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Citizens' questions are always welcome

As someone who has twice run for the Legislature, and one who looks forward to engaging voters at the doorstep, in town hall meetings and in the unplanned discussions at the supermarket or park for a third time, I was pleased to read your editorial urging voters to "demand details from candidates" (previosuly run in April 3 issue of The Times and reprinted here).

While time doesn't permit in-depth discussion on all of the issues that influence our quality of life, my experience has been that most citizens in our community do seek specificity in their answers from candidates and elected officials.

Granted, sometimes those answers aren't particularly appealing or favorable, yet in the 15,000-plus houses that I've visited in the last four years, I've consistently encountered people who take full advantage of the opportunity to question those seeking to represent them in Salem.

While I look forward to responding to the challenging questions posed by citizens in our community, I'm especially eager to listen to the priorities, concerns and experiences of the people of House District 35. See you at the doorstep!

REP. LARRY GALIZIO

House District 35

Tigard

Clinton may be our last chance for a while

The reason Hillary Clinton has such negative image problems is that when she was the first lady in Little Rock, she helped pass legislation to improve the ailing state school systen and extend education (to) 4-year-olds. This hit the big boys in Arkansas right where it hurt them most, in their pocketbooks. Their hatred of her became vitriolic. They formed a Republican committee to taint and discredit her image.

While our homeless veterans and mentally ill are eating out of garbage cans to survive, right-wing Christian radio has spent millions of dollars duping hard-working Americans to vote time and again with the wealthy, who are laughing all the way to their banks.

Two hundred years ago, it was a rarity for a woman to be able to read and write. One hundred and eight years ago, a woman could not own her own home. Eighty-eight years ago, a woman could not vote. This was my grandmothers' generation - one was half-Native American and the other an Irish immigrant. They could only dream of having this opportunity to vote for the first woman president. I have a 4-month-old granddaughter and can only imagine what it would mean for her to grow up watching a compassionate woman leading this country.

Half the people on Earth are women - we have been the largest minority in history. Let us show the mothers of the world that we care enough about their children to elect this expert on health care, education, and women's and children's law who has already visited many of these nations.

What woman is behind Hillary who has her strength and fortitude to run for president? Condoleezza Rice and Nancy Pelosi say they're not interested. There is a very good possibility that we won't have a woman president in my lifetime if she can't do this.

Won't that make those big boys proud as punch? They will continue spewing hatred and negativity into your minds. Is it any wonder that depression is an epidemic in this country? Won't Barak Obama still be a young man in eight years after he gets more much-needed experience?

MARGARET PARYPA

Portland