I remember them all
Really, Kathleen Parker? A Kavanaugh doppleganger?
It’s been 53 years since I was 15, but I remember every boy with whom I held hands or shared a kiss back then. You can be absolutely certain that I would not confuse the identity of someone who had pinned me down, covered my mouth, and tried to remove my bathing suit.
I worked all over the world for 40 years as an exploration geologist so I am quite familiar with the concept of plate tectonics. I listened with wonderment to the complaints because trucks had to inconveniently detour 100 miles around Interstate 5 in California due to a forest fire.
I knew the inconvenience would only be temporary, but I also knew what we will be facing when the offshore Cascadia Subduction Zone comes alive, the inevitable tsunami hits our beautiful Oregon coast, inundating homes and businesses and our un-retrofitted, elevated freeway system collapses. How people will point fingers of blame because west Medford is isolated from east Medford, or that food is running out, or they can’t reach the east-side hospitals or gasoline supplies are so low they can’t leave the state. If this sounds like a nightmare scenario — it is.
I lived in the Bay Area when the 1989 earthquake hit. I remember the complaints because the Bay Bridge was down and double-decked I-880 had collapsed. But that was an onshore fault movement, so no subsea disturbance was involved. Cascadia will be different — and bigger. Wake up, state and city leaders!
A better choice
In response to the “Ask Amy” column from Sept. 7 from “Reluctant”:
Amy writes that life’s curveballs should be embraced for the sake of the children involved. I get it, and wouldn’t change any of the curveballs thrown my way, they’ve made me a better person. I am also a proponent of children being raised by family, whenever safe and possible. However, in Reluctant’s case and judging by her nom de plume, there might be a better choice.
What I see as missing in Amy’s response is the question of “who else” could help. Amy’s only response was to tell Reluctant to “buck up.”
Everyone involved in helping children tries to mitigate the trauma children have faced, but the placement of children should not be managed as a “hot potato,” sending them with the first person who seems to fit the bill — especially if that person is reluctant or unable. A more thorough examination of relatives or kith should have been suggested.
Some child welfare offices employ family finding practices, which can open up other viable possibilities. I hope Reluctant learns this and can find better options for her and for the children.
Jennifer Mylenek, executive director
CASA of Jackson and Josephine Counties