I am responding to an article in the Mail Tribune regarding Kim Novak and her quote, "I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. We can't let people get away with affecting our lives."

I am responding to an article in the Mail Tribune regarding Kim Novak and her quote, "I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. We can't let people get away with affecting our lives."

I say, hip, hip hooray to you, Kim, for that quote. You go, girl! I saw the Academy Awards when you and Matthew McConaughey were presenters and I thought you looked absolutely stunning, beautiful and I was proud of you.

Kim, I am glad that you are standing up for yourself and others who are bullied. Hold your head up high and know that you are a film legend, have made classic films and more people should be just like you, wonderful and caring! — Carolyn Chamberlain, Medford

I read with amazement Gretchen Hunter's guest opinion that so thoroughly castigated the humanitarian Trap Neuter and Release (TNR) programs. It seems so obvious that a few neutered feral cats would be preferential to endlessly reproducing un-neutered feral cats.

In just one local vacant lot alone, we trapped five unspayed female feral cats and three males, two un-neutered and one neutered. The woman who fed these cats could not afford to feed more, nor afford spaying and neutering, nor feeding the limitless progeny. That's where TNR is necessary.

Once trapped, privately funded Spay/Neuter Your Pet (SNYP) paid for spaying and neutering with TNR protocol mandating returning each cat to its original habitat, in contrast to Mrs. Hunter's assertions. In this case, as in all others, the TNR and SNYP programs stabilize feral cat populations and ensured eight fed, unsuffering feral cats as opposed to uncontrolled reproduction of hungry, suffering feral cats doing what was necessary to survive.

This one example illustrates dozens of similar local situations. Each feral cat had within its heart the potential to be a loving companion house cat. It is not the cat's fault that it is feral. Mrs. Hunter should do the math, and open her heart. — Wanda Nelsen, Ashland

We should unequivocally oppose the natural gas pipeline scheduled to run through Jackson County to transport natural gas for export if we care about the region, the planet, and future generations. There are several reasons:

A component of the 2005 Energy Act exempts natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) from environmental regulations. Companies thus extract the gas by injecting high-pressure toxic chemicals into the ground. Furthermore, fracking uses vast amounts of water; in a drought-stricken world, we cannot afford such methods.

We know that natural gas (methane) is many times more potent as a global warming agent than carbon dioxide, so not much needs to leak to make its extraction, transport and use more dangerous than other fossil fuels. Studies suggest that leakage is high enough to make natural gas a worse warming agent than coal or oil.

We know that to protect the future we must leave most known fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Resources like fracked methane, which are inefficient to extract and are extracted by toxic methods should be left untouched.

Exporting fossil fuels is no better than burning them here. We must protect ourselves planet by not exporting them. — Alan Journet, Jacksonville

Run the other way when the Big Boys say, "Trust me."

EXXON Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson sued in March to stop construction of a fracking-field water tower on his Texas ranch. This man has publicly blasted those who object to the hazardous nature of frack-zone life by characterizing their complaints as "manageable risks" and environmental protection as "dysfunctional regulation" that is holding back American economic recovery.

Tillerson's private truth: He doesn't want to live with loud trucks and an ugly tower which pose a noise nuisance and traffic hazard while damaging his quality of life and lowering his property value!

We should not count on a game-changing epiphany for Tillerson, even though he has been invited to join "SCREWED" (Society of Citizens Really Enraged When Encircled by Drilling), fighting for years to protect the health of communities.

It's tempting to imagine Tillerson experiencing "manageable risks," but this issue is so much bigger.

Best to help our fellow citizens discourage fracking by stopping the 36-inch pipe the Big Boys want to run under five Southern Oregon rivers to export fracked gas. Email Governor Kitzhaber: Say you are against the Pacific Connector Pipeline. — Marla Morrissey, Ashland

Forty-four years ago, Earth Day was born because of concerns for air and water quality. Today, the very viability of life on Earth is at stake.

A recent report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says that to avoid catastrophic global warming, the world needs to rapidly shift away from burning fossil fuels and move toward less polluting sources of energy. They conclude that only an intensive push over the next 15 years will start us on a course that will give reasonable hope of keeping the planet from heating to dangerous levels — levels that will cause massive loss of health and life.

While we can be encouraged by the panel's observation of a rise in political will worldwide to curb carbon and other greenhouse emissions, we are obviously lagging. How can we hasten the redirection of investment toward clean energy technologies? Ask our policymakers to put a price on carbon fuels that reflects their true cost to society and the planet, then let the free market work. Celebrate Earth Day every day by letting your elected policymakers know that transition to a low-carbon future ASAP is the only sensible choice! — Sherrill Rinehart, Ashland