Oregon lawmakers stand together after shooting
To the editor:
On Jan. 8, one of our colleagues was viciously attacked in Tucson, Ariz.She was left grievously wounded, a number of others were also injured, and six innocent people lost their lives.Among the victims were three congressional staff members in the act of assisting their constituents and serving the public.
This is a tragedy for our nation and our congressional family.
As a delegation, we stand together in denouncing this violence and any
act that threatens our ability to hear directly from Oregonians.And we
also call on all Oregonians to let this assault on our democracy serve
as a reminder of the values that unite us.
The seven of us do not always agree on policy.But we have all worked
together at various times on issues affecting Oregon and when we
disagree, we do so respectfully.
It is this respect that we need more of in our public
conversations.The heart of our democracy is the idea that we will work
through our problems with debate and dialogue, not arms.We are all
members of the same community and we must all remember that while we
may differ on priorities or approaches, we all share a common love for
Oregonians have a long tradition of civil dialogue.We all should
rededicate ourselves to strengthening that tradition in the aftermath
of the attack on Representative Giffords.
Sen. Ron Wyden
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Rep. Peter DeFazio
Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Rep. Greg Walden
Rep. David Wu
Rep. Kurt Schrader
Parents reading to kids cures many ills
To the editor:
We all know what a panacea is, and that there are very few in life. I
have become increasingly aware of one, though andndash; that could in fact help
with all of the following: reduce spending for education while
building strong students and individuals; promote communication between
parents and children; strengthen the use of public libraries; enliven
an interest in lifelong learning, in entrepreneurship, even in
Wow! What could this be?
It is the commitment of a parent to read to their child, for at least 10 minutes a day.
It is a great deal more than a book and your voice.