Letters to the editor, Feb. 7
Insanity must not prevail
Greenhouse gases from fossil fuels are heating our world beyond its ability to cope. Unprecedented Australian fires are raging; Greenland is melting four times faster than ever; our Rogue Valley and the U.S. West Ccoast are slated for increased wildfire risk; the out-of-whack polar vortex is freezing the Midwest, and dead seas will soon drown coastal communities.
Meanwhile greed, thuggery, brutality and governmental corruption are on the rise around the world. Obscene plunderers scramble to abet corporate profit, desperately trying to capture the remaining wealth to be gleaned from fossil fuel resources despite knowing this hastens global collapse (the Jordon Cove LNG debacle springs to mind).
To paraphrase 15-year old Greta Thunberg, speaking at the United Nations: “Our house is on fire; sanity demands we should be panicking.” Solutions will require massive governmental action so we must hold political feet to the encroaching flames. Now!
The greed-driven paradigm of market over morality must not prevail. The corporate oligarchs and their political henchmen/women and even “investors” are caught in its thrall, unaware that wealth will not protect them when we have no water, no agriculture, no forests and no fisheries and their houses are all on fire.
Let us regain sanity!
We need a wall
We need to ask ourselves this question: Do we really need a wall between the U.S. and Mexico? Here are some figures to think about. 1) An estimated 170,000 illegal immigrants live in Oregon. 2) Illegal aliens cost taxpayers $1.08 billion in state and local taxes. But they only pay an estimated $76.5 million in taxes collected by the state, leaving a burden of $1 billion for Oregon taxpayers.
What are taxpayers supporting? Education, $734 million, healthcare, $111.4 million, justice and law enforcement, $140 million, public assistance, $12.8 million, general government services, $80 million. Illegal immigration cost Oregon taxpayers $1 billion in 2010. That amounts to a burden of $728 per household headed by a U.S. citizen.
As for my wife and I, we can only say, “Yes, Mr. Trump, build that wall high and as soon as possible.” For more information, check out Fairus.com.
The milkman model
A big thank you to the MMT editor who chose to run “the milkman model” article last week. It is one small step, but It was the most encouraging news I have read in a long time regarding getting control of the incredible plastics inundation of the planet. It will take many more solutions, but to REUSE containers is one important step for protecting our environment.
The article referred to a new way of buying many name brand products in reusable containers. Take a minute to look it up on the MMT website. It is one small solution, of which we need many.
Please, citizens of the Rogue River Valley let’s rise to the challenge to 1) Notify retailers — Costco, Walmart, Target, etc. — that we demand they provide refill stations allowing us to reuse containers. 2) Lobby government agencies to create a system where the manufacturing companies take responsibility for their “pollution.” 3) Take personal responsibility to manage every piece of plastic one touches.
Am I the only one who finds it abominable that the container holding three months’ worth of shampoo will not deteriorate for 100 years or so? No, but we must speak out!