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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 13

Who can afford $25,000?

Congressman Walden and House Speaker Ryan recently hosted a fundraiser near Portland, at a secret location outside of the district Walden allegedly represents.

The cost per plate ranged from $2,500 to $25,000. Let’s do the math: some of Walden’s constituents, perhaps short-order cooks or farmworkers earning $12.50 per hour, could afford a high-end plate with their annual gross salaries. Firefighters would earn the privilege in a mere six months.

Walden last held a town hall in April 2017. However, he visits his district clandestinely to meet with influential business people and special-interest groups. It’s clear that our congressman is no longer interested in representing all of his constituents.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner, his challenger, understands that Walden has clearly lost touch with his constituents. It’s time for McLeod-Skinner, who vows not to accept corporate contributions, to replace him. She will represent a much broader spectrum of Oregon values in D.C.!

Dasja Dolan

Medford

No excuse

We can build NASA rockets. We can send a shuttle craft into space and back. We have perfected heat shields. So, why can’t fire sciences develop a kind of heat shield cover or blanket, large enough to cover structures? Perhaps a large enough cover to drag across the landscape, by utilizing helicopters, slowly smothering fires.

Also another very important tool is water. So, why not build water pipelines from areas plentiful with water to areas bone dry?

Jeff Kassman

Central Point

Re-elect Congressman Walden

The naiveté of those who promote the election of someone other than Congressman Greg Walden amazes me. They do not seem to understand that Congress operates according to seniority. We who live in Oregon’s 2nd District are fortunate to be represented by a respected and powerful member of that body. As chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Greg Walden is in a position to promote and pass legislation to improve the lives of his constituents. Any replacement would be at the bottom of the power structure regardless of which party controls the House.

Perhaps the Democratic Party should not be so confident of its ability to take control of Congress in November. They seem to forget that in 2010 Republicans held over 30 governorships, thereby controlling the redistricting of those states. The usual gerrymandering took place — in favor of the GOP!

Valerie T. Smullen

Central Point

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