LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

State police personnel were reassigned to Josephine County from Jackson County because residents of Josephine County voted against a law enforcement levy although they have the lowest taxes in the state.

Now state legislators are working on bills for such counties to declare bankruptcy, merge with and tap revenues from other counties.

Jackson County officials worked to stay fiscally afloat. Obviously it does not pay to be responsible. Isn't this "robbing Peter to pay Paul?" — Margaret Bradburn, Eagle Point


Why not Keystone XL

The most carbon-polluting oil recovery method yet employed, extracting oil from tar sands, also devastates forests, a greenhouse gas-trapping ecosystem, leaving open pit mine wastelands. Keystone XL threatens land and water between Alberta and the Gulf since the history of oil pipelines indicates leaks and vast spills are inevitable.

Energy Returned on Energy Invested, or EROEI, measures energy potential from a resource per unit of energy spent obtaining it. If below 1 (less energy results than spent) the resource is not viable. A century ago EROEI for oil was over 1,200 to 1 but is now 10 to 1. Tar sand oil is 5 to 1 and, like all fossil fuels, dropping. Renewable resource EROEI exceeds fossil fuel and is climbing. Renewable resources that don't desecrate our atmosphere must be our energy future. The U.S. can be a leader. This is where green jobs will occur.

Once in the Gulf, the Keystone XL oil would be refined, again releasing greenhouse gases, and sold to the highest bidder — not necessarily American — contributing nothing to energy independence.

The Keystone XL pipeline carrying tar sand oil through the U.S. means "game over" on protecting our planet for future generations. — Kathy Conway, Jacksonville, co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Network


The rest of the story

Regarding the Feb. 14 editorial "Cheap at twice the price," your view regarding pay for state legislators in Oregon is correct, but what about "the rest of the story" (Paul Harvey) — Mike Belotti's $43,160 a month pension! — Dan Drees, Brookings


Birthday omitted

On Feb. 14, I searched every page of the Mail Tribune for a mention of Oregon's 154th birthday. None. It mentioned a pig getting legs, ladies nude on horseback, fights about gays marrying, etc., but nothing about Oregon's birthday.

Central Point had flags out, which I felt was wonderful. We love Oregon and honor the historically rough time they had becoming a state, so why doesn't the Mail Tribune love being here enough to mention the birthday? Didn't they know Feb. 14 was the day? — Eloise Despain, Central Point


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