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Charles W. Stauffer of St. Helens asserts U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici could have been a voice of unity, rather than stoke further divisiveness

In her Guest Opinion in the Aug. 18 edition of the Spotlight titled "President Trump's Charlottesville comments are abhorrent," Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, who represents Oregon's First District, missed an opportunity to be a voice of calm and reason, an opportunity for her to encourage unity against hate of all stripes and the opportunity to send our collective condolences to the victims of violence and their families in Charlottesville.

Instead, she chose to score political points and add inflammatory rhetoric to an already too-polarized discussion.

While she calls the president's comments "abhorrent" and suggests members of his staff support hate groups, her comments are no different than those she criticizes.

Bonamici's personal hatred of Donald Trump is clearly displayed in the column through innuendo and her willingness to ignore the facts of this tragic event.

She is entitled to her opinion, but his she the kind of person that belongs in the United States Congress?

Charles W. Stauffer

St. Helens

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