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Are we really doing science here, or do we just like to use the word?
t has been over a year since Governor Kate Brown announced her pick of Oregon doctors to serve on the Western Statesâ€™ Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. The group was formed to do an â€œindependent review on the safety and efficacy of any vaccine approved by the FDA for distribution.â€ Governor Brown said, â€œThe independent review conducted by this panel of doctors, scientists, and health experts will ensure that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone...[and] to guide the review of any vaccine approved by the FDA.â€
The panel of Democrat western states governors and the driving force behind its formation is political. They didn't trust President Trump administration's FDA to perform an expert review for approval of the vaccine. Even though the FDA is staffed with experts, the western states governors made it a political showing to protest President Trump. The Workgroup doesnâ€™t do anything more than read the FDA filing from pharmaceuticals to determine if they are believable. They do not test, examine or investigate content of the vaccines. They have no data to make a judgement, so how scientific is their review? it's a show that is cheated out of an ending.
Governor Brown writes, â€œthese top health experts will review any vaccine that receives federal approval and verify its safety before California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada will make the vaccine available to the public.â€ â€œThe workgroup will conduct a review of available data to ensure safety and effectiveness.â€ What is the available data? How is the effectiveness determined without outside testing?
Even though the workgroup is completely unnecessary to have another layer of approval on top of the FDA approval, the western states seem to have created the workgroup to support each other in rolling out mandates that are unconstitutional. The more they test the constitution, they create a precedent in peopleâ€™s minds that convinces them they are legal.
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n addition to the Western Statesâ€™ Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, the Oregon Health Authority formed a Vaccine Advisory Committeeâ€“â€“a decision-making group that worked with OHA to co-created a vaccine distribution plan that prioritizes communities most affected by COVID-19 and those impacted by past and current health inequities. It guides community engagement strategies to build trust and increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. However, transparency hasnâ€™t been forthcoming.
It's only recently that CDC has posted the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines that the manufactures reported. The statistics on possible side effects is still hidden from the public. CDC does list possible side effects including myocarditis and pericarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle and outer lining, in adolescents and young adults as being higher after getting the second dose.
OHA filed, December 11, 2021, a hearing on January 24, 2022, for two proposed rules. One exempts health care staff from vaccine mandates if they have had COVID-19 or for religious reasons. The second proposed rule requires wearing face coverings in health care settings. Instructions on how to participate
are on the filing.
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â€œThere is no epidemiological reason to force vaccinate 5-11-year-old children â€
hile attention is being drawn to Oregon Health Authority rulemaking to make masking permanent under the direction of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, in a sly move, OHA has launched amendments to a more controversial rule effectively mandating the COVID vaccines for school and daycare children. With little to no transparency, no media coverage, only one virtual public meeting held in November that was buried from the public, their unethical maneuvering is being exposed.
OHA is trying to hide their lack of authority by tying a COVID vaccine mandate to a school and childcare exclusion. OAR 333-019-0010 and OAR 333-019-1005 effectively grants unelected members of OHA the authority to â€œdetermineâ€ if a vaccine, such as the 5-11-year-old COVID-19 immunization, should be added to the list of vaccine requirements, and it allows OHA to set an arbitrary â€œSchool Exclusionâ€ date pressuring all students to meet or be â€œExcludedâ€ from in-person attendance at school if they do not comply. However, the required list of immunizations is approved by the legislature with one exclusion date established, and, by law, Oregon has medical and non-medical exemptions for children.
The Stand For Health Freedom lists the damage they have â€œunearthed,â€ so far. The proposed rule changes:
- do not require that OHA offer Exemptions, as is currently required by law for all other immunizations.
- adjusts or removes definitions for natural immunity, attempting to create a new definition for immunity to effectively be vaccine-induced-only with the requirement to show proof.
- lays the groundwork to exclude anyone who already has established natural immunity or individuals who wish to exercise the right to decline a medical treatment.
- prevents any methodology from testing to use the â€œTest to Stayâ€ option outlined by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
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These rules are attempting to do what SB 442 (2015), HB 3063 (2019), and SB 254 (2021) have all failed to do, which is to mandate immunization as a prerequisite to attend school in Oregon and openly discriminate against students and families who exercise their right to decline. Out of all the issues that have been protested against at the state capitol, medical freedom tops the list. These bills drew hundreds of furious families out to protect their children.
he Stand For Health Freedom organization says there is no epidemiological reason to force vaccinate 5-11-year-old children as the risks from Covid are lower than the risk of vaccine injury. Pfizerâ€™s own research verifies this fact, but executives and CDC officials moved forward with the mass vaccination of children anyway. Now the Pfizer wants 75 years to release their data burying trial results.
CDC does list possible side effects
for the COVID vaccines including myocarditis and pericarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle and outer lining, in adolescents and young adults as being higher after getting the second dose. This isnâ€™t as rare as theyâ€™d like you to believe. Even CDCâ€™s website says 1-10 cases of myocarditis per 100,000 persons occurs among young people in the United States adjusted for the 7-day risk period â€“ meaning it is higher during the first 7 days after vaccination, which is when most cases occur. Why would government mandate an experimental practice?
Stand For Health Freedom has made available easy messaging to OHA, Governor and legislators
. The deadline for public comment if 5pm December 14, 2021.
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More to be spent on emergency rental assistance
he Joint Interim Committee
met December 11 in preparation for the
second Special Session in 2021. The primary reason for the session was
a push by Tina Kotek to help renters who face eviction. She is waging
for an opportunity to put her leadership skills upfront and center to
boost her visibility as a governor candidate.
However, the meeting Saturday only proved what Representative David
Brock Smith said, â€œto get resources to Oregonians that need them and
condemns the purely political fanfare of a Special Session as their hail
mary attempt to cover up their disasters in leadership.â€
As the meeting neared the two-hour mark on LC 9 related to emergency
rental assistance, testimony was halted to the end of the hearing, but it
was clear that Kotekâ€™s reasons for her push was blowing up. Testimony
after testimony spoke of the Oregon Housing and Community Services
Department failure to process the applications that were already
It was stated that only four percent of the applications had
been processed. Testimony from both rental owners and tenants were
of unprocessed applications waiting for payment.
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Department and their failure to get needed checks to workers that lost
their jobs due to her closing businesses and industries in Oregon.
â€œBusinesses continue to be crippled by a lack of workforce and data
from other states clearly shows that an end to their eviction
moratoriums had evictions lower than pre-pandemic numbers.
An extension will only increase existing fraud within the system, hasten
inflation, perpetuate a lack of workforce and add to the looming
recession facing Oregon. What we need is Oregonians to have the
ability to get back to work, not this political posturing by the Governor
and her Democrats. The Speakerâ€™s Gubernatorial campaign doesnâ€™t
need another headline of broken promises,â€ said Rep. Brock Smith.
There may be other more important reasons for a second special
session. Potential legislative concepts that were discussed are:
- Drought Relief Policy
- Illegal Cannabis Grows Policy
- Emergency Rental Assistance Policy
- Related Appropriations
Mondayâ€™s session will tell whether any of the testimony impacted the
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Asking for a friend who is really upset with Governor Brown
According to the New York Times
Oregon is one of five states that has a statewide mask mandate. Nine states have banned local mask mandates. Why does Oregon, who prides itself as a policy leader on so many issues, lag on this one?
According to Representative David Brock Smith (R-Port Orford), â€œContrary to the Governorâ€™s recent maskless escapades back east, sheâ€™s currently directing the Oregon Health Authority to draft permanent mask rules. Oregonâ€™s current mask rules do not allow any number of unmasked individuals in indoor spaces while not actively eating or drinking. Oregonians are ready to move forward, get back to work and grow our economies, they are not fans of the â€˜do as I say, not as I doâ€™ mentality.â€
Promises broken is not new for Governor Brown. What Oregonians thought was a clear roadmap to reopening the economy and discarding those infecting masks once 70 percent of adults were vaccinated was achieved in late June. But, here we are facing permanent masking rules without any real correlation between the vaccinated and new COVID cases
At Thanksgiving OHA said new cases were down and infection were down too. Pat Allen, director, said â€œa steady drop in new infections during the past month allowed for a lifting of Oregonâ€™s order mandating masks in large public gatherings outdoors.â€ Now that they are claiming success due to high vaccination rates, why not give Oregonians the option.
conducted a study of cases over 229-days found that mask mandates are actually counterproductive. Even though conducted on the original COVID-19, variants have had smaller particles making the study more valid. The difference on a daily average was 10 cases more in states with mask mandates.
OHA established a Rules Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from faith-based organizations and the hospitality sector they claim covers stakeholders. The discussion was to get agreement on implementing the â€œindefinitely permanentâ€ proposed rule. The â€œpermanentâ€ nature of the rule is because the law doesnâ€™t allow for a temporary rule to go beyond 180 days. Their response is that it can be repeal at any time.
The public is skeptical that the rule is legal, and tends not to believe OHAâ€™s assurance that the rule will be terminated when no longer needed. It does seem that reduced cases over the past month warrants a termination of masks now, especially since the Omicron variant has light flu-like symptoms. So, if not now, when?
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Teachers are withdrawing their membership from unions
he Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon School Board
Association (OSBA) and Coalition of Oregon School Administrators
(COSA) met to work together on a roster of bills:
- Board and Superintendent Professional Learning Bill
- Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative Bill
- Superintendent Contract Protections Bill
- Funding for Wildfire Impacted Districts Bill
These bills include what was SB 334
in the 2021 session. The planned
difference is to give unelected superintendents more power than the
elected school board and limits the authority of the school board from
firing the superintendent without cause. This will protect
superintendents to follow the framework that ODE suggestions
including what is put forth in SB 334 regardless of the school board and
Senator Rob Wagner (D-Lake Oswego) and
Representative Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro) sponsored SB 334 in 2021
to require minimum professional learning and training for leadership
positions that is under the control of ODE.
Their control suggests
training in controversial areas of equity, diversity and sexual identity to
be decided at ODE outside of local input as the law requires.
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The bill listed training to include the basics for critical race theory:
- Prohibitions against discrimination, including requirements for
compliance with ORS 659.850
- Methods for promoting inclusion and for eliminating racism and
bias in the classroom and the workplace
- Methods for achieving equitable academic outcomes for all
- Failure to provide specified training causes the school district to
be nonstandard and in jeopardy of losing funding under ORS
he Coalition of Oregon School Administrators and the Oregon School
Board Association provided an amendment to SB 334.that eliminated
the CRT content and focused on collaboration to strengthen the
partnership between boards and superintendents to enhance student
success. They eliminated the threat and replaced it with a self-
assessment of the adopted plan every two years that gives each board
the flexibility for local decision making. It remains to be seen whether
the proposed legislation will include these amendments.
The amendment may have had good intentions, but it still allowed ODE
to control the training and framework to include CRT elements. How
much input are parents really allowed? This framework eliminates
feedback from parents when it is dictated by ODE. When parents object
in numbers, it made the news when the National Association of School
Boards proposed making parents that demonstrate domestic terrorists.
ODE wants to not just silence parentsâ€™ voices, but handicap school
boards from disciplining administration when not following the board
directives. As of November, Oregon school districts filed 29 openings
for school superintendents this year. Recently there were three
superintendents removed from their positions.
- Adrian School District Superintendent Kevin Purnell for mandating
- Newberg Superintendent Joe Morelock for not enforcing a ban on
political flags in classrooms
- Greater Albany Public Schools District fired Superintendent
Melissa Goff to resolve a polarizing situation
r. Sue Reike-Smith, Superintendent of Tigard Tualatin School District,
made national news when students forced her hand to address racial
slurs at Tigard High School by walking out. The video that instigated the
walkout was racist and needs addressing. However, Suzanne Gallagher,
Executive Director of Parentsâ€™ Rights in Education, says â€œDr. Sueâ€ is
telling students if someone says anything offensive to you, the one
saying it should be punished. Those remarks have inspired students to
ask for those responsible be expelled for what they do on their own
time. That is unlawful, and goes against the First Amendment and
Discrimination statutes. Since the video was made on school break, the
superintendent is not responsible for speech outside her domain and
giving students the wrong guidance puts her leadership into question.
It may be poor ODE leadership that is ultimately causing teachers to
withdraw their membership from unions including Oregon Education
Association (OEA). More then 1,100 have terminated their membership
as a result of Freedom Foundation efforts informing employees of
political and social stances the unions have taken that seems to be
carrying out the agenda of ODE.
Teachers see the cry of parents that OEA, OSBA, COSA and ODE seem to
ignore for the political agenda of state leaders.
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Community-based organizations will receive funding
Oregon Health Authorityâ€™s Public Health Division has announced a new funding opportunity for community-based organizations.
OHA has released a request for grant applications from community-based organizations that will create partnerships with communities of color, Tribal communities, disability communities, immigrant and refugee communities, undocumented communities, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, LGBTQ2SIA+ communities, faith communities, older adults, houseless communities and others.
The funding will supposedly support community-based organizations as an important part of Oregonâ€™s public health system working toward equity.
OHA says their strategic goal is to eliminate health inequities by 2030.
OHA has available more than $31 million in funding provided by eight Public Health Division programs, including:
- Adolescent and School Health, $2 million
- Commercial Tobacco Prevention, $20 million
- Public Health Modernization (Environmental Public Health and Climate Change, Climate Change Health Impacts, Communicable Disease Prevention and Emergency Preparedness), $8.6 million
- HIV, STD, TB Prevention and Treatment, $225,000
- Overdose Prevention, $140,000
- ScreenWise (breast and cervical cancer detection and services), Patient Navigation and Barrier Reduction, $100,000
On the website, the public can view program activities eligible for funding. Community-based organizations can apply online using the website
. Paper applications are also available and can be downloaded from the website.
Grant applications can be submitted now through Jan. 31, 2022. OHA welcomes applications from organizations of all sizes and perspectives, especially those that are new and have not received funding from OHA before.
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Calls out â€œfailures of the Governor and her Democrat Supermajorityâ€
Representative David Brock Smith (R-Port Orford) calls out the failures of the Governor and her Democrat Supermajority to get resources to Oregonians that need them and condemns the purely political fanfare of a Special Session as their hail mary attempt to cover up their disasters in leadership.
â€œRepublicans have solved this issue more than once for Oregonians, with nearly $360 million dollars allocated that includes over $70 million to administration costs for dollars to get to tenants and landlordsâ€ said Rep. Brock Smith. â€œThe failure of the Governorâ€™s Oregon Housing and Community Services Department to get these resources out the door is reminiscent of her disastrous Employment Department and their failure to get needed checks to workers that lost their jobs due to her closing businesses and industries in Oregon.â€
There are a number of budgetary items on the list for a Special Meeting tomorrow (Saturday) to be heard by a Special Committee appointed by the Speaker and Senate President, to then come to a Monday Special Session. The ONLY piece that needs legislation is the extension of the Eviction Moratorium.
â€œExtending the eviction moratorium is unnecessary and disruptiveâ€, said Rep. Brock Smith. â€œContrary to the Governorâ€™s recent maskless escapades back east, sheâ€™s currently directing her agencies to draft permanent mask rules. Oregonians are ready to move forward, get back to work and grow our economies, they are not fans of the â€˜do as I say, not as I doâ€™ mentality. There is no need for a special session and legislation to extend the moratorium as everyone to date that has applied for relief are in the que and if eligible for rental assistance, are covered. The other needed resources for drought relief, illegal cannabis enforcement and additional rent assistance dollars can be allocated through the Legislative Emergency Board that can meet at any time.â€
â€œBusinesses continue to be crippled by a lack of workforce and data from other states clearly shows that an end to their eviction moratoriums had evictions lower than pre-pandemic numbers. An extension will only increase existing fraud within the system, hasten inflation, perpetuate a lack of workforce and add to the looming recession facing Oregon. What we need is Oregonians to have the ability to get back to work, not this political posturing by the Governor and her Democrats. The Speakerâ€™s Gubernatorial campaign doesnâ€™t need another headline of broken promises. In fact, if the Legislature is going to allocate more resources to help renters and landlords, they should give them to Gubernatorial Candidate, State Treasurer Read. He would definitely get them out to Oregonians with the proper information and he could surely use a headline.â€
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â€œI will hold Joe Biden accountable and offer real solutionsâ€
ormer Oregon National Guard soldier and U.S. Congressional Candidate for Oregonâ€™s 4th Congressional Candidate Alek Skarlatos released the following statement regarding record-high inflation.
â€œPresident Joe Biden and the Democrats who run Washington, have been on a spending binge that has created the highest inflation surge since 1982,â€ said Alek Skarlatos. â€œThroughout Oregon, gas prices are near $4.00 a gallon, the cost to heat our homes and buy groceries continue to rise and itâ€™s clear Joe Bidenâ€™s tax-and-spend agenda is not working. If elected, I will hold Joe Biden accountable and offer real solutions to lower the cost of consumer goods and energy bills.â€
Inflation surged 6.8% in November, even more than expected
, to the fastest rate since 1982. â€œInflation accelerated at its fastest pace since 1982 in November, the Labor Department said Friday, putting pressure on the economic recovery and raising the stakes for the Federal Reserve. The consumer price index, which measures the cost of a wide-ranging basket of goods and services, rose 0.8% for the month, good for a 6.8% pace on a year over year basis and the fastest rate since June 1982. Excluding food and energy prices, so-called core CPI was up 0.5% for the month and 4.9% from a year ago, which itself was the sharpest pickup since mid-1991.â€
Economist Larry Summers says
Joe Bidenâ€™s White House misread inflation. â€œLarry Summers, a former top economic adviser to President Obama, said Wednesday that President Biden's White House has been â€˜behind the curveâ€™ in their predictions about rising prices during the coronavirus pandemic. â€˜I think that the policymakers in Washington unfortunately have almost every month been behind the curve,â€™ Summers said on CNN. â€˜They said it was transitory; it doesnâ€™t look so transitory. They said it was due to a few specific factors; doesnâ€™t look to be a few specific factors. They said when September came and people went back to school, that the labor force would grow, and it didnâ€™t happen.â€™â€
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â€œHurry up on payment programs!â€
s the Legislature prepares to convene Monday for a special session, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) expressed support for the special session priority list outlined by Governor Brown, saying, â€œWe have a proposal before us to keep thousands of Oregonians from losing their housing while rental assistance is on the way. I applaud the two legislative housing chairs -- Rep. Julie Fahey and Senator Kayse Jama â€“ for their ongoing work to address this crisis. Next week, we must honor our commitment to keep Oregonians housed.â€
Despite making housing a priority during her tenure as speaker, Speaker Kotek has presided over a serious crisis in housing availability and affordability, some say caused by the very policies that she has supported and encouraged.
Despite record-low unemployment in Oregon, Democrats in state government continue to push taxpayer-funded rental assistance. Public assistance programs for renters have been criticized as poorly managed
Multifamily NW, a housing provider advocacy organization of residential property managers, owners, and vendors throughout Portland, Southern Washington, and down through the Willamette Valley to Medford has produced a rental survey
. Some of the comments made by respondents reflect the frustration with rental assistance program follow through at Oregon Housing and Community Services.
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One said, â€œPeople are starting the assistance applications but not finishing. Many people paying after applying for assistance and then receiving large assistance checks that give more than 3 future rent payments credit on accounts and cannot get a hold of Home Forward to find out what to do with excess funds.â€
According to another, â€œMany residents are taking advantage of the rental assistance programs. We have found many residents, carrying high delinquency balances, are fully employed, but choosing to work the system to avoid paying rent.â€
One finel, desperate respondent said, simply, â€œHurry up on payment programs!â€
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Are we still doing science?
Governor Kate Brown is relying on the Western States Scientific Review Workgroup to support her agenda for Health Smart Cards. The workgroup, made up of nationally-acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunization and public health, has concurrently and independently reviewed the FDAâ€™s actions related to COVID-19 vaccines. What isnâ€™t apparent is that the workgroup, even though stacked with qualified people, simply does what any analyst could do -- read the reports sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by pharmaceuticals. There is no investigation by the workgroup. Ironically, the workgroup was convened in 2020 by several governors of western states because they did not trust the Trump administration
to provide adequate scientific oversight of the vaccine approval process.
In the wake of Governor Brown announcing boosters are now approved by the workgroup for 16- and 17-year-olds, the FDA and Pfizer are being exposed for not being transparent. Her decision follows the FDA requesting courts to hide Pfizerâ€™s Covid-19 vaccine data
for 55 years that reports 1,223 death and 158,000 adverse reactions including fetal deaths and spontaneous abortions during a 90-day trial study of the vaccine.
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As a result of vaccine mandates, Governor Brown still has serious problems at Oregon State Hospital having posted 12,382 vacancies. Taxpayers are supporting boosted pay by an extra $18 per hour not counting overtime to retain workers. She approved continued Oregon National Guard deployments of approximately 1,000 crisis response and other medical personnel for understaffed hospitals and the Oregon State Hospital through the end of December. Contract extension was also approved for Jogan Health Solutions staffing through mid-January 2022, covering pediatric and adult behavioral healthcare residential treatment programs, emergency staffing for hospitals with acute COVID-related needs, emergency medical services, long-term care facilities, vaccine hubs, homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other programs.
Oregon has spent more than $90 million to provide emergency staffing needs across the state. Some say that the solution is simple. Some say it could all be resolved if Governor Brown would terminate the vaccine mandate and adhere to three federal court rulings striking down vaccine mandates by the Biden administration.
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Want to address drought and public safety as well as housing
After repeated failures by Oregonâ€™s housing department to timely implement a rental assistance program, Senate Republicans are pushing for a bipartisan agreement to fix the problem and protect landlords and renters.
â€œWhen we first started, we were miles apart,â€ said Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend). â€œWe were not willing to entertain coming in to pass legislation that we believed would do long-term damage to the rental housing market. Senate Republicans have voted numerous times to extend rental protections over the last 2 years. We werenâ€™t interested in doing it again unless we had a bipartisan deal that would fix the problem at the housing department and ensure housing providers would be made whole.â€
As part of the agreement, $5 million will be directed to the Oregon Housing and Community Services to speed up the processing of assistance applications. $10 million will be placed into the Landlord Guarantee Fund, which will ensure housing providers are made whole if a renter who applied for assistance is not eligible. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program will be replenished with $100 million to ensure those who have already applied will get assistance. The assistance application portal may reopen to spend any additional money left over. Another $100 million will go to local agencies for eviction prevention programs.
The safe harbor provisions passed in SB 278
will be available to renters who apply for assistance by June 30, 2022. Those protections will last until the application is processed, or September 30, 2022, whichever is sooner. Then the program will come to an end.
At the request of Senate Republicans, Mondayâ€™s session will also include important emergency legislation to support public safety and clamp down on illegal marijuana operations in Southern Oregon; a $99.725 million drought package to help farmers and ranchers recover from this summer's heatwave; money to support incoming Afgan refugees, and affordable housing investment in targeted areas.
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â€œSpecial sessions are for emergencies,â€ Senator Knopp continued. â€œThese additional bills will address urgent problems facing Oregonians. The illegal marijuana situation in Southern Oregon is absolutely an emergency. The drug cartels are committing murder, stealing water, assaulting Oregonians, and engaging in human trafficking. Law enforcement needs our support to stop these dangerous operations.
â€œOregonâ€™s farmers and ranchers were hit hard by the heatwave this summer. The resources included in the drought package are going to do a lot of good. Our economy relies on a robust agricultural sector. We need to come together for them.
Representative Christine Drazan (R-Canby) called for new leadership at the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department, citing the agencyâ€™s repeated failures to implement Oregonâ€™s emergency rental assistance program.
Representative Drazan urged Governor Brown to dismiss the current director and to respond to calls from housing providers to take concrete steps to address the agencyâ€™s systemic problems in advance of next weekâ€™s Special Session of the Oregon Legislature.
â€œThe rollout and implementation of this much needed program has been grossly inadequate for struggling renters and landlords alike, who were promised relief but instead have been expected to wait patiently while the bills pile up,â€ said Representative Drazan. â€œEven today, thousands of promised checks have yet to be delivered. Oregonians should not have to keep waiting while this agency continues to underperform and put stable housing at risk. It is time for Governor Brown to take responsibility for this failure and appoint new leadership within the agency instead of simply throwing millions more taxpayer dollars at the program and expecting different results.â€
â€œOregonians need a functioning agency,â€ she continued. â€œI urge Governor Brown to take decisive action to fix this broken program and remove Director Salazar immediately.â€
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â€œWe arenâ€™t even helping kids pass classes because the focus has been lostâ€
Editor's note: The following is an anonymous letter from a Newberg School District parent.
ecently, I made the tough decision to take the last of my 4 children out of the public school system. I have always been a strong believer that we are our best advocates for our kids, and so we have looked for what worked best to help each child excel and reach their full potential.
Iâ€™m not sure what happened over the last few years, but the climate has completely changed in the public schools in Newberg, and Iâ€™ve had enough. The focus has shifted from academics to Pride Flags and BLM support. I personally have always and still do love and support the gay community as well as all people, no matter the color of their skin, religion, etc. I believe access to public education should be welcoming to all of the public. My kids are not pawns, and neither are your kids, your grandkids, nor our future leaders who are simply little kids right now.
When the middle school art class was asked to paint projects that are rainbow pieces to put throughout the school, the steps are painted in rainbows, the lights in the halls are rainbow colors, and the principals are wearing rainbow lanyards or pins, it makes any parent wonder what the focus is at the schools. When I know girls arenâ€™t using the bathrooms at school because they are now genderless bathrooms, I worry about safety and access. When my middle school child was asked how she identifies gender wise by a teacher and asked to list her pronouns, she was confused.
When my high school child's class was asked who was vaccinated and who was not, I saw division created and medical privacy violated. When I read that the American Flag was too controversial and was removed from a classroom, I saw blatant infraction of the law. When my sonâ€™s English class was assigned a short story to read involving a gay 5th grader daydreaming about the professionals he would have sex with, such as policemen and fire fighters as well as referencing clitorectomies, I was appalled. When I saw a teacher creating Tik Toks to show all the Pride things in her classroom, I knew this teacher cared more about her message than my kids' education. When I saw the things counselors and staff said on Facebook, I knew my kids could not safely go to their counselors for unbiased help with anything.
When I know that recall signature sheets and flyers are being passed in the schools during school hours, and the leadership, including the superintendent, allows more and more material into the schools that has nothing to do with academics, I know my kids are no longer in a place where learning is the focus.
I continue to wholly support the gay community and BIPOC, but we arenâ€™t even helping kids pass classes because the focus has been lost. Doesnâ€™t it feel like the kids, regardless of identity or color, are being used as pawns to further the divide? This is about learning, and our schools are failing our kids and generations to come. We owe it to our children to do better and be better.
--A Newberg School District Parent
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