Letter At Length

Governor has the right idea

I'm writing to applaud the governor for his steadfast position on issuing drivers' licenses to anyone residing in our state who is deemed, by means of standardized driving tests, to be a safe driver. I believe the governor is acting with wisdom by putting safety concerns above the ill-conceived notions of Washington, whose archaic, racist federal ID standard threatens to undermine the safety of Oregonians.

It is the prerogative of our state to maintain and administer driving tests to ensure the knowledge of basic driving skills and regulations on our streets and highways. The federal government must not impede our state in order to further the goals of its jingoistic crusade for global superiority nor its racially motivated crackdown on refugees from countries whose economies have been devastated by its failing trade policies. NAFTA and the FTAA are stripping sovereign nations of their right to balance the trade scales with a nation who directly subsidizes agribusiness and directly and indirectly subsidizes many other industries.

The federal government then further interferes in global markets by stymieing the flow of labor across the border with Mexico to where the demand here can be met. In doing so it is constructing a deadly wall, an environmental catastrophe and a human rights atrocity on par with the Berlin wall.

The federal crackdown on decent ethical working people in our state now threatens to undermine the safety of all Oregonians by interfering in our state's legal responsibility to ensure that drivers are qualified to sit behind the wheel. Furthermore those deprived of drivers' licenses are unlikely to be able to obtain insurance. Will Washington foot the bill when a driver deprived of insurance by law damages your car or causes you injury?

It is time for our state legislators to give our governor the support he deserves. Mr. Buckley, Mr. Esquivel stand up now to Washington. Support the rights of workers in our state. Protect the safety of Oregonians on the road.

Ryan Navickas

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