Conversations and communities


As a longtime subscriber to HCN, I have always appreciated your approach in illuminating all sides of an issue as a step towards resolution on clear issues like water or land. Recently, a spate of articles has asked more amorphous questions, from people looking for a sense of belonging or struggling to stay in New Mexico (“What Are We Doing Here?” 8/6/18). Now, I just read “Barriers to Entry” (HCN, 2/18/19), concerning race issues in Portland, Oregon. As a recently transplanted Oregonian, this was a tough read, but I’m still learning this state’s history. These articles have deeply resonated for me. We are all sitting around the table of our communities aiming to get things on track, to improve life for everyone. I think we benefit from conversations with people we assume are different from ourselves.

Betsy Janeczek
Eugene, Oregon

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