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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 4

The moral test

Please permit me to refer to the guest opinion of Susanne Severeid on Aug. 29.

In the last section I read "We elect them to listen to us. I ask that they, our elected City Council and mayor, stop for a moment and do just that."

I am urged to add a quote from Hubert Humphrey:

"The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy, and the handicapped."

Udo Gorsch-Nies


Help create jobs

For three years, a coalition of grassroots climate activist organizations across Oregon have urged our Legislature to pass a comprehensive climate pollution reduction bill to help us reach the voluntary reduction targets established in 2007.

We are not on a trajectory to achieve these reasonable goals! We must strengthen our resolve. The Oregon Clean Energy Jobs Bill is exactly such a proposal.

First introduced in the 2017 session, this bill has been improved through amendments and is ready for passage in 2018. The bill has 33 legislator sponsors, yet will still need help from the grass roots to pass in the 2018 short session.

Rogue Climate and Southern Oregon Climate Action Now are collaborating to offer a public meeting to develop a campaign in support of this bill. The meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Medford Public Library.

This meeting will feature brief presentations on the 2017 and 2018 sessions from Renew Oregon's Sonny Mehta, reflections from State Rep. Pam Marsh on what happened in 2017 and what is needed for 2018. Break-out groups will help develop our campaign plans.

Please join us!

Douglas Peterson