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Letters, Dec. 5

Republicans irrelevant on climate

Republicans have declared themselves irrelevant on the largest issue of this century: the race to mitigate the civilization-threatening effects of human-caused climate devastation.

The Republican climate change denier caucus yells hoax in the face of overwhelming scientific and experiential evidence, summarized in the latest IPCC report and the administration’s own Fourth National Climate Assessment. These reports warn we have limited time to make changes in our societies to limit destruction from climate change. We are already experiencing such devastation in town-destroying forest fires, droughts, mega hurricanes, reductions of insect populations necessary to our ecosystems, chronic coastal flooding.

Our climate denier in chief responded to the most recent report saying simply: “I don’t believe it.” Does he also disbelieve the sciences that underpin modern medicine, industry, the internet? He consistently and irresponsibly works to overturn all initial efforts to limit the damage.

We need a comprehensive retooling of America for the 21st century, a Green New Deal to mobilize our society and the world to cope with the changes we have produced.

Oregonians can begin to create needed changes by working with our legislators to pass the “clean energy jobs” bill that will be brought up again in the coming session.

Robert John Scheelen

Medford

Buy local

Following on a letter to the editor about Amazon I submitted last December, here is Amy Goodman’s commentary included in the Tidings’ “Another View” on Nov. 17. It is very much worth reading for anyone who may have missed it.

Jeff Bezos, already the wealthiest person in the world (in excess of $150 billion), continues to want more, more and more while he is reported to make hundreds of thousands of dollars a minute while squeezing compensation for many Amazon workers (remember “The Lorax?”).

Here is the link: https://bit.ly/2E4gHHc

Buy local, from our brick-and-mortar businesses. Our friends and neighbors and community need our support, now and in the long run.

Lawrence Nagel

Ashland

Border assault

The caravan (the administration says 500-plus have been identified as known criminals) has finally reached the U.S. and has begun its assault on border patrol agents. Just for good measure they took a page from the PLO’s playbook and put some women and children on the front line (a great photo-op for Time Magazine and the AP).

The agents, aware of the reported Molotov cocktails and gun violence inflicted by the mob at the Mexican southern border state of Chiapas, defended themselves with tear gas.

The leftists, Democrats and their propaganda arm (mainstream media) would have you convinced that this is an unprecedented use of force by this administration.

What you probably won’t hear is that Obama used those same chemicals 79 times at that same border between 2012 and 2016. Yes, the same Obama who said that “we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked.”

If you’re OK with having deceptive rhetoric being foisted upon you ad nauseam, then keep watching CNN, MSNBC and the like. Keep reading the Associated Press. They’ll equip you with everything you need to hate Trump ever more each day. And that’s all you need to know, right?

Mark Giuntini

Medford

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