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Letters to the Editor, July 20

It’s time to act

For several years, a coalition of climate concerned Oregonians has been encouraging the state Legislature to pass meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reduction legislation that builds on the voluntary program passed in 2007.

Contrary to frequent criticism, climate activists would be delighted if utilities and industry stepped up to the plate and committed to achieving the goals established in 2007. Sadly, they have failed; we are falling further behind our agreed emissions reduction trajectory. It’s therefore time to put teeth into the program by passing a bill in 2019 that actually achieves meaningful climate pollution reduction goals.

Republicans in Salem have consistently offered an array of excuses for doing nothing and standing firmly against meaningful action. In November, we have a chance to make sure the delegation from Southern Oregon in our state house and senate supports meaningful action. Let’s support only candidates who declare themselves as favoring climate action.

Alan Journet, co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN)

Jacksonville

Not addicted to Walden

According to oregon.gov, Oregon has one of the highest rates of opioid prescription. “In 2013, 1 in 4 Oregonians got a prescription for opioids.” “An average of three Oregonians die each week from prescription opioid overdose.”

Opioids have been overly prescribed. When a painkiller has been needed, an opioid was prescribed. Opioid addiction happens really fast.

Powerful pharmaceutical companies have pushed opioids into our communities without concern for consequences to life, families and communities.

Greg Walden receives the largest campaign donation of anyone in Congress, from Big Pharma. His recent work to legislate bills begins to address the crisis — after being in office 20 years.

Why push for real legislation given the congressman’s seniority on the Energy and Commerce Committee with Big Pharma bankrolling his campaign?

Mr. Walden, thank you for the good you’ve done. We’re not addicted to you.

Charlotte Nuessle

Ashland

Misuse of children

Some writers have used scripture to defend their views on immigration. I can do that.

When a sorrowful woman doused Jesus with perfume, there was an objection. That perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus answered, “You always have the poor with you.”

Application to Americans: Yes, care for the poor. You ignore an abundance of opportunities, so don’t use the children as a pretext for your Trump hatred.

Ira Edwards

Medford

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