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Letters to the Editor for May 14

Vote for Perkins

Until last week, I thought there were only two Republican candidates in the race for U.S. Senate in Oregon. I was surprised and encouraged to discover three more candidates, including Jo Rae Perkins.

I encourage all conservative Republicans to vote Perkins for U.S. Senate. She believes in small government, defending our borders, balancing the budget, reading every bill before voting on it, supporting our military and veterans, and defending the Constitution, including the Second Amendment. She wants to repeal Obamacare because the federal government has no business in the healthcare industry. She wants to abolish the income tax because no one should be penalized for earning money. She believes that our lands should be returned to state control, because the Constitution does not give the federal government the right to take our forests away from us.

Don’t let the media convince you that a candidate doesn’t matter without big fundraising. Money doesn’t decide elections; we do.

Vote Perkins for U.S. Senate because values matter. Check PerkinsforUSSenate.com for more.

Tasha Conner

Roseburg

Get to know homeless

I sympathize with the writer of a recent letter who felt anxious about walking close to homeless persons who gather beside the Indian Creek Trail (“Prevent problems on Indian Creek Trail,” April 26). I have felt that way.

There is a way to get over this anxiety born out of prejudice (judging without enough information). When fall comes, take the training offered to prepare a person to work in the warming shelter during the coldest months. Then sign up to work with an experienced person in this program.

You will find that most homeless people are pretty much like the rest of us. They just cannot find enough work that pays enough to pay rent and eat like the rest of us.

This will move a person from anxiety to satisfaction. It will mean that our town will not again have a person freeze to death on our streets because there was nowhere to get inside out of below freezing weather. It only takes a little venturing into a new activity. It only takes a few hours once a month or once a week.

John Ihle

Hood River

‘Pride of Hood River’

Regarding the May 10 Reader’s write: Thank you Laurie Balmuth, for taking note of those glowing signs that spell out “The Pride of Hood River,” its Republican Central Committee, and its high school, which all have bragging rights.

We Republicans take great pride in presenting to you these three HRVHS alumni: U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (Class of 1974), State Sen. Chuck Thomsen (1975) and State Rep. Mark Johnson (1975).

Greg, Mark and Chuck, like Abraham Lincoln, fear not to stand alone defending measures (e.g. fiscal responsibility) for the betterment of America.

Personally, it troubles me having a president that equates wrong with right, Islam to the God of Creation, and two nations under Obama to “ ... one nation under GOD ...”

Alan Winans

Hood River

Many hands

As many know, the junior-senior prom venue was changed last-minute from Timberline Lodge back to the high school last Saturday, May 10. With only hours to go, many parents, teachers and students stepped up to make the prom happen and to be as special as it could be.

I wish to thank the incredible supportive businesses that made last-minute donations to help turn the boring old high school into a gorgeous venue for the prom. Obviously it was not as exciting as going to Timberline, but it all worked out.

Your Party and Rental Center came through in a very generous way with lots of props and lights, Gorge Nursery donated trees and Springhouse Cellar Winery supplied tables. Parents cheerfully donated labor, props and more lights.

And thanks to Timberline who moved its catering down to the high school and to the DJ who was set up at Timberline and had to drive down the mountain and re-set up. You are all a bunch of pros and we are lucky to have you in this community.

Juliana Dolan

Hood River

Tim Farrell for Judge

Tim Farrell is eminently qualified to fill retiring Judge Crowley’s nonpartisan position 3 District 7 Judgeship. Tim is pretty modest about his credentials so I just learned that he is licensed in Oregon, Washington, Ohio, Saipan, Guam, and the District of Columbia, and is a member of all Federal District Courts in those jurisdictions, the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He has a master’s degree in maritime law from Tulane, a business degree from Notre Dame, and a law degree from Lewis and Clark. His first job, as a junior associate, was to research, write and argue motions related to almost every rule of civil procedure and evidence.

As a trial lawyer in Hood River, Seattle, Guam and Saipan, he has been presented with a wide variety of civil and criminal legal issues and has developed a professional perspective on the nonpartisan aspect of judicial races.

Tim Farrell has the experience and ability to handle future cases and a commitment to public service.

Laurie Balmuth

Hood River

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