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Letters to the Editor for Aug. 31

Vote for Gudman

I was privileged to shake the hand of Oregon’s next State Treasurer, Jeff Gudman. Gudman has a passion to serve and direct Oregon’s financial challenges. His varied experiences puts him over the top to serve us well with American pride. During his China Gorge meeting, when asked a question, he answered each without hesitation, demonstrating his knowledge of Oregon’s concerns with his “ready to go” answers.

Gudman was very clear on that sales tax Measure 97, warning of its content of “thorns.” It demands a no vote. He also spoke to the Oregon State PERS pension plan (my generous source of money).

Gudman presented his views with status and virtues, increasing my “I love America” pride. Vote Gudman for Oregon State Treasurer.

Alan Winans

Hood River

Keep children safe

As an 11-year-old student, I rely upon society to protect me and my wellbeing. Currently, society is overlooking me. It is overlooking the 259,698 students in Oregon and Washington schools within the one mile blast zone of the oil trains who are headed back to school, and it is overlooking our future by failing to stop global warming.

Three months ago, on June 3, the derailment of an oil train in Mosier — 250 feet from a school full of children — was proof of how students are being placed in extreme danger for the movement and export of oil.

I am not allowed say in large decisions. I cannot vote, hold office, or choose where I live, go to school, or where to spend large amounts of my time. Kids do not get a choice to say no to being at a school that’s near an oil train. I do not want to be in harm’s way, yet that is exactly what is happening with the transport of large amounts of crude oil by rail.

Our elected leaders, including Governor Inslee, can act. They must ban oil trains and reject new fossil fuel terminals, like the gigantic Tesoro Savage oil terminal, which would add four new oil trains per day and make us more dependent on oil, which is bad for our air and the climate. The safety of children should not be sacrificed in the name of profits for distant oil companies. We are not collateral damage for greed.

Dae Dahlquist

White Salmon, Wash.

Democracy

Trump and Clinton.

The greatest democracy in history and this what we come up with.

Jerry Giarraputo

Hood River

Eagle pride

I would like to send a huge “Eagle Shout Out” to Jennifer Schlosser and Linda Drew for their incredible job over the summer of “Pridifying” the grounds at Hood River Valley High School. They worked all summer to weed, rake, plant and clean up our school grounds. They did an amazing job. Thank you so much Linda and Jennifer. I know our students, parents and staff are going to be so happy when they see all the improvements you beautiful ladies accomplished. Go Eagles!

Wendy Herman

Mt. Hood-Parkdale

‘Marketplace of ideas’

It is in no way improper for anyone to express a thoughtful political opinion in the newspaper. This is America and we have the first amendment.

I am deeply disturbed by Alan Winans’ intimation that a well-loved and respected high school teacher, Dave Case, does not have that right, that it is somehow “improper.” A high school teacher has as much right Winans does to voice concerns about the current election in the newspaper. The setting is the newspaper, not the classroom.

If one of his students should read that letter, and out of respect and admiration for a former teacher stop to consider his thoughts, that is as it should be. America is a marketplace of ideas. I am influenced by the opinions of people I respect.

Though Winans says he holds this teacher in high esteem, his words do not support that assertion. Rather, they seem to me like an attempt to sully an outstanding reputation to advance a political agenda.

Jennifer Ouzounian

Hood River



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