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‘Brava’ to commentary on sexism

Thank you for publishing the recent guest comment (Nov. 14 issue) by Rubi Vergara-Grindell and thank you to Rubi for speaking up.

Although it sometimes seems we’ve barely made any progress in the realm of sexism against women, my hope is renewed when I see brave young women such as Rubi who are willing to speak out on the issue. Brava to Rubi!

Sara Stamey

Hillsboro

Gruber’s statement suddenly controversial

Johnathan Gruber is an economist, MIT professor and the main architect behind Obamacare.

“The bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes,” he said during a panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania at the annual Health Economics Conference in October 2013. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” he continued. “Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”

For some reason, Gruber’s statement has suddenly become very controversial. But it shouldn’t be. After all, he was about 50 percent right.

Krystof Zmudzinski

Forest Grove

Help soldiers’ families with gift cards

Gift cards donated to our Oregon National Guard families are so appreciated during the holiday season. Families of deployed soldiers often experience financial difficulties, especially during this expensive time of year. The gift cards are distributed all around our state under the direction of the Oregon National Guard Association.

The cards offer some financial relief to families, and demonstrate our appreciation to our soldiers and their families. Citizens of our state can help these families during the holidays by sending gift cards, for any amount, through the Oregon National Guard Association.

Gift cards for grocery stores, toys, clothing or fuel are appreciated. It’s a great way to let our soldiers and their families know we appreciate them.

Send gift cards to: Oregon National Guard Association, P.O. Box 14350, Salem, OR 97309.

Thank you!

Becky Cartier

Lake Oswego

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