosted.
Recently I had an interaction with a person with whom I expected to do business. She came to my home to complete some paperwork. She had a mask in her hand at my front door and asked if I wanted her to wear it. I said that wouldn’t be necessary and she came in. She was there for about one hour.
A few days later she contracted COVID-19. I also discovered that she was not vaccinated, which she had failed to mention. I was angry and I felt betrayed, as we were to have a continuing relationship.
She easily could have shared her status at my front door. She self-quarantined but still never told me about her COVID or her lack of vaccination.
I have never seen any dialogue about how to treat this difference of status. In my opinion, she should have disclosed her lack of vaccination at my door. Then my answer about her masking up would have been totally different. I could have offered informed consent. Instead, she lost my business and several thousand dollars in commissions. And I learned a valuable lesson.
Pass River Democracy Act
One of my wishes for the new year is passage of the River Democracy Act, which would designate over 4,000 miles of rivers and streams throughout Oregon as Wild and Scenic.
What will this legislation do? It will ensure that these rivers remain free-flowing and preserved for continued use and enjoyment for everyone. If you cherish clean water, the magnificent beauty of Oregon, fishing, hiking along, or floating down your favorite river or stream, this legislation is for you. Sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, the proposed rivers and streams in the bill were based on extensive consultation with stakeholders from around the state. Also, Oregonians were encouraged to submit nominations for rivers and streams that would benefit from Wild and Scenic designation. Over 15,000 nominations were submitted, so I know I am not alone in wishing for passage of the River Democracy Act.
Oregon businesses, outdoor lovers and communities throughout the state will benefit from this bill, and I want to thank Senators Wyden and Merkley for their leadership. I hope Congress follows their lead and passes this important bill in 2022.