Letters to the editor: Jan. 10, 2018
Measure 101 ensures stable health care
I have never had to worry about health insurance. I remember the sense of security I felt when I turned 26. I was no longer eligible for my parents' insurance, but I already had my own coverage through work.
I believe no Oregonian should feel any fear or anxiety regarding their health. A single accident and the subsequent medical bills should not bankrupt hardworking or vulnerable Oregonians.
Measure 101 does not favor one group of Oregonians over another. Passing Measure 101 will ensure stable, available health care coverage for seniors, working class families, children and residents of both rural and urban areas.
Measure 101 will provide healthcare for the most vulnerable Oregonians. Measure 101 will fund Medicaid and ensure stable premiums for Oregonians who buy their own healthcare.
Every Oregonian deserves to live and work without fear of losing everything through medical bills.
This is why I will vote to pass Measure 101 on Jan. 23. I believe in providing stable funding so Oregonians who use Medicaid or buy their own insurance can live with the same peace of mind that I have been privileged to experience throughout my entire life.
Sebastian Bannister Lawler
Pacific chaplain responds to Trump North Korea tweet
People of faith are called to work for peace. That is why I joined with the Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite from Chicago Theological Seminary in calling on Congress to adopt HR 669/S 200, legislation that would prohibit any U.S. president from launching a nuclear first strike without congressional approval.
In response to the tweet made by President Donald Trump threatening North Korea with a nuclear war last Tuesday, I reaffirm my personal support for HR 669/S 200. I call on people of good will across the United States to call Congress at 202-224-3121 and ask that the legislation be passed immediately. In that spirit, I encourage all members of Oregon's congressional delegation to co-sponsor the legislation and thank those who have.
The rhetoric of a U.S. president should not mirror that of North Korea's leadership. Our elected officials should be held to a higher standard. A nuclear conflict in the Korean Peninsula would be horrific. South Korea's leaders just recently signaled their willingness to talk with their counterparts. Peace will only be served in this case by diplomacy.
Director, Center for Peace and Spirituality
Pacific University, Forest Grove
Technological advances a 'mixed blessing'
We all must be aware by now how much technology has affected our lives — but it is turning out to be a very mixed blessing.
Identity theft, sharing of personal information without consent, hacking into elections, social media bullying and many more disturbing trends belie the optimism that technology will create a new a better world. And, think about a future where so many jobs are replaced by robots and computers.
At the very least, we can all be aware and skeptical every time some new device or software predicted to solve a problem is touted. We should control technology, not the other way around.
Senator invites constituent participation
Here it is 2018. I hope everyone had a happy holiday season and a merry Christmas.
Next month, the short session starts and each senator gets one bill. I will be working to pass a bill allowing special children's service districts to be formed by voters. These districts, when approved by voters, will provide funding for out-of-school-time programs for children age 17 and below.
If you believe that it is a good thing to have programs to keep young people engaged in safe and productive programs, please let me know. I would also like to hear from you if you have ideas for how the state can do a better job of serving the needs of our residents.
Finally, please get in touch with me if you are having any problem with a state agency, and I will try to help.
Sen. Chuck Riley
Democrat, District 15
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