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Letters, April 29

Support Fairness Act

Did you know it’s currently legal for employers to ask employees to sign a nondisclosure agreement related to harassment or discrimination? This means if you are harassed in the workplace, you could be legally prevented from talking about your harassment to others.

The Oregon Workplace Fairness Act (SB 726) will right this wrong. It works to prevent discrimination against employees who speak out about their harassment by banning employers from asking for nondisclosure agreements or no-rehire agreements from victim employees.

No-rehire agreements disproportionately affect those living in rural communities as there may be only one employer for their career field in the area. This bill applies to every employer across this state and will have the Bureau of Labor and Industries create model policy so that the protections Oregon’s workers need are clear to everyone.

Sen. Jeff Golden and Rep. Pam Marsh recognize this bill’s importance and support it — I urge other lawmakers to do the same. Seize this opportunity to be a leader in changing the way sexual harassment and other discrimination is handled in the workplace!

Amy Stewart, director, Student’s Portable Pantry

Ashland

Grasshopper plague

I recently met a friendly grasshopper who related all the fun and games she enjoyed at the Rogue Manor. Being an ant, I recognized her for a grasshopper because when I said I was very concerned about climate, she tossed her head dismissively and said the uninformed words:,“climate is always changing.”

She opined that we only needed forest management to solve the problems (obviously oblivious to the fires occurring in non-forested Southern Clifornia and around the globe). She was disinterested in the physics behind global warming and greenhouse gases.

I assume she returned to her fun and games at the Manor just like Aesop’s grasshopper, still refusing to believe in winter — or in this case, climate crisis. The rather horrendous difference is that today’s grasshoppers threaten more than themselves; with their willful ignorance, they are compromising all life on earth.

Am I angry with Walden/Trump and all the other grasshoppers that undermine life on this beautiful planet? You betcha.

However, Oregonian ants, and hopefully even grasshoppers, can now become national and international leaders in addressing the existential threat of global warming. We can help prepare for the future by supporting the passage of HB 2020, a Climate Action Program.

Lee Lull

Talent

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