Letters, Jan. 12
Squandering our inheritance
I could say that I had hoped that I’d never see this day. But that would be a lie.
The truth is that it never even occurred to me that I would see this day. Not in America. Not in my lifetime. Not ever.
We, the citizens of America, the heirs and benefactors of this great experiment in democracy, are squandering our inheritance.
What will happen going forward? Where will this all end?
The next time the Democrats lose, will they try to break into the Capitol? When the Democrats have over 50 lawsuits thrown out by Democratic- and Republican-appointed judges alike due to lack of evidence, will the Democrats quietly accept defeat and allow the peaceful transition of power that has been a hallmark of our democracy for almost 250 years? When even the Democratic governors and secretaries of state declare the election to be fair, can we expect the Democrats to behave any better than what we saw Wednesday?
If we inherit a fully functional democracy where people can disagree without being disagreeable and pass on a country torn apart by partisan civil war, how will we explain this to our grandchildren?
In-person learning needed
I am a middle school student in Central Point. In my opinion, schools should have more in-person learning time. Kids are staring at screens all day and are getting no social interaction.
It is generally unhealthy to be sitting in front of a screen all the time. Computers are OK for learning, but not all the time. Some things are better to learn in person or using textbooks.
There are also internet problems. The internet goes down sometimes and kids miss school. Some kids don’t have internet or know how to type. Kids also need time together to have fun and be kids.
I would like to encourage readers to ask schools to have in-person learning at least once a week. This is important so kids are learning and getting time with friends!
Understand climate change impacts
Since last summer, most of Oregon has been in extreme or severe drought along with much of the West.
We observed hotter than average yearly temperatures and lower precipitation levels. We saw our local reservoirs drop to less than 5% capacity by the fall. We experienced damaging local wildfire events in September, driven by these dry conditions coupled with a strong southeast wind.
While no one weather-related damaging event can be directly tied to climate change, the climate models based on greenhouse gas emissions predict a higher occurrence of these events due to increased variability in wind patterns, land and ocean temperatures and precipitation levels.
Are you concerned about the global and local impacts of climate change and what we can do to mitigate and adapt to these changes? Would you like to learn about the science behind climate change and the predictions for Oregon?
Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) is offering another Master Climate Protector class where you can learn about climate science and how to take action! The 10-week class starts Feb. 8 and is being held on Zoom this year. The class is limited to 20 participants; for more information visit SOCANMCP.eco.