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Commit to our shared values

On Christmas Eve I wished friends and strangers Merry Christmas. A Salvation Army bell ringer and an eloquently dressed woman returned the greeting with smiles.

This same civil behavior could change Congress. But, members not only are uncivil, but also have failed in their jobs.

Congress doesn’t address problems — infrastructure upgrade — because they spend time raising re-election money or cursing their opponents in front of TV cameras.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates wrote: “Despite our differences, we as Americans have long held a shared vision of what our country means and what values we expect our leaders to embrace. Today, our continued commitment to these unifying principles is needed more than ever.”

President Trump, with his insults, lies and narcissism darkens our country’s mood. Instead of civility and common values, Trump’s message is “I am wonderful and you’re a loser.” He undermines the FBI, ignores our values and panders to our basest instincts.

Yates continues: “Our shared values include another essential principle, and that’s the rule of law — the promise that the law applies equally to everyone, that no person is above it, and that all are entitled to its protection. This concept recognizes that our country’s strength comes from honoring, not weaponizing, the diversity that springs from being a nation of Native Americans and immigrants of different races, religions and nationalities.”

Trump is Trump.

I urge you, the electorate, to accept the responsibility to tell Congress to change its behavior and regain a commitment to our shared values.

Tim Conlon

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West-side bias needs to be addressed

Finally! In the editorial “Appointments should not be so lopsided,” The Bulletin has grudgingly admitted that just perhaps there is a west-side bias. This bias would seem evident given the fact that there has been a consistent drumbeat of concern about east-side underrepresentation from those who live there, by several groups studying city government and by city councilors. A former council member admitted in a public forum that when there were appointments to be made he would nominate his west-side friends, inherently resulting in unequal representation. Where there is such widespread concern, there is undoubtedly an issue, and just denying it won’t make it go away. Although The Bulletin’s editors may not like it, a ward system and an elected mayor are steps in the right direction.

Given the admitted west-side overrepresentation, to keep making statements that we should retain the status quo because ability is more important than address (technically true) only dodges the issue of underrepresentation and offers no solutions. It’s also a condescending and arrogant position to take. Because the east side is underrepresented, do the editors believe that the majority of east-side residents are uneducated or unqualified to participate in governance? Do they also believe that minorities and women are unqualified simply because they are underrepresented?

The Bulletin needs to recognize that there is in fact a “west-side tilt,” whether perceived (as the editors believe) or actual, and they should be championing a solution rather than denying the issue.

Dean Greenough

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Walden lost focus on constituents

Rep. Greg Walden has long lost focus on representing his constituents. He led the charge to repeal the Affordable Care Act and then passed the horrible GOP tax bill giving massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. His donors now have fatter pockets they can steer toward his campaign, but I will fight against his special interest machine and do everything to boot him out of office.

Robin Helm

Tygh Valley

Walden helps his constituents

I hope everyone has a chance to read Greg Walden’s “Tax reform offers relief to Oregon’s middle class.” To all those who write disparaging letters about his job in Congress, ask yourself, has any one of our congressional delegation done as much for you? One more reason to say, “In total, the past eight years of Obama for this country has been a disaster.”

Bill Sansom

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