Letters and Op-Eds

Welcome to the OFIR Letters and Op-Eds section.  Here you can read Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds that have been published in various newspapers and news sources.

Gabriel P. Reid
Register Guard

People will always find fault in anything and everything that even remotely goes against their own agenda or the agenda of a collective that they are a party to. For years, everyone screamed about George W. Bush, then about Barack Obama, then a year after the 2012 elections everybody from both sides was jumping ship and identifying as “independent.”

It’s no fluke that Donald Trump’s unprecedented rise to power went nearly without challenge. It’s no mistake he won the presidency. More people voted for this man than will ever admit it because he worked for, and earned, the title that he now holds. This man drew record crowds and rewrote the rules of engagement where geopolitical warfare is concerned. He alienated himself from the establishment being a part of the “establishment” himself and used every trick in the book to convince electors that he was the answer to a troubled and divided nation. And he is.

We can argue and debate the semantics of his candidacy all we want. But thus far the man has accomplished more than many are willing to admit.

For the first time in a long time, the American people are engaged in this nation’s politics. We are looking at, talking about, and addressing many issues that are extremely important to this nation but often easily overlooked.

We can only wait and see what comes next. I myself am optimistic. Love him or hate him, agree with him or not, he is inadvertently doing exactly what an American president should be doing.


Jerry Marr
Statesman Journal

Our state legislators are trying to find ways to fill a $1.7 billion deficit.

Our roads are going to pot, our schools are seriously underfunded and there are a lot more worthy expenses that need funding. Now our state’s leadership wants us to become a sanctuary state and lose our federal funding.

Breaking the law is just that: breaking the law.

Let’s get our own financial budgets in order first, then consider other needs. I wouldn’t go borrow money to help someone intentionally breaking the law and let my own family go without food or rent.

Let’s get real. Leaders, do the job the people voted you into office for. Please fund the needs of the citizens of the state of Oregon first.


Richard Methvin
Statesman Journal

How can we have a $1.7 billion deficit that the Legislature is trying to deal with while our governor is telling the federal authorities that Oregon does not need any federal aid?

The deficit can only result in cutting services and entitlements, regardless of how much taxes are added on. But apparently, the governor saw it necessary to make Oregon a target of the Trump Administration.

As a lifelong Oregonian, I resent the governor issuing an order that causes my family and I to now potentially violate numerous laws at state and federal levels.

Am I now to understand it is OK to hire undocumented workers with no green card? Is it OK to rent to undocumented applicants? Do we need to hold state and federal withholdings from these people? Will the state of Oregon be hiring undocumented workers? Am I still going to be fined for hiring undocumented workers? If I can’t ask to see their green card, how would I know?

If I’m an undocumented worker and no one can ask me for documentation, what is to stop me from going into any government office and demanding entitlements?


Helen Kelso
Statesman Journal

Gov. Brown is not representing the opinions of the majority at all by going against everything Trump is trying to do.

We want secure borders, doing away with sanctuary cities and removing illegals who are clogging up the courts with drunken driving convictions and causing many wrecks.

What is it about “illegal” that you don’t understand?


Jim Walz
Statesman Journal

Apparently, our governor has found it necessary to implement an executive order concerning a possible Muslim ban in the U.S.

There is no such ban and likely will not be one.

I am sure that the governor is aware that in 1987, Oregon became a sanctuary state by order of the Legislature and that such an executive order is unnecessary. Her actions only fuel the protests around the country and our state that make it unsafe to travel to areas like Portland where riots seem to rule the day.

I expect more from our governor that would help to quell the unrest and make our streets safer. Instead, she has chosen to use her office as a bully pulpit to make the discontent worse. Shame on her.


Dianna Allison
Register Guard

While I realize that The Register-Guard does not accept Donald Trump as our president, I ask that it please stop disrespecting him in the news stories. It is disgusting to pick up the newspaper and see stories like “State may sue over Trump order.” I realize there’s only so much room for splashy headlines, but as far as I know, The Register-Guard never disrespected our former president that way.

By the way, our former president signed travel bans on those same seven countries 19 times in his time in office, and no one said anything. Why is it that all of a sudden it is something to trash this country over because President Trump has banned travel from those countries once?


John Thomas Jr.
Statesman Journal

The avowed Oregon Democratic response to the Trump Administration is to fight it at every juncture. You can be killed fighting, you know. Metaphorically. So what does that accomplish except being “Democrat martyrs”? Strapping the political bomb to your waist and blowing up ideologues and yourself? You change nothing. You don’t have the votes and only delay progress.

Trump is the president and Oregon needs federal assistance in many areas because we have the tick-tock of the PERS bomb, always, and more state and local government than our resources can support. Tax revenue rises faster than inflation and we get further behind on the bills.

Unfettered blather and posturing by the elected will solve what? Oregon needs help; not another election campaign from its politicians.

Oregon is best represented by a governor and Congressional members who are sitting at the table negotiating for the citizens they represent. Enough of the juvenile temper tantrums and consequent useless behaviors. Be a part of the solution and not the impediment to Oregon’s future that you are becoming.

Democrats: Grow up!

Scott McGraw
Statesman Journal

Article 1, section 8 of the U.S. Constitution is the source of our laws on immigration being reserved to the federal legislature. Amendment 10 of the Constitution also establishes that the powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states and the people.

Since the power over foreign immigration was delegated to the federal government under our Constitution, it is beyond the control of the states — or even the courts — to set or meddle with immigration law.

Using its authority over immigration, the U.S. Congress also gave the president the plenary power to limit and even halt (for so long as he decides is proper) immigration from any other country. That is U.S. Code Title 8, Section 1182 (f). The president is not given any power to make immigration law more lax than that enacted into law through the federal legislature.

The uneducated public may be forgiven; not so our elected officials. They took an oath to uphold and defend the federal and state constitutions. Upon declaring active resistance to the lawful use of powers expressly granted the president, they are in violation of their oath of office and not fit to have such authority.



Dennis Ortega
The Oregonian

Liberals and the liberal main-stream media are once again distorting the facts concerning actions taken by the Trump administration. The immigration ban for the seven war-torn terrorist countries (the same countries listed by Obama) is temporary and was done to allow time to develop proper vetting procedures to ensure that those terrorists and anti-America immigrants bent on attacking us are barred from entering our country. And remember, Obama barred Iraqi refugees for 6 months in 2011. Where was the outrage then?

The temporary ban on refugees from these specific countries is being done for the same reason - to correct the lax vetting standards of the Obama Administration. Obama was the cause of the Syrian refugee crisis and now he is decrying Trump while President Trump is simply trying to rectify refugee problems caused by Obama.

The liberal media spews out that this is a ban on Muslims and is un-American. Not so! There are 50 Muslim-majority countries in the world and only seven countries fall within the temporary ban, thus a ban on all Muslims is erroneously proclaimed.  Quit with the moral outrage and understand that President Trump has issued this temporary immigration ban within the supreme responsibility of the executive office - protecting all citizens of the USA.


Daniel Crowe

My opponent in last year’s Oregon attorney general’s race, Ellen Rosenblum, has joined 14 other extreme left-wing attorneys general in denouncing President Trump’s executive order titled “Protection of the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” Rosenblum calls Trump’s order “unconstitutional, un-American and unlawful.”

As it turns out, the president is merely exercising his authority under the 1952 McCarran-Walter Act, as amended. This Democrat-passed law gives the president discretion to “suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

So much for “unconstitutional and unlawful.” Is the president’s order “un-American?”

We are told by Rosenblum that “religious freedom” is under assault, and that America believes in tolerating different beliefs. That’s ironic: Rosenblum joined those same attorneys general in declaring that “climate change deniers” should be prosecuted for daring to disagree with liberal orthodoxy. Similarly, this is the same attorney general who enabled Oregon government to persecute a Christian baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. For the extreme left, tolerance can be a one-way street.

A little perspective is in order.

From noon Friday to noon Saturday, approximately 325,000 foreigners arrived in the United States. About 325 of them were detained for further questioning — 0.1 percent. All but about two dozen were released within 24 hours.

President Trump is actually following precedent laid down by President Carter (banned Iranians) and President Obama (banned Iraqis). Trump has restricted entry from seven of the world’s 50 majority-Muslim countries, including Iran and Iraq, all of which experience violent Islamic extremism most Americans don’t want here. Rosenblum and her allies didn’t explode in indignation when Carter and Obama exercised their authority — but then, those presidents weren’t Republicans.

No country in the world has open borders, because control of the border is a definitional aspect of being a nation. The American government — like all governments — writes the rules of entry that are in the best interests of its own people. On Nov. 8, Americans voted to put someone in the White House who would put America, and Americans, first.

As a Republican who happens to work in the Metro Public Defender’s Office in Portland and a career military lawyer, I am committed to the rule of law and to protecting Americans. Rosenblum has as much right to disagree with our president as you and I do, and it is a proud tradition of our state attorneys general to push back against federal overreach.

But that tradition is usually reserved for an area in which states have authority. Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government exclusive authority to regulate immigration. Perhaps the attorney general would like to borrow my dog-eared copy of the Constitution and ask herself: Have I solved all of Oregon’s legal problems already?