Letters to the Editor: June 17, 2022
I am surprised that a member of the city council complains that measures 5 and 50 exhaust the financial reserves of the city. If I remember correctly, the council was repeatedly warned that simply building houses and relying on property taxes to cover city expenses would not be enough.
Without measures 5 and 50, the City would have had many excuses to increase property taxes. He would be able to grab whatever money was available to do more for us.
For years, the city has had an attitude: “It’s so good to build that we just have to approve every development. »
Apparently the council thinks the development will generate enough additional taxes to keep the town from falling apart. He did not realize that the cost of services for each new development exceeds the increase in revenue from municipal services.
For some people, the 3% limit on property tax growth is far better than being taxed away from home and facing life on the streets. But seniors living on fixed incomes find property taxes a very heavy financial burden. For some people, 3% may be too much!
Currently, we are descending into the same money pit, with a planning department salivating over all new developments. Isn’t there an Oregonian among them?
More homes than ever are being built and at ever higher appraisals. Just exit Baker Creek Road and have a look.
If that makes sense, then why does the city need more tax money?
Where is the sympathy?
Two letter writers in last week’s Viewpoints angrily lamented “immoral” lifestyles and behavior in America and invoked God with a capital G to justify their mean-spirited tirades.
It is offensive – and simply wrong – to assume that every member of a community, region or nation subscribes to a single religious, spiritual or philosophical belief. In fact, the fundamental principles of our country include tolerance of diversity and freedom of expression and personal beliefs.
It is utterly inappropriate to publicly assert moral superiority based on one’s religious views, especially with the self-righteousness expressed in these letters. I respect anyone’s right to believe in a divine entity, but quoting biblical references to “sinners” in a public forum is narrow-minded and insulting.
The Christian Bible is neither a universal moral compass nor the law of the land. Millions of Americans identify as secular, agnostic, atheist, Buddhist, Islamic, Jewish, Hindu or other humanists. Millions more may be loosely included under the LGBTQ umbrella and simply wish to be treated with fairness and respect like any other citizen.
Publicly insulting those who disagree with your particular religion or sexual orientation is hurtful and dehumanizing. So please, when weighing in on issues that apply to all of us, do not use “God” in your arguments.
Last week’s two letters were imbued with hostility, fear, and a holier-than-thou attitude.
Please try to open your heart and mind. Show compassion and tolerance towards everyone, especially those who may be different from you and who have suffered cruel and unjust treatment for no good reason.
Isn’t that what God and Jesus would want?
wait and pray
As a longtime McMinnville resident, active community member, pediatric physical therapist, mother of elementary school students, and wife of a middle school teacher, I am deeply concerned about the impacts of gun violence – and will continue to have – in Yamhill County.
Over the past weekend, I have been deeply moved by the 96 children, parents, educators, mental health clinicians, speakers and community support staff who marched down Third Street to respond to the urgent need for greater protection for our local youth.
If you are an active Oregon voter, please consider common sense gun laws. Visit the Lift Every Voice Oregon website or the Yamhill Democratic Office and sign the IP 17 petition by July 8 to put gun safety on the November ballot.
It is a cry for help from mothers who are tired of waiting and praying.
There is a quote from Clarence Kelland on fatherhood, which I often refer to:
“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it.
As the father of three children, two of whom are in primary school, I am always thinking about their safety and well-being. More than anything, I want to know that they are protected and cared for so they can focus on their schoolwork – and being kids.
This is never more evident than now.
While I hope they are safe at school and that their minds are nourished, I am also responsible for making sure their bodies are nourished. That’s why our family chose to raise their children on a plant-based diet.
A whole, plant-based diet is optimal for all stages of human development.
Meat, dairy and eggs fuel heart disease and cancer in children as young as 10 years old. With a range of plant-based food options now available, raising vegan kids is easier than ever.
As parents, we have a responsibility to care for our children throughout their lives and to lead by example. On this Father’s Day, choose compassion for our shared future.