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Letters, March 3

SAIF proposal is wrong

Regarding the SAIF proposal that Gov. Kate Brown has run up the flagpole: This administration is always searching for more revenue. Raiding the SAIF piggy bank absent cost reductions to PERS (and elsewhere) is wrong.

SAIF, a quasi-public agency, benefits both employees and employers. Their balance sheet is enviable. They provide Oregon businesses a tangible benefit. As a nonprofit corporation they offer some of the lowest workers comp rates in the country.

This move would only provide temporary relief. One suspects it is today’s shiny object. Where is the comprehensive plan? Or is this just one more delay in dealing with the PERS pain? Twenty-five billion dollars is a lot of money. Even if the 2 million or so Oregon taxpayers coughed up $12,000 each today, the reckoning would only be postponed.

Lastly, SAIF is one of the more-perfect examples of the state helping to create a beneficial, sustainable agency that runs with minimal government influence and benefits all citizens — without tax dollars. It is the type of entity that our current leadership would like to create if it didn’t already exist. And yet they are intent on breaking it up. The irony is maddening.

Tom Eaton

Eagle Point

Governor Northam on abortion

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said, “where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that’s non-viable. If a mother is in labor, the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, — and then — a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.

I recalled what the ancient Isrealites were doing in their repeated rebellions against God. In rebellion they followed the Caananite worship of a god called Molech and tragically sacrificed their own children to him, burning them alive!

This caused me to wonder, are we as a society so different from those obviously misguided ancients? Does the fact that we now kill our own children, not in worship of some idol, but out of inconvenience, make the killing of our children seem more palatable? If we considered those ancients insane for killing their children for a mythical “god,” haven’t we placed our “inconvenience” in the same place as their “god” and killed our children for an even more pathetic reason?

Dale Herrmann

Eagle Point

Morally correct action

How much urine or how many turds should it be acceptable for someone to drop in the swimming pool or drinking water reservoir? According to those testifying against HB 2020 at the hearing in Medford on Feb. 23, it’s perfectly acceptable so long as one just drops a little.

Time and again, opponents of the Oregon Climate Action Program proposal argued that Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions are so small that we shouldn’t have to reduce them. While some opponents completely denied the entire body of climate science that indicates our greenhouse gas emissions are warming the planet, several seemed to accept science, but argued that Oregon should not reduce its emissions because we emit such a small proportion of national and global contributions.

Evidently, the morally correct action totally escapes these Oregonians. Presumably they would defend one’s right and freedom to pee or poop just a little into the pool or reservoir.

What they totally fail to understand is that Oregon is desperately threatened by global warming and its climate change consequences and if we don’t reduce our emissions we’ll have no credibility or moral authority to ask other states and nations to protect us by reducing theirs.

Trisha Vigil


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