Voters decide president, not senators; Unfinished business in Salem — Letters to the Editor, Oct. 9, 2019

Voters decide president, not senators

I just received an email from Sen. Jeff Merkley about “his” thoughts regarding impeachment. The Senator regularly sends policy statements via email to registered constituents. I have noticed that I get his proclamations when the political noise starts to become a fever pitch.

I suspect these announcements happen after his office receives numerous contacts about a particular subject. They always are proclamation that “justify” his thinking on a subject, and tells you how he will “represent” me with his vote. Over the last couple of years, I have sent notes to my Senator, telling him I disagreed with one of his actions and wished that he would try to cross the political aisle and be a little less partisan.

I voted for Merkley the first time he ran for the Senate, and have attended his town hall meetings.

When Donald Trump announced that he was running for president, I could not believe what I was hearing. I thought Trump’s campaign would be like one of Pat Paulsen’s campaigns for President (Pat did receive a few protest votes).

Boy was I wrong. Throughout my life, I have worked with many people who I did not particularly agree with. Leadership is a matter of style; good leaders get things done. There are 100 ways to do something and 97 of them are right.  Trump has an abrasive and off putting style, but he does get things done.

After receiving Merkley’s latest proclamation, it is unlikely that I will ever vote from him, even for Dog Catcher.

And here’s why: Three years ago after Trump’s inauguration, I attended one of Merkley’s town hall meetings. Even then, he was suggesting impeachment. I wanted unprejudiced participation and real representation instead of biased rhetoric. Merkley’s latest note just made me realize that my Senate delegation — along with my current house representative — really are part of a swamp. They think they know more then their constituents. 

Sen. Merkley, let the voters decide who they want for president and you stick to getting good policies for Oregon.

—Rory Hammond

Dunes City

Unfinished business in Salem

As residents of Florence, we care about many issues that affect Oregonians. But there is one issue that is more important than anything else: The impending climate crisis.

That is why we will become climate voters in 2020 and will support candidates who are brave enough to take bold action to combat climate change. In particular, we want our state legislators to make amends for their failure to pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill earlier this year.

Climate change is the biggest crisis of our generation. The science shows that we only have 10 years left to protect our children’s future. For every year of inaction on climate change, it is estimated to cost Oregon families an extra $1,800 each year. We simply cannot afford that. Many other states across the country, like right next door in Washington, have already passed bold climate legislation. Oregon, a longtime environmental leader, is falling behind. We must regain that leadership.

Last session, our legislators had the opportunity to pass groundbreaking legislation that would have put Oregon on track to meet its carbon emissions goals, protect our children, save Oregon families money, and create tens of thousands of family-wage jobs across the state.

We’re writing to urge Sen. Arnie Roblan and Rep. Caddy McKeown to stand up for the majority of Oregonians who want them to pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill in the 2020 legislative session.

We are counting on them to do the right thing this time. The time is now.

—Mike and Pat Allen



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