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Silly Redmond lawsuit

Really, city of Redmond? Suing Fagen Tree and Chips for $62,000, for a tree? An honest mistake by a business owner? An owner who offers to find another tree, make it right? The tree is valued at $16-20,000. But, no, let’s gouge the owner for an unreasonable amount. The law was put in place to punish those that criminally fall/remove timber for profit. It was never meant for situations like this, where an honest mistake was made, nobody profited and there was no criminal intent.

So, Redmond, quit being greedy, quit being vindictive, quit using taxpayers’ money to try and destroy a taxpayer and his business. He has offered to pay, offered to fix the mistake.

Yes, it was intended to be a Christmas tree. But, in the end, it was still only a tree.

John Stolz

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Merkley is right about migrant treatment

I want to publicly thank Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley for visiting the migrant detention center in Texas. His efforts and true leadership have once again made me proud to be an Oregonian.

I was shocked to hear that he was denied entry. The treatment of migrants and their children must be absolutely horrific if a U.S. senator — our elected federal government official — is not even permitted to enter a facility.

I am writing today to urge our elected officials to assemble a collection of senators — all sitting Democratic senators and those few Republicans whose states report that immigrants have “helped”— would be ideal. Assemble a large, powerful group and storm that facility again. We need to make it so that the media cannot ignore the situation or your requests to go in. We need to expose Donald Trump’s mistreatment of innocent children.

I applaud Sen. Merkley and encourage him to continue the fight. My family and I are in solidarity with him.

Heather Inghram

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How do you change prejudice?

In regards to the guest column about racism by Penny Nakamura in The Bulletin of June 10: An employer has a right to restrict the speech of its employees. This happens universally and is long-established legally. Thus, the NFL and its teams have a right to restrict the speech (e.g., kneeling during the national anthem) of players. And whilst I am sympathetic to the cause of the players, I am sympathetic to the desires of the NFL and its teams not to politicize the game and thus irritate the fans who pay the league’s bills.

Besides which, direct action in the local communities by players and their supporters, away from the game, will be far more effective than kneeling during the anthem.

As regarding racism in big city police departments, this is a known problem, has been for decades, exists even in well-integrated police departments, and seems resistant to solution. Perhaps the problem is the psychological makeup of the average police department recruit.

It doesn’t help that questionable shootings (murders?) by police are almost always ruled justified by local police oversight/review boards or grand juries. Better training and recruiting practices seem to be indicated.

As for changing the racial prejudices of the citizenry at large, this is a much larger problem which will take decades to occur, if indeed it ever occurs at all.

It seems that most people prefer to associate primarily with people of their own race. How does one change that?

Mike Koonce

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Don’t separate children

Shame on us. We are allowing the current administration to treat innocent families like criminals. Separating children from their parents and putting them in cells is a blatant act of torture. These children will be scarred for life. America is not so great with our new leaders; it is getting more hateful each day.

The world is watching and we should all feel ashamed.

Margaret Wyman

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