Letters, March 13

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    Taxpayers shouldn’t pay

    We/Oregon taxpayers are footing the $1.1 million bill for some lawmakers’ sexual harassment wrongdoings, we read Saturday. This is simply wrong; taxpayers should not pay for the transgressions of our elected officials.

    There is minimal accountability for lawmakers in this action, and the lawmakers involved are not being held to the same standards we ask of our citizenry. The individuals involved are not paying their legal fees nor fines, we taxpayers are.

    This is yet another disillusioning example of elected officials not playing by the same rules that citizens are asked to obey. Legislators need to participate in a level playing field with citizens, with no special treatment, and pay for their personal misbehaviors. It undermines our democracy to provide special privileges such as this to elected officials.

    If you agree, write your elected state representative and senator and tell them that you hold your elected officials accountable for their actions; misbehavers should pay for their transgressions, not Oregon citizens.

    Susan Roudebush and Kent Pressman


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