A slap in the face to voters

They are calling it the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Speaker Paul Ryan declared that the House owed it to the American people to pass it. Our representative Greg Walden claims that it will help the middle class, boost job creation and stimulate economic growth.

What are these guys thinking? That we voters will buy that baloney? That we can't read? That we don't believe reports that the bill cuts corporate taxes, eliminates taxes on the wealthy and increases taxes for millions of middle-class families, all while adding $1.5 trillion to the national debt? That we don't remember how the tax cuts of 2001 blew a hole in our national budget and did not stimulate economic growth? In fact, what did grow were the offshore bank accounts of the wealthy.

And now the House has gone and passed this slap in the face to voters. The rich are going to get richer, the plight of the middle class will not improve, the needy will be forgotten, and health care, education and infrastructure will suffer alarmingly. We'll have Greg Walden to thank for the mess. He no longer considers his constituents, not when he has deep-pocket donors to please.

Edwin Miller

Ashland

Good riddance

There were a whole bunch of Hollywood celebrities who claimed they were going to leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidential election.

What are Cher, Samuel L. Jackson and Jon Stewart doing?

They should have left the country a long time ago.

Jon Stewart pretends to be a rebel and his brother is the former head of the New York Stock Exchange's parent corporation!

These loudmouth Hollywood jerks should live up to their word and take Harvey Weinstein, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Sheen and Snoop Dogg with them.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Joe Thomas

Brookings

Voices of sanity

Around the nation and the world, there are those who stand as voices of sanity in finding solutions to global warming.

Among these are nine states of our Northeastern Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and California, plus Canada and Canadian provinces, all of whom have taken steps to limit climate pollution through either placing a cap or a fee on emissions. Every member of the United Nations has signed the Paris Agreement to limit global warming. This included the U.S. until Trump promised to withdraw.

Across the globe, already 40 nations and 25 sub-national jurisdictions price climate pollution, collectively amounting to 25 percent of global emissions.

We don’t know when the critical tipping point for emissions will arrive, beyond which runaway chain reactions start and recovery becomes impossible, but we know it’s approaching. We need all hands on deck now. The Oregon Legislature can do its part by passing the Clean Energy Jobs Bill in 2018.

Ken Deveney

Ashland