Dallas needs better reps

I speculate that thoughtful voters expect their governmental representative to be rational, clear thinking individuals. Sadly, the the area around Dallas, Oregon, not Independence, has drawn two short straws at the same time.

First there is Rep. (Mike) Nearman who believes he is well above the law and willing to put members of state government at risk by letting his foggy thinking right wing scofflaws into the Capitol Building in spite of a security order prohibiting same. Now, his foggy thinkers believe he should be exonerated for his actions because these scofflaws were actually just good old boys wanting to observe the workings of government close up, much like the rioters on Jan. 6, 2021. Of course as good citizens, they brought bear spray with themselves in case they were attacked by bears in the Capitol.

Second we have a local state senator who is so suspicious that when he is respectfully addressed as Senator Boquist by law enforcement officers who have just arrested his son for DUII, he decides that the arrest is a political vendetta. He follows his conclusion up by filing complaints against various people and demands the police body camera video so he can analyze it; I presume to bolster the imagined wrongdoing.

It surely would be nice of these two representatives of government would actually represent all of us to the best of their ability rather than dancing off to tilt at windmills.

Cliff Brown

Dallas

Jan. 6 should be investigated

The Senate republicans under spineless Mitch McConnell have shown their true craven and cowardly nature by blocking the bipartisan congressional commission intended to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection and violent attack on our US Capitol. The Republicans were all for investigating Benghazi over and over. They even investigated their own investigator in the case of the Mueller probe.

But when it comes to investigate an insurrection in our nation’s capitol instigated by the Putin-wanna-be in the White House, McConnell and the GOP want to ignore what we all saw on the news, whitewash the facts about the violence and gloss over an attempted coup. (That’s not too strong a word considering the attackers’ stated intent was to disrupt and overturn our presidential election.)

So many questions need to be answered. Why were the Capitol Police so under-manned when warnings of potential violence were being broadcast? Why did it take so long for the National Guard to be deployed? Was there collusion between the rioters and members of Congress? Was intelligence about the planning and organization of the attack suppressed by Homeland Security or the Justice Department?

Why are the Republicans more concerned with the 2022 midterm elections than they are about the truth?

Jonathan Jay

Independence

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