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Letters to the Editor, May 6

Walden's wrong direction

On May 1, I phoned Congressman Greg Walden’s office to express my strong disagreement with his support for Trumpcare 2.0, which is even more draconian than the first version because, for example, it would allow insurers to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions.

The staff member I spoke with said that they don’t really know yet what’s in the new health care bill. Apparently, Walden’s staffer doesn’t read a newspaper. Even more surprising, the staffer then referred me to the website of New Jersey Congressman Tom MacArthur. (He is credited with drafting the draconian changes referred to above.)

I went to MacArthur’s website, expecting to find a summary of the new health care bill or of the changes that make it different from the first bill. I found nothing even close to that.

I cannot imagine how anyone could think that such misdirection qualifies as an acceptable response to a concerned citizen. Perhaps Walden has directed his staff to handle citizens who disagree with him by sending them off in the wrong direction. If so, then it seems that Walden is the one heading in the wrong direction.

Peggy Vernier

Medford

My future depends on it

As a junior in high school who cares about the earth and its environment I am afraid. I am afraid because I know that climate change threatens my future, threatens the Rogue Valley’s future, and most importantly threatens the future of the earth’s livability by all plants and animals.

I am grateful that in March the City Council unanimously approved the Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP) with a visionary goal of reducing emissions 8 percent a year (the rate scientists say we need to keep the earth a livable planet). For the plan to reach its goals, the city needs to hire a staff person who can focus on the plan’s steps. Year one of the plan says “Hire a full-time, permanent City CEAP staff position” who will manage, oversee and direct of the plan. (pg. 106).

To ensure the city follows through with the CEAP and approves the budget for this staff person there are some important meetings you can go to. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 18 and 25 in the City Council chambers, the city Budget Committee is meeting to create the 2017-2019 budget. I would love if you would come show your support for the staff position for the Climate and Energy Action Plan. Together we can begin to create a better future for our beautiful valley.

Maya Davis

Ashland