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Letter to the Editor: Vote McLeod-Skinner

To the editor:

In the distant past I have crossed party lines to vote for who I thought to be the better candidate to represent the constituents of Oregon’s Second Congressional District. I have occasionally voted for Greg Walden.

I no longer have confidence that he works to fairly represent all of us. At present on issue after issue we do not see eye to eye. He has changed. His reasons for voting the way he does make no sense to me.

I believe he no longer works to level the playing field for the advancement of those he represents, rather he works for his individual and corporate donors, and his political base.

He fails to support or initiate bills that will lead to comprehensive solutions for the greater benefit. Here is an example which points to his lack of leadership: Shortly after the Eagle Creek fire Walden pushed to enact House Bill 3715, a salvage logging bill affecting the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

According to Jurgen Hess, the U.S. Forest Service employee for 34 years who led the Columbia River Gorge NSA Planning Team, this bill has provisions in it that would short circuit the public’s ability to weigh in, and exempt requirements of the Endangered Species Act. The bill applies to all federally designated Scenic Areas and would set a precedent that violates common sense and the public’s rights. It would do significant harm. In this election I am voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress. On this issue Jamie says, “… last year’s extreme wild fire season was caused by three triggers: increased fuel loads, a longer and drier summer, and increased human-caused ignition. We can take action on all three triggers.

“Managing fuel loads can’t be our only strategy. Cutting down trees doesn’t solve the fact that its getting hotter and drier. What we need is real leadership, responsible stewardship of our public lands, and science supported solutions to addressing changing climate trends.”

By this example, and others, Jamie has convinced me that she is more of a problem-solver ready to work for the people, and less of a politician taking advantage of situations for personal gain.

John Nelson

The Dalles


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