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'Cautiously optimistic': Community speaks out as Inauguration Day approaches

“Rather than just being hopeful for the inauguration on Wednesday, I have some fear."

Posted: Jan 17, 2021 5:54 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2021 7:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Inauguration Day is just three days away, as the country awaits the unexpected with tensions rising left and right.

“Rather than just being hopeful for the inauguration on Wednesday, I have some fear,” Eugene resident Dana Fleming said.

Fleming said she hopes to see a peaceful transition of power, especially after the recent events at the Capitol Building.

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“I’m cautiously optimistic that we will get this thing under control," Fleming said.

Ben Ehrlich is the chairman of the Oregon Federation of College Republicans. He said he has concerns about President-elect Joe Biden taking office.

“I'm not sure what Joe Biden really intends to do with the presidency,” Ehrlich said. “On one hand, you have him saying he wants to unify the country but him and all these Democrats are doing all these hyper political moves.”

Ehrlich shared his thoughts on COVID-19 relief. He said the $2,000 checks need to go out.

"When they passed the first bill, it was only a maximum of $600 and then you saw it all published online of all the payments to all these foreign countries for frivolous things,” Ehrlich said. “I felt like a slap in the face to me. That's what it felt like. I feel like most people I talked to on the right and the left had that perception as well.”

Biden proposed a $1.9 trillion economic relief plan with help coming in the form of the expansion of COVID-19 testing, stimulus checks, boosting minimum wage and a safe reopening of schools.

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Eugene resident Chrystine Deuel weighed in.

“We’ve had so many false promises, so I'm kind of in the I’ll believe it when I see it camp,” Deuel said.

There is a piece of relief college students are calling "good news" --  the halting of federal student loan payments. Biden plans to extend the pause on the payments in day one of office, tackling the nearly $1.6 trillion student loan debt crisis.

“There should be some plan for student loan relief,” UO freshman Alex Halpren said.

"I hope it happens,” UO freshman Nessa Greeley said. “Whatever relief can be provided would be awesome."

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