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Minimum wage bill ‘important, courageous’

Oregon has a well-deserved national reputation for pioneering legislation including the Bottle Bill, Vote-by-Mail. Death With Dignity and Motor Voter. Now along comes another pacesetter for the nation, courtesy of the 2016 Oregon Legislature, in the form of its important, courageous and correct decision to provide a wage increase for more than half a million Oregon workers.

A three-tier system in the new law accommodates the differences in living costs between the Portland area, rural areas, and parts of the state in between, while a six-year glide path allows for a smooth transition to full implementation.

Consider the ripple effect of this increased income helping working families struggling to make ends meet, allowing them to spend more dollars in their local businesses, and ultimately strengthening Oregon’s economy.

Furthermore, research has consistently shown that higher wages sharply decrease employee turnover which can reduce hiring and training costs. A hearty thank you is owed to our state legislators from Washington County for voting to support this thoughtfully designed, common-sense increase in Oregon’s minimum wage.

Paul Erickson


Trump a product of

‘years of propaganda’

Republicans are going crazy over the fact that Trump is leading in the primaries. They’re doing whatever they can to disavow themselves from his extreme talking points. Yet, Trump and his platform are the culmination of years of extreme Republican propaganda.

The right wing has been pushing fear and pitting Americans against each other for years via Fox News, Limbaugh, Beck and their ilk. They let the Republican media spout extremism while the candidates do it more subtly so they can play the “who me?” card if called on it.

Well, looks like the Republican chickens have come home to roost and when faced with the monster of their creation suddenly are in a panic. Just what did they expect would happen after all these years of attacking one group or another as the enemy of America? They’ve been working toward just this moment with their hate and blame game.

It looks like there’s no stopping Mr. Trump now and I have no sympathy at all for the right. I am however, saddened by the vehement anger against fellow Americans and I very much fear for us all. Thank you Republican Party for not just splitting this country but, breaking it completely.

Kathy Wnorowski


Now is the time to work to keep air, water clean

I appreciate Dale Feik (“Petition seeks review of Intel air quality permit,” March 4, Hillsboro Tribune) and Jim Conroy (“Lead and other toxic poisoning is completely preventable,” March 4, Hillsboro Tribune) and their concern to not pollute our natural environment.

We must care about the water we drink and the air we breathe. Now is the time to educate ourselves, in order to leave a livable planet to our children’s children. As we grow and we develop we must take action to protect our natural environment.

This growing concern for our healthful living may carry over to how we vote in upcoming elections or how we plan our volunteer work or how we plan our ongoing education.

Thank you Dale Feik and Jim Conroy.

Ray Haag