Day: October 14, 2016

Support for Freeman in Dist. 25

To the Editor: I’m supporting Sharon Freeman for state representative in House district 25 for many reasons. Here is just one. I recently heard Bill Post, incumbent in District 25, brag about how he successfully worked with both parties in the legislature to get his bill passed during the last session.  What was this bill that passed on an 89-1 vote? I did some research. His bill permits people to eat food in the lunchroom of a smoke or tobacco shop. It’s nice that the folks who work in such a shop can now legally eat lunch where they work. But how many people in Oregon benefit from this bill? Damn few. I heard the number eleven tossed about. This is an inconsequential, very poor example of bipartisan cooperation. He continues to  push the idea that was his platform when he ran for an open seat in the legislature two years ago. He thinks ‘there are too many laws on the books in Oregon’. His solution is to eliminate two existing laws whenever any new law is passed. Arbitrarily crossing laws off the books makes a joke out of politics and government, especially when a new bill is as inconsequential as his bill. Republicans, I’m sure you could find a better candidate. But since you haven’t, I strongly urge you and everyone else to vote for Sharon Freeman. This...

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A vicious presidential debate

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It’s not an American habit for a presidential candidate to declare that he would imprison his opponent. Donald Trump, reeling from the release of an 11-year-old video recording his lewd and repulsive comments about women, went there anyway. And while he said he was “very embarrassed” by his talk of groping and assault, Trump decided that salvation lay in dredging up old scandals involving his opponent’s husband. Of Bill Clinton, he said: “There’s never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women.” Trump seemed to think that the comparison would somehow make him look better. Trump stalked the stage, interrupting Hillary Clinton, repeatedly attacking her for “lying,” and assailing the moderators, Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper, saying at one point that the debate was three against one. It was the petulant and often boorish performance of a man aware that his campaign was at the edge of extinction. Clinton hit back hard on Trump’s history of sexist comments, his refusal to release his tax returns, the untruthfulness of many of his claims and charges, his proposal to ban Muslim immigration and his closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Clinton remained calm and confident, her demeanor reflecting the reality of the debate: That Trump’s meandering and often ill-informed answers and his angry aggressiveness would play badly with...

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Regulations have a place in the nation

A couple of Americans running now for high public office—Donald Trump, nationally and Bud Pierce in Oregon, are calling for cuts in regulations and less red tape. That kind of pie-in-the-sky stuff just may be easier to promise than deliver. Nevertheless, what’s got me more than a little nervous is what and where regulations and red tape will be cut and to what extent the eliminations will mean a greater danger to our health and safety. But, let’s get specific on regulations and red tape: For offices, will it mean the smoking of cigarettes (again), cigars and now “joints” will be allowed?  Will ergonomics in the design of desk furniture and other works stations be lumbered out?  Will heating and cooling of office spaces be reserved only for CEOs and other executives?  Will sanitary conditions be provided and will the buildings be maintained in repair for safe use?  Will all the machines in daily use be maintained to avoid leakage of toxic substances into the air and spills on the floor as slipping hazards? For homes, will asbestos reappear in the form of insulation in attics and walls, countertops, flooring and ceiling-finish surfaces? When repairs or improvements are made, will there be any further effort to control the release of asbestos into the environment?  Will lead in paint make a return to homes (and auto fuels)?  Will all things bought for home use be potentially and readily combustible?  Will there by any control over the quality and lasting ability of home...

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