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Why I am a Democrat

by Norm Tarowsky 

I recently was asked why I, someone who worked in industry (high-tech for 40+ years) and managed large organizations around the world, was a Democrat.  My answer is quite simple, it is because:

I believe that “we” the people have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That we all deserve to be treated fairly, equally and with dignity. I believe in the rule of law, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and that no one is above (or below) the law.

I believe this nation was built by immigrants and the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty are still relevant. That our diversity is our strength, and we are a nation of, by and for the people. That every citizen has the right to vote and have their vote counted, and the majority rules, while respecting and protecting the rights of the minority.

I believe the role of the government is to do those things that we the people cannot do for ourselves and that the measure of a people is how they treat the old, the infirmed, the young and the poor among us and to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live with dignity and pride.

I believe we are all in this together or we are NOT one nation. My parents came to America to escape persecution and to make a better life for themselves and our family. They believed in the American “dream” and so do I.

I believe that all people should be treated equally and fairly, no matter your race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or economic status. There should be equal pay for equal work and equal opportunity for anyone who strives for it.

To have a meaningful and functioning Government we must have free and fair elections, transparency and a free and open press. We must eliminate voter suppression and selection (gerrymandering) and provide our citizens with all the necessary safety and security required (military, police, fire, judicial system, border security).

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From the Left Bank

By Peter Toll

register to voteNothing like starting the new year in a new locale. After 24 years on the banks of the mighty Tualatin River in West Linn, my wife, Emily, and I have relocated to a cozier location in Lake Oswego’s First Addition, a neighborhood of modest older homes the locals call “downtown.” Shakespeare said something about parting being sweet sorrow, and certainly it is with us and the riverside house, the only house our youngest daughter has ever known.

Adapting to a new community requires re-registering to vote, of course, and that was one of our first duties. We’re still in Clackamas County, which means we sent our registration forms to Sherry Hall, the county clerk. That prompts a certain shudder, given her terrible job performance, but this isn’t about her; that’s for another time.

Instead, it is about choices. A new or re-registering voter can pick from 10 possibilities or make up one of their own. At the top of the list is “Not a member of a party.” What it doesn’t say is that by registering in this category you won’t be able to vote for partisan offices in primary elections. You know, the ones where parties pick their standard bearer in contested elections. (As compared to an ‘open’ primary, again a topic for another time.) Continue reading