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Letters, Sept. 21

Getting it backwards

Dennis Sinclair has things exactly backward in his Sept. 12 diatribe against the Democratic Party. He says the party is following the tactic of “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Was there ever a better analysis of of how Trump operates? No one is better at personalizing and polarizing.

If a person wants to know what the radical right is up to, just look at what it accuses the left of doing.

Ian Templeton


Afraid to debate

Rep. Greg Walden is refusing to debate Jamie McLeod-Skinner, his Democratic opponent in November’s election, because he is afraid that his position on issue after issue will get the publicity it deserves.

Opioids? He has taken over $400,000 from that very industry that he is supposed to be investigating and refuses to hold manufacturers accountable or fund naloxone, education or prevention.

Wildfires? He refuses to support any proposal that addresses climate change, widely seen as the No. 1 contributor to warmer temperatures, drought and drier forests.

Health insurance? He has repeatedly supported measures that would make it much more expensive for Oregonians while failing to cover pre-existing conditions.

Child separation at our border? As chair of the oversight committee on that very issue he has done — nothing!

The list goes on and on. Wimpy Walden is afraid to debate. Sad!

Carl Darnell


Life-support systems

In the Aug. 19 Mail Tribune, the photo of an adorable child who needed emergency surgery caught my attention and heart. At birth, his airway was obstructed and a helicopter was needed to fly the child to Portland’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

I was disturbed, however, to read that the family found fault with the helicopter’s paperwork and consequential payment for $13,000. They raised the issue of not having signed all the forms. Would they have said no to the flight if they had to sign more forms? Is it because of the Portland surgery their child is alive?

This may be an example of how medical coverage and expenses can jeopardize a family’s financial security. Is it not time to be practical and advocate for universal health care that doesn’t bankrupt family incomes? To support President Obama’s Affordable Health Care legislation that offered compassionate and inclusive care to many more families?

We clearly can appreciate medical professionals who do their best to make the right decisions. Perhaps the family can be grateful that people cared for their baby and — once he is older — tell him the story of being taken “on eagles’ wings” to doctors who saved his life.

Peggy D Heiner, retired health care provider


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