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Letters to the Editor, April 21

Golden for State Senate

Jeff Golden understands the need for progressive, pragmatic state leadership, especially in these times of chaos in Washington. When it comes to pushing for universal health care, responsibly addressing climate change or creating programs that lessen economic injustice, Jeff could become a powerful, effective voice in Salem.

Rejecting any donations and obligations from any and all political action committees, Jeff refuses to play the money-politics game. He is the people’s candidate, and he deserves the support of all citizens who share his common-sense ideals for a more just, humane, and sustainable future.

We live in a time of intense cynicism, as the stench of our national leadership tempts us to condemn the whole world of government. In contrast, Jeff Golden reminds us of the kind of leaders we most sorely need. His experience, vision, and passion would make him a state senator offering immense possibilities for a better future.

Ron Hertz


King Solomon

King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines (I Kings 11:3). If the king was living today in America he would be in a heap of trouble.

King Solomon completed the building of the temple in Jerusalem despite all the wives and concubines. Nowadays, just suspicion cast on a church-attending, married family man, questions his ability for public service.

The TV babbling women on the talk shows need to grow-up and realize that if a lady has any looks or personality at all there will be numerous chances from married men offered for which to cheat on their wives. The men don’t care for them and they’ll be spending every holiday alone.

The men in public service who have cheated aren’t wanting to hear some woman sniffling over a bad decision she made and wonder if she’s bragging or complaining. So sorry for you, but wonder if your lesson is learned.

Marie Rodriquez

Eagle Point

Getting the $ out

How do we get big money out of politics? Vote.

For years now diverse polls have confirmed that the majority of Americans support campaign finance reform. How many polls have you seen showing the progress we’re making in that direction?

Because of the money in politics, our elected officials do not truly represent us anymore. We in Oregon State Senate District 3 can act to change that by voting for Jeff Golden in the May 15 primary. Golden is not taking special-interest money.

As a woman I’m voting for the best-qualified person to act on the issues I feel are most important to Oregonians — economic fairness, social justice, climate change, health care and education. That person at this time is Jeff Golden. We can write a different story about the influence of special-interest money with our votes.

Pat Gordon


Thanks to Walden

Last month, my daughter joined over 180 type 1 diabetes (T1D) advocates in Washington, D.C. ,to thank Congress for the renewal of the Special Diabetes Program, which has funded T1D prevention, treatment and cure research for over two decades.

Thanks to Congressman Greg Walden for his support of the SDP. The National Institutes of Health received $300 million for two years to continue critical research.

Since the SDP renewal in February, the NIH released 17 research solicitations for this fiscal year. Thanks to Walden’s support, my grandchildren, who also have T1D, and I lead near normal lives while facing the daily effects of T1D because we use SDP-funded technology.

Speaking to Walden and his staff was an empowering experience for my daughter — she left D.C. feeling reaffirmed that we can count on Congress to help us in the fight to cure T1D. Thank you, Congressman, for leading the fight!

Steve Kreisman


Jacksonville dog park

I am concerned about the proposed dog park in Jacksonville. This will not be a good fit for the neighborhood.

Increased traffic will be a problem. The streets are narrow. There is a lot of traffic from the church several days a week now. More people from the surrounding areas will be bringing their dogs to the dog park.

There will be more dogs running loose because folks think they can control their dogs better than they can. All the barking dogs! Will this enhance the neighborhood in a positive way? I don’t think so.

I would encourage the city planner to reconsider his approval for this site. The dog park is really a bad idea for such a nice neighborhood!

Mardra Hord


Appalling silence

Paul Ryan just announced that he will not seek re-election, joining 42 other House Republicans in choosing to remain silent in the face of what they know is wrong.

Their party, their country, has been taken over by a dangerous demagogue. They spoke out during the primaries. Then they got on board. They could have shown integrity. They have chosen to run and hide.

During the Civil Rights era, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

It’s a different era, a different crisis, but the quote is pertinent. The “appalling silence of the good people” is now deafening.

Greg Walden, I see three options for you: 1) Speak up, 2) run and hide or 3) continue with your appalling silence. History awaits.

Mike Curtis

Central Point

Joe Davis for judge

I am proudly voting for Joe Davis for Circuit Court judge.

I met Joe and his family two years ago, and since that time, I have been continually impressed by Joe’s intelligence, thoughtfulness and dedication to the community. Joe works tirelessly to improve the lives of our residents, both through his legal work and his volunteer efforts. His years of experience and broad legal background make him uniquely qualified to address the challenges facing our community and to understand the needs of local families and businesses.

I have no doubt that Joe will make an exceptional judge and that he will serve our community with fairness and integrity. Please join me in voting for Joe Davis.

Christina Hayes


Support firearm rights

After every mass shooting, antigun people want new laws and gun confiscation. Honest, responsible gun owners have to fight to keep their Second Amendment rights from being taken away.

Try putting the responsibility on the shooters, gun-free zones, lack of proper school security and red-flag warnings that are ignored about the shooter.

Measure 43 in Oregon is for gun confiscation, gun registration and your right for self-defense.

Oregon Constitution: “The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state, but the military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.”

The Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms, and the Supreme Court has ruled that the right belongs to individuals.

In Friedman vs. City of Highland Park (2015), Justice Scalia joined a dissent stating the decision by millions of Americans to own AR-15 style rifles for lawful purposes “is all that is needed for citizens to have a right under the Second Amendment to keep such weapons.”

Nowhere in either constitution does it say an AR-15 and a high -apacity magazine cannot be used for self-defense.

Protect your Second Amendment right and vote, vote, vote.

Brett Holcomb


Letters to the Editor, April 21