Letters, March 23
Racist incident in Talent
One of our daughters lives in Talent. On Saturday she and our 5-year-old granddaughter, both Asian American, were in their front yard relaxing. A very large pickup truck was driving by with three men inside. It stopped, they yelled F.U. Kung Flu, threw some garbage at the yard and drove off.
Over the years she has endured more than a few hateful actions directed her way simply because of her race. The ignorance and meanness of this latest episode hardly require comment, however, I sent this in order to add to our collective awareness of the breadth of such behavior.
I read Sen. Jeff Golden’s guest opinion in the Sunday edition. I would like to thank him for reminding us to listen before we judge and to take a breath before we respond (my understanding of his message).
There are two parties represented in the Oregon Senate, and both have people of integrity. We all would do well to act and speak with it. That isn’t easy in an environment of extreme rhetoric, but Sen. Golden sets a good example. Words as well as actions matter.
Two points regarding Michael Barone’s dismissal of high-speed rail (“Buttigieg on track to lead us into the 19th century,” Mail Tribune, March 19):
1. Barone’s cited authority, libertarian economist Randal O’Toole, is an Oregonian! For years, O’Toole produced angry, rug-chewing attacks on Portland’s modest light-rail system.
2 In explaining that high-speed rail is only practical for relatively small geographic areas with short travel distances, Barone forgets to mention China. With over 16,000 miles in operation (our own country’s total: zilch) and over 6,000 miles under construction, China leads the world in high-speed rail. I find it discouraging that China’s authoritarian model can do big things quickly, while our democracy dithers.
Kudos to Golden
Kudos to Sen. Jeff Golden for contributing to the discussion (Sunday, March 21) of the quorum problem created in recent sessions by GOP legislators who hide out of state rather than have the majority of voters achieve their policy goals.
“Our way, or the highway” seems to express the GQP modus operandi since Newt Gingrich came along in 1994. “If we can’t wield the legislative power, then no one shall. Let the people’s business stall. Let the people’s problems remain unsolved. No compromise — ever.” This is the mantra of the Tea Party and Freedom Caucus.
Why are so-called conservatives so radical in their approach to governing?