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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 20

Trump works for us

The letter, "Let's grow up" Oct. 18 purported to fair-mindedly chastise both political sides, but its message was to once again trash President Trump.

President Trump continues working every day for the American people: a new Supreme Court justice sworn in, dozens of job-killing regulations shut down, over a million new jobs created, illegal immigration down 78 percent, pushing for more charter schools in inner cities so that children of low-income families have a better education, and notifying our allies and adversaries alike that America the Strong is back.

Our president remains in my daily prayers of thanksgiving and I continue to pray that the holy spirit will heal the hearts of the radical left and give a loud voice to the moderate liberals for fairness and an end to the violence and hatred expressed against our traditional and revered American values. MAGA!

Ramona Templin


Read the Constitution

Obviously, President Trump has not read past "We The People" in the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment gives every person the right to free speech. What one person says or does is their right. The other person, including the president, may disagree but may not infringe on the other person's free-speech rights.

I respect our flag by standing during the anthem. I will not infringe on a person's right to kneel, however. Trump would object strenuously if someone tried to stop his Twitter messages because they found them offensive. Mr. Trump, leave the NFL players alone. NFL owners as well. They have the right.

Bob Williamson


Such a deal

Feeling frustrated? I have a deal for you.

Oregon is phasing out coal-fired electricity by 2030, has passed a law to become coal-free with utilities supplying 50 percent of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2040. Not sufficient, right?

But here comes the February 2018 legislative short session when Oregon can push us even further in our goal towards reducing the state’s climate pollution by passing the Clean Energy Jobs Bill.

This bill imposes a cap on climate pollution including but not limited to carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and various fluorocarbons resulting from in-state activities (industry, agriculture, transportation, electricity) and electricity generated elsewhere. So, here’s the deal — and it’s important: Support this bill.

It will help economically distressed areas such as rural Southern Oregon with funds for diversification, job training and mental health services. Who isn’t on board? Sen. Alan DeBoer! We should be able to depend on our senator. Didn’t he campaign on a promise to support his constituents?

“The deal” — to alleviate your frustration, call the senator or send an email and urge him to support efforts to reduce Oregon’s climate pollution, if for no other reason than protecting the future for his children and grandchildren.

Louise Shawkat


Letters to the Editor, Oct. 20