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Letters, Feb. 3

False claims

There have been allegations of voting machine irregularities in past elections that prompted legitimate concerns. The Diebold Company admitted there were system flaws with their machines in the 2000 presidential election, indicating possible irregularities. That doesn’t mean our voting system is broken, and spreading unproven accusations of fraud only undermines the process.

There could be irregularities in how this newspaper operates at times, but that wouldn’t make it any less newsworthy. There are irregularities in how I clean my house, but that doesn’t make me a cave-dweller. Maybe your football team lost because of a bad call; are you going to attack the officials and demand they overturn the score? Perhaps allegations of an evil bloodthirsty cult would be in order since the football was originally made from pigskin.

A more prudent path to enlightenment would be investigating why members of Congress, proudly supporting the same systemically regressive ideology as those who attacked the U.S. Capitol, are allowed to carry guns on the Capitol grounds. It’s irresponsible and perpetuates fear, the weapon of choice for terrorists, both foreign and domestic.

Isn’t it time for the kids to grow up?

Steve Sutfin


Learn about climate change

I imagine we all have had to adapt to a different lifestyle because of the deadly worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases responses have been heroic, in others just an inconvenience.

This experience may be a prelude to an even more serious long-term complex worldwide crisis: climate change. It too will require us to learn as much as we can about the science so we can take steps to proactively address the problem.

  • Why is the Earth getting warmer?
  • What are “greenhouse” gases, where do they come from, and what is their role in global warming?
  • How can we individually and collectively be part of the solution?

Southern Oregon Climate Now (SOCAN) is again offering its popular Master Climate Protector course covering these questions and more. It is a 10-week course starting Feb. 8 for three hours each Monday night via Zoom. Go to socanmcp.eco for more information on registration, tuition and scholarships.

Eric Dittmer


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