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Letters, Feb. 8

Defeat the hate

Four weeks ago tonight, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was alive and well. This beloved son and brother served for 13 years as a servant of the people, in the U.S. military, the National Guard and United States Capitol. We do not know if Brian suspected that life-threatening dangers would confront him within hours, on Jan. 6, 2021.

The next day, Brian was attacked by a mob of hate-filled, American terrorists. They struck this devoted officer down. The rioters killed him in their mad, unthinkable assault.

Tonight, I am watching Brian’s remains, in a box, honored in the Capitol Rotunda, to recognize his brave sacrifice while defending the will of American voters and our precious democracy.

Brian Sicknick is an American hero we will not forget. In his family’s words, “He was truly a humble soul, and he loved his job.”

I am so deeply saddened by the pain and trauma inflicted on Brian’s family, his fellow officers and Americans who love and support democracy.

My hope is that we all take steps to defeat the hate that enraged this tragic, manipulated group of unpatriotic Americans.

Julie Norman


Wait your turn

As a retired senior citizen, I am personally appalled that so many seniors who had no affiliation with the COVID-19 vaccination categories 1A or 1B Group 1 raced out to the vaccine event held at the Expo in late January to get their shot.

It was well publicized that non-healthcare and education workers needed to wait until a later date. The seniors I know who received a vaccine that was intended to have gone to a worker could easily stay home and continue to be safe from COVID exposure.

I heard the classic excuse of, “well they didn’t tell me no,” implying that the screeners were fine with what was happening. I call BS! An adult should be able to follow directions and be mature and caring enough to wait their turn. The action of these people is nothing short of being selfish, dishonest and shows a total lack of integrity.

M.J. Harvie


For the people

Rep. Cliff Bentz must join the House in supporting HR1, the “For the People Act.”

A key feature of the act allows small-dollar contributions for citizen-funded elections. In 2013, the Oregon state Senate passed a joint memorial urging the U.S. Congress to propose a constitutional amendment to overturn the ill-advised 2010 Citizens United decision, which has given wealthy individuals and corporations a huge media presence to influence election outcomes. A recent PEW research center report shows that 77 percent of the public believes “there should be limits on the amount of money individuals and organizations” can spend on political campaigns. HR1 is a step in the right direction. Bentz should vote “Yes” for HR1 and support the rights of ordinary people to have a voice in a functioning democratic republic.

Andy Seles


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