Getting our kids safely back to school and our families back to work is critical to making sure our "new normal" is a better normal.
At the edge of the ceiling in the House chamber, names are painted of people consequential to Oregon history. I suppose they were listed there to inspire us below. But sadly, of the hundred or so names, only three are women.
Late Sunday I received news that all legislative business Monday and Tuesday is cancelled. An ice storm swept through the mid-Willamette Valley Friday night, downing trees and causing widespread power outages. Salem has declared an emergency.
Representative David Gomberg has announced a special opportunity for wildfire survivors to share their experiences with the House Special Committee on Wildfire Recovery tasked with identifying solutions and support for Oregonians affected by the Labor Day wildfires.
I'm sure most of us will be happy to see 2020 fade in the rear-view mirror. From pandemic to wildfire to repeated clashes between protesters and police, this year has pushed us to our limits. As the year comes to a close, we all need to take a mask-covered breath and give some thought to how we can do better moving forward.