What a fascinating and tragic contrast of viewpoints on the world's climate situation.

People who are experiencing effects of a warming planet such as Yeb Sano, the Philippine delegate to the U.N climate talks in Poland, who has written: "To anyone who continues to deny the reality of climate change, I dare you to go to the Pacific islands, the islands of the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels ... to the hills of Central America that confront similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce ... And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now."

Now, at the same time, two U.S. congressmen, Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have introduced a bill to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from issuing any limits to CO2 from power plants, which is the leading cause of the warming.

This is dark humor at its best. One sees the world in trouble and changes required. The other sees no reason to change anything. Fascinating. — Carl Prufer, Ashland

Our congressional "Representative" Greg Walden will be asking for your vote next November. He doesn't deserve it.

Check out his votes. Tons of pears rotted on the ground because there weren't enough pickers to harvest them because Walden helped block Immigration reform. Walden voted to gut the food stamp program, letting as many as 34 percent of his constituents, food-stamp dependent, go hungry. Walden voted against the Farm Bill, putting politics ahead of struggling farmers in his largely agricultural district.

Walden voted with the tea party to shut down the government, disrupting the economy, harming thousands of businesses, increasing unemployment and costing $24 billion. Then he voted again with the tea party against stopping the shutdown.

Walden spent five weeks in his district meeting with "interest groups" but refused to hold town hall meetings except in two tiny northeastern counties. As chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, he'll be less interested in the welfare of his district than in getting other Republicans elected to Congress.

Walden's become a Washington politician, not our representative. He says all the right things but then votes against our interests. Walden is a hypocrite and he's not doing the job that we deserve. — Don Stone, Ashland

The past month we have seen many news articles about the sale of alcohol in Oregon.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission appears to believe that the consuming public needs to have better and easier access to the product. The grocery retailers and the Liquor Commission's selling agents, as we would expect free enterprisers to do, all vie for a bigger piece of the financial rewards.

The news articles are replete with the financial concerns of the various players, but none of the articles touch on the public interest.

It is elementary that for many persons alcohol is a pleasant and harmless substance. It is also elementary that for many others alcohol is a dangerous substance.

We know that outlawing alcohol will not work, but following a policy of making the product more easily obtainable is not in the public interest. Liquor Commission: change your policy. — William A. Mansfield, Medford

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