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Letters, Oct. 18

Don’t be naive about HB 2020

It seems impossible that anyone is naive enough to believe that an existential threat can actually be remedied by instituting another tax.

The stated purpose of Oregon’s proposed “cap-and-trade” tax, HB 2020, is to stop the existential threat of climate change. Its authors admit that it will do nothing to combat climate change.

HB 2020 will raise the price of gas by $3/gallon, the cost of heating your home by a projected 80%, and is designed to make manufacturing, harvesting and delivering goods so prohibitively expensive that Oregonians will be forced to shutter these industries.

HB 2020 will have “ an imperceptible effect on the global climate.” This raises the question: Why is anyone supporting this tax when they know it doesn’t scratch the surface of climate change?

Could it be that the real goal of the proponents is to price current and future generations of working Oregonians out of the state? Stop hiding behind the shroud of “ending climate change” and just say so.

And don’t call us when you need your car engine fixed, your latte made, your prescriptions filled or your grandchildren taught. We’ll be providing those services in states where we can actually afford to live.

Sarah Daley

Medford

Historic trees saved

Citizens associated with Friends of Lithia Park are extremely pleased that the two 100-year old Douglas fir trees by the Japanese Garden will be saved! The Ashland Parks Commission and Ashland Parks Foundation are now proposing to incorporate these healthy Douglas firs into their design for revamping the Japanese Garden.

This significant adjustment keeps the trees standing and protects them during the two-year construction phase (new recirculating stream, koi pond, paths, plantings and deer fence).

These majestic trees are part of Lithia Park’s initial landscaping (1914-1915) by John McLaren, famous for his work at Golden Gate Park. They are now two of Lithia Park’s largest Douglas firs (diameters of 49 and 46 inches).

The Parks Commission will consider this garden plan amendment at their Oct. 21 study session, followed by a vote at the Oct. 28 monthly meeting.

Allowing these two trees to live and thrive honors both the past and future. A wise decision!

Julie Norman for Friends of Lithia Park

Ashland

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