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Letters to the Editor, April 4

White House threatens care

I received an email from Compassion & Choice, an organization that deserves your support. The serious matter of end-of-life care is in jeopardy.

A White House plan to create a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the federal Department of Health and Human Services is being planned.

This is unfair and favors opponents as well as provoking doctors, nurses and other health care providers who refuse to honor any patient-care options they object to. That includes medical aid in dying (even when authorized by states) and voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, for which some patients want physician or hospice support.

E-mail Compassion&Choice.com/fight to arrange a contribution to them.

M. Williams


Stand against pipeline

In a recent letter, Sen. Ron Wyden’s press secretary stated, with regard to the Pacific Connector Pipeline/Jordan Cove LNG project, the senator will “not put his thumb on the scale” but will make sure “this decision is determined on the merits, not political influence.”

Decision “on the merits” is unlikely. The Trump administration has cited the project among its highest energy priorities and appointed four of five FERC members who will decide its fate at the federal level.

I appreciate what Wyden has done to protect Oregon’s natural resources, the threatened Cascade-Siskiyou Monument expansion being a prime example. Perhaps “putting his thumb on the scale” and voting “nay” instead of “present” for confirmation of Interior Secretary Zinke, who advocates shrinking the monument, would’ve been advisable.

His website states “ ‘No’ ” on Keystone XL pipeline, Ron stands up for Oregonians.” I would like to know his reasoning in opposing Keystone “for Oregonians” while refusing to take a stance on a project with similarities in Oregon.

Wyden should review the specifics of the Pacific Connector/Jordan Cove project, listen to his constituents, take a stance, represent us.

Allen Crutcher