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Letters to the Editor for Sept. 12

Thankful for CAT

Thank goodness to the drivers of the CAT bus and the women who pick up the phone, so you can call the bus to come and get you. They’re always there to pick up the phone. I use the CAT bus to have them pick me up to take me to Safeway when I don’t feel like walking there or if the weather’s bad or if I’m having a bad day or if I am not feeling well. I am glad the CAT bus is around when I call so I don’t have to worry about running out of food in my apartment.

Like I said, they’re a Godsend to me when you don’t have a car anymore.

Pam Smiley

Hood River

Ready to run?

According to the Aug. 30, 2015 issue of “The Huffington Post,” Americans whose fortunes exceed $1 billion and their families have contributed a total of $113.7 million in this year’s races for federal offices.

In poll after poll, Americans have clearly demonstrated their disdain for BIG MONEY having an overarching influence on politics. And this figure, I think we all would agree, represents BIG MONEY written large.

I think most Americans would agree that this is not a healthy situation.

Wouldn’t it be the height of naïveté to think that money of this magnitude would benefit the average citizen? Rather, it has been clearly documented that this largesse is extremely key in influencing federal legislation geared toward serving the needs and desires of the ultra-rich.

With this as a backdrop, in the summer of 2011, a group of four local Democrats set out to find a quality candidate for House District 52 whose campaign would be financed entirely by small donations from individuals living within the district; moreover it was stipulated that donations would not exceed $50. The idea was to counter the pernicious effect of BIG MONEY on politics.

Although the campaign fell slightly short, the idea has not died, not by any means, and we are giving it another go in the next cycle.

Can you help us out in this effort? The future of not only ourselves but our children and grandchildren lies in the balance. Great political accomplishments have always been made by ordinary people standing shoulder to shoulder working for a worthy cause. This is one of those times.

If you think you might be interested in running for State Representative yourself (and winning!), or might be inclined to help find and elect a quality candidate, we would love to hear from you.

Steve Winkler

Walt Trandum

Sandy

Support climate change policy

I want to thank my representative, Rob Nosse, for participating in the Oregon Climate Fall Kickoff last week.

Representative Nosse wrote a haiku to highlight the need to act on climate change. The event featured broad efforts of local environmental enthusiasts, from sixth graders who started the climate-based “Two Green Leaves” blog to six Oregon legislators who have supported progressive climate legislation. The Cap and Dividend bill proposal in Oregon is gaining momentum because of benefits to the environment and Oregonians alike. Higher carbon costs have historically reduced the use of carbon-based fuels, which is essential for stabilizing the global climate. By distributing carbon tax revenue, utility bills could be reduced for most Oregonians. Join us this fall to encourage legislators that the time to enact strong climate policy is now!

Jeffrey Davis

Portland

Think about it

Some are loudly criticizing the lady clerk, some are in agreement. I will do neither.

The Christian instruction (Bible) is clear — obey laws.

You will not change the Bible. You may change the law.

My info — the New Testament. Matt: 5-17, Heb. 13:15.

Erma Blackwell

Hood River

Customer service win

Go to Ace to get your gas and give Dale and/or Jessica a tip! Each time I’ve been out (except when they’re super busy), they ask if they can wash my windshield. Nice to have that extra customer touch point. I make it a point to fill my car at Ace. It’s worth the drive!

Samantha Irwin

Hood River

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