Letters to the Editor for April 11, 2019

Anti-abortion bill does not represent Herrera Beutler’s constituents

Jaime Herrera Beutler supports a dangerous, extreme anti-abortion bill called the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.” It purports to “save the lives of babies that are born alive;” however, its true purpose is to smear pro-choice Democrats as supporting infanticide. This bill would criminalize a medical choice made by families in later stages of pregnancy to induce labor when a fetus is unlikely to survive. Doctors who provide comfort care instead of attempting resuscitation could be jailed for up to five years. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler supports this extremist position and she does not represent Southwest Washington values.

Geni Donaghey, Vancouver

Change jeers to cheers

I’ll start this note by saying I am a long-time subscriber to the Camas-Washougal Post-Record. It has always been a trusted place to go for the latest local news and thorough coverage of local sports.

But lately our local paper editorial page has decided to change from a thoughtful community discourse to, at times, a politically charged rant.

There have been a few recent examples. However, today I am responding specifically to the editor’s opinion on March 28.

I honestly had to read it several times to understand that the “Jeers” of the week was because “several Washougal city councilors, a city administrator — as well as both cities mayors” commented that recent speakers before their meetings were “civil” and “polite.”

And for that those positive comments they (mayors and councilors) are jeered.

Wow. So let me get this straight … people came before the councils and were “polite” and “civil” and the officials told the media as such and yet this editor chose to “Jeer” them. All because she doesn’t like what the commenters stand for.

Then the newspaper editorial incredibly goes on to tie the council commenters directly to the horrific 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Seems like quite a stretch just to try unsuccessfully to prove a point.

Please, please calm down and realize that our community leaders are actually leading and listening to ALL constituents.

I’d humbly like to change the “jeer” to a “cheer,” because couldn’t we all use a little more civility in this world today?

Susan Mooney, Camas

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