Letters to the Editors



Letter to the Editor: Change political climate

To the Editor: The present political climate in these United States is not healthy for our republic. An essential component of a functioning democracy is political engagement — face to face discourse between citizens on issues of substance. But political engagement in our time has devolved into ideological jousting via social media, which serves only to harden the false divisions in a dysfunctional downward spiral.

October 30, 2018 2:26 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Tax burden too great

On top of already paying some of the highest if not the highest property taxes in the state (WHY?) now we are going to be asked to add to them at a rate of $2.99 per thousand which will add at least for me another $600.00 plus dollars a year on said taxes. Are all the people not just homeowners but also renters whose already high rents will go up after their landlords pass the tax expense on to them going think we need to give the schools 235 million dollars to play with?

October 26, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Jamie represents values

To the editor: I’m voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for U.S. Congress because she represents the values of residents in this congressional district. Jamie is for integrity, hard work, and doing what is right.

October 26, 2018 2:30 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: No tax dollars for abortions

To the editor: Regarding Measure 106, I have been paying taxes for years for free unlimited contraception and I am tired of decades of people not accepting responsibility for their own actions and am against any of my taxes paying for abortions.

October 26, 2018 2:29 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Restore checks and balances

To the editor: For both better and worse, the United States has a major global influence. “Brazil’s Sad Choice,” an editorial of the New York Times (Oct. 21), offers a dramatic example: On Oct. 28, Brazil will likely elect a president who deliberately models himself after ours. The consequences will be major, for Brazil and the planet.

October 26, 2018 2:29 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Democrats are struggling

To the editor: If you vote Democratic in the mid-terms you will be voting for eight more years of Obama. Obama believes he is still president and is actively driving his socialist policies. Trump has had two successful years of developing a flush economy, a wonderful employment increase and trade policies that benefit America.

October 26, 2018 2:28 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Walden leads on opioid crisis

To the editor: I’d like to commend Congressman Greg Walden for his comprehensive work on the opioid crisis that is gripping our community in Oregon. Walden’s bill, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, is the most significant bill to address a single drug crisis in history.

October 26, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Brown for environment

To the editor: The Trump administration is continuing its wholesale destruction of environmental protections and its assault on our public lands. It couldn’t be a more important time to have a solid environmental champion as our governor. Gov. Kate Brown has worked hard for a healthy environment.

October 26, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: You need to vote

To the editor: Travel south through Madras, on the right side, about halfway through town is a memorial for Private First-Class Thomas Tucker. Thomas was 25 when Iraqi resistance forces tortured to death he and a fellow soldier.

October 26, 2018 2:26 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Stick with Walden

To the editor: I am writing in support of Greg Walden for Oregon’s Second Congressional District. He has an impressive record of “working across the aisle” and for initiating common sense solutions to issues like the opioid epidemic, forest management and tax relief. He has been an effective representative for many years.

October 26, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Check voter guide

To the editor: An open letter to all Sherman County voters: Please read page 35 of your voters pamphlet. This information should convince voters who has the qualifications to do the best job as our next Sherman County Judge.

October 26, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Vote for our future

To the editor: I support the new school bond to replace four schools. The new schools are the students’ new homes. Some students look at the schools as their only home because of where they came from or live in now.

October 26, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Greg is poor value

To the editor: I am saddened to conclude that Greg Walden has become a very poor value for the salary we pay him. He gets more money from health insurance companies, from drug manufacturers, from pharmaceutical companies and from medical device makers than any other House member. He has been corrupted by large corporate donations.

October 26, 2018 2:23 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Health depends on Jamie

To the editor: I’m voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for U.S. Congress because Medicare, health care and honesty are important to me. Jamie is unequivocal in her support of Medicare and access to affordable health care for everyone. Her opponent and his party are now trying to fool us into thinking that, after years of trying to slash Medicare, abolish the Affordable Care Act, and end protections for pre-existing conditions, that they are champions of health care protections. Not true.

October 26, 2018 2:23 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Vote yes for children

To the editor: Measure 33-98 has been developed with a rigorous process involving residents, bond and development experts, and the school board. I’m convinced that this measured process has produced the best possible solution to a big problem affecting our whole community. We are in fact getting four schools for an estimated $2.99 per $1,000 in assessed property values; compare that to the $2.12 per $1,000 that was levied for the one middle school.

October 26, 2018 2:22 p.m. read more..

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