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Letter: The republic is turning too quickly

By Nicholas Shaffer, VANCOUVER
Published: September 22, 2023, 6:00am

There is a disconnect between Eastern Oregon and Portland metro (“Oregon secession debate has echoes in Washington,” Greg Jayne, Sept. 16). Not because of its population size difference; but because the loggers, farmers and ranchers feed and provide for Portland metro. Yet Portland dictates their life through contrast political policy. State lines have moved before in the U.S. Be wary.

Lastly, the column mentions the word “representative democracy.” The Federalist Papers and particularly No. 10 would be an important read at this time to explain why we’re not a “democracy” that you clearly wish it to be.

Ironically the republic is turning too quickly. That’s because of the turmoil Obama’s administration caused by the infamous Harry Reid that created the nuclear option. He started something that can’t be put back forever. Because of him it has created the radical swings in federal government and hence the states as well in recent times.

To finish, you mention the Electoral College. This debate was settled a long time ago for good reason. You mention population to senators and argue Democrats should in theory have more senators. Because of bigger Democratic population over smaller Republican population, stomping on state representation.

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