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Letter to the Editor: Kids deserve better

To the editor:

In my book, children are our future. But in Oregon, as in the rest of the country, they are getting the short end of the stick. Our society will be greatly diminished and less able to compete as a result.

Congressman Greg Walden’s lack of understanding of this fundamental value is clear in his voting record. He voted to drastically cut both the free school lunch program and SNAP, which helps more than 20 percent of families in our the Second Congressional District put food on their tables.

Even worse is his record on health care. With one exception, he has voted against funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), jeopardizing healthcare for 8.9 million children, including 120,000 in Oregon.

Walden held CHIP and Community Health Center funding hostage last year, trying to bargain for other cuts to healthcare. Even for children, when funding is interrupted, so is medical care.

What is Walden doing about our children’s education? Education isn’t even listed as a priority issue on his website.

And what about the separation of immigrant children from their families and putting kids in cages? Instead of taking a stand against this outrage, Walden incomprehensibly blamed Trump’s appalling decisions on President Obama. And Walden’s committee in charge of reuniting these children with their families has now missed the court-ordered deadline to do so.

Rep. Walden has become the consummate Washington, D.C., insider, ignoring the level of attention and support our children need while he attends to his corporate sponsors.

Again, our children are our future; we need leadership that will be on their side in Congress. This November, I’ll be voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner. Our kids deserve a lot better than they’re getting.

Daniel Fritz



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