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Rape victims shouldn’t suffer in silence

I’m writing a letter to the editor in regards to your recent article on Shaun Toman and his sentencing to prison for sexual abuse.

Seeing articles like this make me happy due to the fact that we are bringing light to such a hush hush topic like sexual abuse and rape.

We unfortunately live in a society where we hardly hear of sexual abuse. We live in a society that critiques women’s language or attire in order to protect her from predators. We focus on changing our daughters and sisters and are trying to come up with a better way to avoid rape. My question is, why are we avoiding it? Why aren’t we diminishing it?

Instead of worrying about what our daughters are wearing, why aren’t we teaching our sons how to respect women rather than treating them like meat and toys with no value other than a man’s desires?

This article is shedding light to a longtime and very prevalent problem of rape.

By talking about it more, we are showing that rape happens all the time and to anyone, and its not okay. This article brings hope to all victims who experienced or will experience sexual abuse, showing that there is a possibility for justice.

Rape is a topic we need to be more open to talking about, regardless of how uncomfortable it makes us feel. If we do, then we can start convicting the felons worthy of punishment rather than just setting it aside and saying “boys will be boys” or “that’s what happens when you mix females and males.”

Thank you Forest Grove News-Times for starting the conversation. Let’s start printing more articles about rape so we can start talking about it.

The longer we remain quiet, the longer victims will suffer in silence.

Tori Gunzenhauser

Forest Grove

Vote Tobias Read for state treasurer

The State Treasury might not be the best known office in Oregon, but its role is vitally important.

The Treasurer is responsible for managing state investments, administering the 529 College Savings Network, and serving as the central bank for state agencies.

In short, while the Legislature sets the budget priorities, the Treasury is where the rubber meets the road in carrying the budget out.

Oregon needs a dedicated leader to serve as Treasurer. Tobias Read possesses these qualities.

As a Legislator, Tobias took the lead on many important issues, including the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange.

Tobias is one of the hardest working members of the Legislature, and in the years I have known him, he has also been one of the most thoughtful.

Tobias’ background in public finance makes him the most qualified candidate in this race.

We are at a time when long-term thinking is more critical than ever. Tobias Read is the best person to bring the kind of thoughtful leadership that is needed at the Oregon State Treasurer’s office, and that’s why he deserves our support.

Michael Goff

Forest Grove

Snyder a ‘consummate professional’

I was saddened to read the North Plains City Council intends to remove their Police Chief by not renewing his contract.

It is unfortunate they are willing to lose a good man over small minded politics.

I have worked with Chief Snyder and have always found him to be a consummate professional, representing the City of North Plains well. That has not always been the case for people holding this position in the past.

Hopefully, others will see the error in this decision and put small minded politics behind them.

Larry Hatch

Forest Grove

Weed ban not beneficial

Putting moral judgments aside, is a ban on marijuana businesses what Gaston really needs? From an economic perspective it would not be beneficial to ban a potential source of tax income to the community.

The Gaston City Council has made the decision to put the issue of whether or not to ban marijuana businesses in Gaston on the ballot for voters to decide this upcoming election (November). Despite the recent state legalization of marijuana, placing a ban on businesses dealing with the substance is allowed under state law.

However, such a ban comes with its drawbacks.

Banning such businesses would make the city of Gaston ineligible to receive any of the tax money from the state collected from marijuana businesses throughout Oregon.

The state recently reported collecting $6.84 million in taxes from marijuana sales for just the first two months of this year.

Forty percent of that tax money goes to the state’s common school fund.

The upcoming vote to decide whether or not to raise property taxes to pay for the city’s school district’s planned renovations has shown the need for that tax money to come back into the local community.

With two months’ revenue exceeding economist’s 3-million-dollar sales tax projection for the year, marijuana businesses have proven successful and their 25 percent sales tax a big source of tax income for the state.Voters should look at the economic benefit of allowing marijuana businesses within the city.

The community would benefit more by allowing businesses to flourish and bring tax money into the community instead of banning that source of tax revenue.

Uriel Arreola

Gaston