I would like to commend you on your efforts of providing local news to us. I especially appreciate the interesting letters that show people's concerns and not politically motivated. I have been reading the past letters and find how people are truly interested in our community.

 I have lived here for the past 28 years and watched how Brookings has evolved during that time. Even during the pandemic, seemed most people appreciated how the Oregon government did what they could to protect us. We are fortunate to have come through this with a lower rate than some other states.

It is a good thing to read more positive reporting, to read letters of compliments for many community actions and to read how there are nonprofit, churches, etc. helping with what they can (food, clothing to name a few). That is America. We invited many to come to our shores for a better future, that hasn't changed, only the laws.

Illegals have a process to come here, unfortunately there are so many, the challenges can be overwhelming. I often think of Ellis Island. What secret did they have when checking in those that arrived in droves from a large number of ships? It seems they had a better handle on how to treat those who entered the U.S. I wonder why has it become so difficult to enter the U.S. and to become a citizen?

I wonder if Congress will ever take a good look at how hard it is to survive these days. There was a time when the needs of the people mattered. That is why our men and women gave their lives for. The sacrifices families made when their loved ones were called to arms. Please remember what one says really matters, be positive and upbeat.

Marie Elena Garcia

Brookings

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