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Letters, July 28

Balance the power

In November, we will have a chance to vote for change in Oregon. We need to balance the power in Salem and remove the supermajority. Randy Sparacino will tip that balance and provide leadership to help represent all Oregonians.

As to governor, we will have the opportunity to elect an Independent, Betsy Johnson, to lead our state. I have worked with Betsy, and she brings leadership that will be reminiscent of Tom McCall, who did so much for Oregon.

If Oregon can elect an Independent for governor, it will rock the establishment in the nation, and we should all concur that politics need that. So please join me in support of these two candidates. Questions or discussion call me at 541-944-1600.

Alan DeBoer (former state senator and mayor)


Local GOP spreads Big Lie

On July 8, the Jackson County Republican Party Executive Committee passed a resolution rejecting the results of the 2020 election and declaring Joe Biden an illegitimate president. They claim the movie “2000 Mules” “irrefutably proves election fraud,” all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

The film is a so-called documentary by Dinesh D’Souza, a convicted felon pardoned by President Trump who lies almost as compulsively as Trump does. He’s notorious for mocking student survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, but the JCRP takes his word about election fraud over that of the courts, election officials, legislatures, the Electoral College and the media. They believe what they want, regardless of the facts.

I’m surprised their announcement didn’t receive any immediate press, considering the Big Lie’s prevalence and pernicious effect on our democracy.

We all know that both parties have voters who are uninformed and/or crazy. The problem for Republicans is that’s their base. Jackson County Republicans have now joined the Texas and Idaho GOP in officially denying reality and promoting the Big Lie because without the whackos who swallow such nonsense, they wouldn’t have a party.

Michael Steely