Yes, it’s that time again. Time to listen to candidates sell themselves to the electorate. “I’ll make sure you are healthier, wealthier and have a better life in all respects.”

Well, I’ve heard it before and it hasn’t come true yet and I’m not holding my breath. I don’t want to hear what you have to say unless you tell me how you’re going to fund whatever it is that will make my life, or the life of those I advocate for, better. Tell me where the money comes from. Are you entertaining ideas of shorting Justice, the Department of Human Services, Education? Who or what will lose money, so my life will be better? Early release for criminals, sure! Shortchange any program in DHS, really? Let’s don’t even talk about short changing education; does a ride on a rail and tar come to mind?

So, lay off the money you spend on TV or other ads for your campaign. Spend that money and time on volunteering where it makes a difference. Oh, and please give me the credit for a few brain cells; don’t say you’ll take money from state administration to fund your program. You might just get enough for an Uber across town.

Tom Giles

Corvallis (Aug. 10)

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