Not a political issue

No one can deny that trillions tons of carbon and nitrogen have been put into our atmosphere by humans. No one can deny that billions of tons of petrochemical plastics have polluted our environment. No one can deny the accumulated effects of these actions have caused measurable harm to all living things and disproportionately harm the most vulnerable, including our own children and grandchildren.

This is not a political issue. This is a matter of corporate responsibility. The companies that have contributed to the pollution should contribute to the solution. If governments are not willing to legislate a remedy then the courts should compel them to do so. Governments are charged with defending their citizens and providing for their safety and general welfare. To purposely disregard a clear and eminent threat to all it's citizens, is nothing less than criminal.

Please support Our Children’s Trust, a 501(c)(3) public charity, tax ID 27-3094382, P.O. box 5181, Eugene, OR 97405.

Our Children’s Trust has a lawsuit pending before U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene on Feb. 5, 2018, to answer the question of our government's responsibility to legislate.

Tom Espinosa

Medford

Lyons hit the mark

I am new to the Ashland area and an appreciative reader of the Mail Tribune.

I was gratified to read Gene Lyons' apt description of the media coverage of Hillary by the "MSNBC All-Stars and New York Times columnists currently rending their garments over the misbegotten presidency of Donald Trump," yet not one courageous enough "to acknowledge his or her role in the ritual stoning."

Only a woman could be savaged in such a way and still get blamed for it.

Anne Marie Avegno

Ashland

Talk to Madras

It is interesting to note that Madras has an aquatic center. Madras, Oregon.

Maybe our city council members or the Parks and Recreation folks could get in touch with the good people of Madras and ask how they did it. No one here can manage it.

Swimming is great exercise for everyone, young and older. I see way to many heavy, overweight kids. Really, someone needs to talk with the city of Madras!

Laurie Reid Carlson

Medford

The human condition

I was recently talking to a young man about his life ambition to give opportunity to people. We could solve all of the technical problems, but human behavior was problematic. When you think about it, we are our own worst enemy.

Ninety-five percent of car accidents would disappear if we didn’t speed, tailgate, run red lights or text. War would end if we could reign in our ego and desire for other people’s stuff. When we put a small minority of politicians and bureaucrats in charge, why are we surprised to find corruption and ignorance of unintended consequences?

We often commit totally to a cause or political affiliation and lose our ability to think logically and independently. Environmentalists want to control CO2, but don’t want to use the carbon sequestering abilities of a new forest and are paranoid about nuclear power.

Drug addiction is easy to cure, just don’t take them. But that doesn’t seem to be an option. There is no need for a drug war, it’s only a product quality problem because of the bad side effects.

Do your part. Set aside your ego, and use common sense, logic and integrity to make your decisions.

Larry Fields

Medford