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Letter | McLeod-Skinner is Oregon’s rural champion

Published on July 11, 2018 3:43PM

In case anyone missed it, Oregon District 2 Representative Greg Walden is telling everyone near and far that he is the champion making a difference in the opioid crisis. However, if Greg Walden and the current administration have their way, the Affordable Care Act will be destroyed and 134,500 constituents in Oregon District 2 will be at risk of losing their health care. How will that affect the opioid crisis?

According to his latest installment of information about how he was involved in “historic action to stem the tide of the nationwide opioid crisis and save lives,” he says was a result of 10 years of bipartisan work. However, I agree with Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Walden’s Democratic challenger this November, that Greg Walden is using the opioid crisis as a safe campaign platform instead of discussing the current issues of immigration reform and the healthcare crisis.

So the questions are: Where is Walden and who does he work for? He quit holding town hall meetings so there is no opportunity for a public forum. Calling his office gets dismal responses from staff, “I don’t have access to his schedule” or “I haven’t spoken with him on that issue.” His many corporate donors include pharmaceutical companies which includes opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Where’s Walden? Soon to be looking for another job because Jamie McLeod Skinner will be our champion. She is already out in the district listening to our voices, engaged and advocating for our families and communities, not for special interests. Jamie McLeod Skinner, our rural champion, will work for us.

Beverly Sherrill

The Dalles


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