INCO joins thousands of Oregonians outraged that Republican legislators refuse to do their jobs. Here is INCO'S letter to the editor to regional newspapers and to our state senator, Suzanne Weber. We urge you to write her, to firstname.lastname@example.org - - - - - - - - - -
Most of us want our elected leaders to work together for the common good. We were excited to see that our state legislators were addressing pressing issues facing Oregonians and real solutions seemed likely.
So, how devastating that all this came to a screeching halt because Republican legislators walked out, breaking their oath of office. Even though 94% of the bills seeing action this session have bipartisan support, these important bills are frozen. These bills deal with healthcare, constitutional rights, broadband funding, domestic terrorism, wildfire risk reduction, workforce education, and more.
We are discouraged that our state senator, Suzanne Weber, chose to walk out of the legislature with her GOP colleagues rather than stay and do the people’s business – work they are paid to do by the taxpayers. These walkouts are performative childish tantrums designed to undermine the democratic process.
Oregonians deserve better and voted last year to limit these obstructive walkouts. That ballot initiative, Measure 113, passed with the support of a majority in every state senate district. How appalling that the Republican legislators show such contempt for their constituents.
We hope that by the time this letter is printed, the Republicans are back at work and committed to fulfilling their duties.
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"The future is bigger than our imaginations. It’s unimaginable, and then it comes anyway. To meet it we need to keep going, to walk past what we can imagine. We need to be unstoppable. And here’s what it takes: you don’t stop walking to congratulate yourself; you don’t stop walking to wallow in despair; you don’t stop because your own life got too comfortable or too rough; you don’t stop because you won; you don’t stop because you lost. There’s more to win, more to lose, others who need you.
"You don’t stop walking because there is no way forward. Of course there is no way. You walk the path into being, you make the way, and if you do it well, others can follow the route. You look backward to grasp the long history you’re moving forward from, the paths others have made, the road you came in on. You look forward to possibility. That’s what we mean by hope, and you look past it into the impossible and that doesn’t stop you either. But mostly you just walk, right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot. That’s what makes you unstoppable." -- Rebecca Solnit, "What Comes After Hope," 2013
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