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Email was ‘harsh reminder’

I read an editorial you ran titled “Yes, protect kids, but teach them tolerance” (March 6). It was absolutely astonishing to me that someone would have the audacity to out a citizen of the community that was simply just looking out for everyone else’s children.

How do we know this guy is innocent? Would that person act the same way if it were their own children? My guess is they don’t have any kids, because if a guy offered any of my kids candy to go back to his car you better damn well believe I would alert the community about his actions.

If this guy is mentally ill (which I know he is, because it has never been socially acceptable to offer kids candy randomly) he won’t know what is being said about him. This woman’s words were not a call to action against this man, they were just a harsh reminder about the reality of the world and to keep talking to your kids about how to stay safe.

Shame on that person for mocking the mom.

Stephanie Woody

West Linn

Keep pets safe, keep them inside

Attention pet lovers: Keep your pets inside.I have been noticing a lot more the “lost cat” notices as the weather warms up.

So I did some more research on coyotes. According to audubonportland.org and forest service sites, coyotes have their litters from February to June, four to eight in the litter. The young stay with the parents for six to eight months.

The parents must hunt to feed their pups until the pups join them in hunting. In both cases they will need much more food (i.e., mainly our cats and small dogs) from now until the winter. Hopefully then the offspring will move on.

It is a problem that will only get better if we take away their food supply — our beloved pets.

Please keep your pets inside, especially from dusk to dawn.

Sue Merrill

Lake Oswego

‘Savas understands our community, values’

Commissioner Paul Savas is one of us. 

He has been involved in our community for the past 25 years. This has given him an in-depth understanding of the issues that matter most to the people of Clackamas County. Paul has raised his family here and realizes the importance of enhancing public safety to keep our loved ones and all communities safe. 

As a business owner, he is keenly aware of the need for a business-friendly environment and sound economic policies. They will help create much needed family wage jobs and fill the job deficit. 

Commissioner Savas understands our community and our values. I ask you to join me in voting for Paul Savas for Clackamas County Commissioner in May.

Jeanne Freeman

West Linn

‘I must speak about abortion’

“Your embarrassing problem is our Tuesday morning.” These words, posted high above Highway 213, advertise for the top abortion provider in America — Planned Parenthood. As a 19-year-old woman, I know that women should be able to make their own decisions about their body. But based on science and reason, it is clear that unborn children are not their mother’s body — they have unique and distinct DNA, fingerprints and genders. We all have the right to make choices, but that right must end where another person’s rights begin.

Oregon holds more than a dozen Planned Parenthood clinics, two within 10 miles of my house. They often gain support with the claim that their goal is to “make abortion rare.” However, in recent years, many Planned Parenthood employees — even directors — have quit their jobs as they’ve watched this “health organization” turn into an abortion mill.

In fact, research shows that while every non-abortion-related service has dropped, Planned Parenthood’s abortion rates have continued growing, with more than 150 abortions for every one adoption referral. If Planned Parenthood were simply a health organization trying to educate women and provide birth control, I wouldn’t really mind. But I must speak out when a local business so blatantly advertises abortion — a procedure that takes one life and leaves the other scarred physically and emotionally.

Most women don’t know that each abortion increases their risk of breast cancer by 300 percent or that 25 percent of women who have had abortions eventually seek out psychiatric care. Abortion is the leading cause of death in Oregon with more than 10,000 abortions per year, while the distant second cause is heart disease with just more than 1,000 deaths per year. Because I care about both the women and children of Oregon, I must speak about abortion — the business of Planned Parenthood.

Shelby Bennett

Oregon City




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