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Letters, Feb. 13

SB 254 unfit for Oregonians

Senate Bill 254, which removes medical exemptions and puts health agencies between parents and children, is unfit for Oregonians (or sovereign citizens in any democracy).

Our diversity makes us strong. There are more than 100 “alternative” means that folks use for healing including spiritual methods. Spirituality is my preferred method, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Religious and speech freedom, a part of the First Amendment, are positions of strength for all Americans.

So much freedom of speech lost recently. A proper government, by and for the people, needs active, concerned dialogue provoked by broad educational reach and thoughtful consideration.

As we watch these freedoms disappear we must consider poverty. Hunger. Millions of homeless, jobless folks here at home.

My son moved back to Ashland with a wife and three daughters. They had a restaurant on the big island, Hawaii. They worked night and day for 13 years and grossed more than $100,000 per month. This business crashed. This family has zero income and a future we invent out of thin air, against odds. Let medical professionals determine health care needs for citizens.

The Legislature must spend its time on the economy before it’s too late.

Suzia Aufderheide

Ashland

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