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Dear Mayor Russell:

I had to write to you after reading the article in The Bulletin this morning. You were quoted as saying you felt “bullied” by your constituents at a meeting Feb. 14.

Being held accountable for your vote is not the same as being “bullied.” You had not included Chris Piper in your final three and then voted for him on the final tally. That smacks of backroom dealing. You made the vote, now, you have to endure the heat without crying “bullying.”

I am not a person who usually gets involved in the minutiae of politics, but I do pay attention to local politics. I, too, was surprised and taken aback by your vote.

I also voted for you to become mayor. Now, I’m not sure you can be trusted. You have some work to do to earn that trust back. Like many in the room yesterday, I will need to see more transparency and evidence that you are not just responding to lobbyists.

Please listen to your constituents and learn from this incident.

Shelley Mathewson

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No surprise from Wyden and Merkley

Regarding the editorial: “‘Bipartisan’ Wyden, Merkley ignore Walden while patting selves on back for land bill.”

None of us who stay in touch with the political landscape should be surprised. If Wyden and Merkley couldn’t diminish conservative perspective and pat themselves on the back, they wouldn’t have anything to do. As long as seven counties in this state continue to determine election results by steamrolling over the remaining twenty-nine, Oregon will continue to send the likes of Wyden and Merkley to Washington, D.C.

James Purvine

Eugene

Life with plastic

I read the recent article about the hordes who are trying to live without plastic.

I would suggest a counterpoint article about how little the U.S. contributes to ocean pollution. Here’s an article that explains the issue: bit.ly/2SYXUUx.

A related issue, of course, is disposing of nonrecyclable plastic waste. Perhaps a more effective (and reasonable) tactic would be to reduce the use of such packaging, while promoting research on how to recycle various types of plastics, or how best to dispose of them (not in landfills).

For example, I use “plastic” picnic utensils to keep cats out of my garden and to serve their food. Recently, I discovered a product that is plant-based and supposedly recyclable and compostable. I immediately switched to this option. However, I recently read that such materials compost only at very high temperatures, which would mean that I couldn’t compost them at home and that there would have to be separate recycling bins for them.

Anyway, it’s a complex topic, but it’s worthwhile to expose widespread misinformation and to explore other aspects of today’s popular issues.

Donna K. Becker

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Change the law

After learning about the law that recently passed in the state of New York and a similar one that failed in Virginia, which permit the killing of a viable, third-trimester fetus, even after birth, I was totally shocked. Has our society gone mad?

Such laws were passed or proposed under the mantras of “women’s health” and “reproductive freedom,” euphemisms for the right to abort (i.e., destroy) a factually, human life. We, as a nation, need to look at ourselves, individually and collectively, and ask whether we really are a moral, civilized society that values life. Not just New York and Virginia, but America, should be ashamed of such barbaric laws.

Pope John Paul II gave this perspective: “A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.”

James Strelchun

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