Letters to the Editor for Nov. 23, 2017

Guest column justifies reader’s vote for Trump

I very much enjoyed the recent guest editorial (Nov. 9, 2017 on page A4 of the Camas-Washougal Post-Record) by Mel Gurtov, professor emeritus of political science at Portland State University. It was a delightful litany of the most often expressed “trigger” phrases used to demean me, and people like me, who, unlike emeritus college professors, actually work for a living. Who believe that the U.S. Constitution is the second-finest guidance document ever written by human beings. Who understand that America is not a democracy, but instead is a constitutional republic. And moreover, understand why the difference is important.

I, and people like me, who voted for Trump, understand that America is a great and good nation that has been teetering on the brink of economic and cultural destruction for many years. And, we understand why Trump and his policies may be our last chance to turn away from socialism and its ugly consequences that we have watched these many years in Cuba, and recently in Venezuela.

As mentioned before, I enjoyed professor Gurtov’s guest editorial. It is yet another datum which, added to the daily news print and television, completely justifies my vote for Donald Trump.

Lee Howard, Washougal

‘Leap to judgment’ in open space debate sad

The recent possible selling of open space in Camas brought up passionate opinions. There’s no denying that the lesson learned is that our community values its earmarked green spaces. But I think there’s another lesson learned in being civil during civil discourse. The possible proposal brought up strong feelings. But the leap to judgment and the lack of civility towards a civil servant who’d given years of volunteer time to our city was saddening. Transparency in our Camas city government is impressive with all materials, contacts and links attainable. Not only are city council workshops and meetings live online to witness from our homes, but they are then archived to review at our leisure.

That’s why assumptions made around the city of Camas’ possible sale of green space (“Developer eyes open space” Oct. 19, 2017 Camas-Washougal Post-Record) was shocking. It was disheartening how quickly our community turned toxic and personal against a fellow citizen who had volunteered for years in Camas. In our city, there’s room for all of us around the table and our city officials have given every indication of their transparency that they welcome that involvement.

So, let’s continue to question and be curious when defending those qualities we find precious in Camas. Let’s not assume a singular person has so much control in our town that they deserve attacks until we use all that’s available to us to learn details and facts. Attend city meetings, school board meetings, parks meetings and question always — but personal attacks and negative assumptions will not grow our city to be a stronger place to live, work, learn and play.

Erika Cox, Camas