On Wednesday, May 1, I sat in the library and read the paper, along with the editorial/opinion section.
When I looked around the library, I noticed so many magazine covers that defaced Donald Trump, defaced the president of the United States of America. I saw hate in their words, hate in their illustrations. It made me very sad, and it made me want to weep.
I read Sam Case fifth grader Madison Smallwood’s letter to the editor emulating our city council and mayor. It was very well written; still, it makes me want to weep. I pray Madison’s parents take her on a road trip to see the beauty of America. I just returned from a 2,000-mile road trip, and I saw only one plastic bag float across the freeway. I did not see one mountain made of plastic bags that are taking over our planet.
When I was in the fifth grade, we learned about government, the Constitution and how America became great. The honor and privilege to vote kept our land free. To me, this is the power granted each American citizen.
At Sam Case School, are students taught about socialism, community, dictatorships, fascists? What the mayor and city council voted to do is the perfect definition of fascist.
I would emulate a mayor and city council who cared about the torn up streets all over town and the unpaved, graveled roads kicking up dust in residential areas. This makes animals and people sick. I have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
An insight to ponder: when I was in college in California in the early 1970s, students from Berkley chained themselves to trees over paper bags. Good, caring people used plastic to save a tree.
In response to Bob Folkers (Siletz) letter in the same edition (“Magnetic pole is moving”), I found it very well written. I get it.