No government has ever said “we’ll come to your private home, and arrest you” for having a family dinner.
Madam Mayor, Councilors and Keizer city staff,
First of all I want to address the ongoing issue of the “statement of values”. I believe the
statement of values for our great city should be very clear, very concise and very
“ALL people shall be treated with dignity and respect.” PERIOD.
ALL means ALL. If we must resort to listing specific people or groups, then “all” loses its
meaning and strength. I believe Keizer is the most “welcoming to ALL” city in Oregon
and I’m proud to be a Keizer resident.
This then leads me to the topic that is THE most important tonight that we as citizens of
Keizer and the State of Oregon should be discussing: The Governor’s latest orders.
No government leader in the history of the United States has ever said “we’ll come to
your house, your private home, cite and/or arrest you” for having a family dinner. Just
think about that for a moment. There are people present here tonight who represent
families that have 6 or 8 or even 10 or 12 or more. To ask them to not get together for
the grand celebration that is Thanksgiving, is something I can’t believe I’m even
hearing. It’s not only unconstitutional, and unheard of but in my estimation, it represents
inequality and inequity at its most heinous and isn’t that what the statement of values
that’s been discussed here in council chambers is supposed to be all about?
Add to that the plight of the workers. That hundreds if not thousands of hard working,
lower wage people, perhaps as early as this Wednesday will lose their jobs is so
heartless and callous, I can hardly believe it. What also stuns me, as a Representative
in the Oregon Legislature, one third of the three branches of government... The
Executive branch has “weaponized” a state agency (Oregon OSHA) without input or
frankly anything from the Legislative branch. OSHA has “police powers” that even
supersede the REAL police! Our Governor has turned Oregonians against Oregonians.
I do not want to put the city of Keizer into an awkward or uncomfortable situation but I
am asking the council to consider making Keizer a truly
welcoming place... for workers
and employers. For businesses. For families. I am asking that we as a community just
ignore this latest order. That Keizer be a shining example of hope for Oregon.
I am asking my fellow Keizerites to be smart. Wear your mask when appropriate. Keep
your distance when you can. Cover your mouth when coughing. Wash your hands.. a
lot! Do the things that we all know are safe and effective at stopping the spread of this
virus. Just don’t let that common sense go out the window by not having your family and
friends over for dinner. Celebrate Thanksgiving as you see fit and as the founders of
this nation meant: in freedom.
--State Representative Bill Post
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