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A die-hard Goldwater fan that turned shades after Reagan era

Letters to the Editor, March 12

To the Editor:

I read with interest the article in the Feb, 28 Oregon City News and Clackamas Review, 'A lifelong Republican turns blue.' with interest because I also went through a similar metamorphosis. When I was in college in the late 1950s I was a committed conservative Republican. Our walking hero was Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona. His book 'The Conscience of a Conservative' was our political Bible. Over the years I thought he was right about how to institute change, about paying your bills as you spend the money. During Vietnam I really agreed with him when he said if you're going to fight a war, fight to win. If you're not going to fight to win, don't fight at all! Our young Republican group was so active that we were voted Colorado Campus Young Republican Group of the Year.

That said, I can remember who and what planted the original seeds of doubt in my mind and resulted several years later in my leaving the Republican Party and registering as a Democrat. Ronald Reagan asked, 'Are you better off than you were four years ago?' I can remember asking myself at the very moment, 'Isn't that to endorse and encourage greed?' It certainly caused me to track more closely what I believed to be the Republican philosophical base and what was happening to it. Over the years I watched Republicanism distance itself from my Republican roots. I finally reached a point that I decided I cannot lend my good name to this anymore. So, today I'm an involved Democrat. Involved. That's probably the key to having our parties be what we would have them be.

D. Kent Lloyd

Gladstone

Showing support for those suffering in Uganda

To the Editor:

I'm currently interning in Washington, D.C. and spent two days this week participating in the Lobby Days for Northern Uganda. More than 750 people came to Washington, D.C. to lobby for Congress' support in the Northern Ugandan Juba peace talks. Conflict in the region has occurred for more than 20 years, resulting in the abduction of more than 60,000 children and the government-forced displacement of 1.9 million citizens; nonetheless, peace is on the horizon.

Five Oregonians met with staffers from the offices of Senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith and Representatives Darlene Hooley and David Wu. We visited Representative Earl Blumenauer's office and were fortunate enough to meet with Representative Peter DeFazio. Each office was encouraged by our passion and promised to consider our requests. Thank you, members of Congress for your service and willingness to meet with a group of young people; your support has restored some of my faith in government.

Kayla Walker

Gladstone