Letters, Jan. 10


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    Thanks for Candle series

    I would like to thank the Mail Tribune for sponsoring Light One Candle and Sarah Lemon for writing the articles. Light One Candle provides a way for individuals and groups to help those in need.

    Many in our community do not enjoy the security of a warm, safe home, adequate clothing, health care, transportation or other basic needs. It can lead to isolation and hopelessness, and the winter months and holidays are an especially difficult time.

    When the community steps forward to help, it makes a big difference in people’s lives. Not only are you helping them in material ways they desperately need, you’re offering hope and a sense of belonging.

    Thank you to all in the community who contributed in some way to families that were highlighted in Light One Candle or helped other families in need have a happier holiday. You made a difference in people’s lives!

    Nancy Nordyke

    Executive director, Southern Oregon Head Start

    We have choices

    When Thelma and Louise drove toward the cliff, the driver put her foot down. Sure, it was just a movie, and the scriptwriter made the choice for them. Unlike Thelma and Louise, we each largely write the script for our own lives, so we can choose whether or not to drive over the cliff.

    With heat waves and droughts threatening our agriculture, snowpack dwindling, hurricanes beating up our coastal communities, wildfires burning our forests and homes and smoke choking us, one would think the evidence is clear enough. But apparently not to those with blinders, or with heads in the sand or inserted elsewhere.

    We have choices. We can choose to act on global warming or accelerate over the cliff. The shame is that we take the kids with us.

    Is that where you want to take your kids?

    In Oregon, we can be pro-life for our kids by demanding our legislators pass a strong and meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reduction bill. Since voluntary measures have been in place for a decade, to our regret, the free market has clearly failed to address the problem. If we care about our kids, we need to get more serious about our response.

    Alan Journet, co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

    Jacksonville

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