Topics include the U.S. Senate's health care debate, art in Tigard, and a progressive budget proposal in D.C.

Senate health care plan is wrong answer

We must protect people's health care.

Health insurance is more than a policy, it's peace of mind. It's knowing your family will be cared for and not having to worry about going broke when you get sick. That's why I strongly oppose the Senate health care bill. The more I learn about it, the less I like. Robbing health care from millions of Americans to give yet another tax cut to the rich and powerful is just plain cruel. Our health care system needs to be improved — we all agree on that. But this bill would do exactly the opposite — for no other reason than greed.

Kenneth West


Please rethink art in downtown Tigard

Please, some one, cease and desist putting glass float balls all over downtown Tigard. They were never attractive or coordinated with any of the style already represented downtown. Particularly puzzling are the logs with glass "heads." The light posts, vintage in style, have wire balls of glass not illuminated or even matching themselves or others.

Now there is a huge sign not vintage or matching anything except for randomly colored balls of glass. The bike racks do not match in style or color. The (art pieces) at the beginning and end of town are an outrageous color. When will the chaos end? It takes a community to raise a child, it takes a designer to save a downtown. Everyone cannot have their way, you need a theme and a goal and the elements of design.

Laura Griebeler


Progressive Caucus has good budget proposals

While members of the Republican majority are competing to see who can make the deepest cuts, there is a budget proposal before Congress that would boost the economy for all of us while cutting the number of people in poverty in half. It's The People's Budget, proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The People's Budget invests in safe and productive infrastructure, education, affordable housing, health care and nutrition, child care and working family tax credits. It calls for increasing the minimum wage.

These investments will create 3.6 million jobs and set us on a path to cut poverty in half in 10 years. The People's Budget invests $2 trillion in infrastructure spending, expanding rural broadband, universal Pre-K and free college tuition at state and community colleges.

Every year without fail our elected representatives give over half of the discretionary budget to the Pentagon, leaving less than half to be divided up to fund education, health care, environmental spending, infrastructure and everything else.

Ravi Hasija


(Editor's note: The website for the Congressional Progressive Caucus includes Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici of Beaverton, as well as Congressman Peter DeFazio, whose District 4 includes most of southwest Oregon.)

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