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Letters, July 22

Water

This is a response to the July 20 letter by Eletah Knight lamenting the lack of water for firefighting, farming, etc., and saying that we should invade the Rogue River to fill reservoirs.

The water shortage in California and Oregon is from over-development and destruction of the environment by overuse (e.g., Klamath Lake was/is devastated by cattle farms).

Affordable housing is the developers’ and local government’s justification for new development, mainly housing. New housing assumes there is adequate water, sewage, electricity, schools, etc., but in fact it requires the destruction of the environment.

Like California, Oregon is full. Citizens leave California and move to Oregon because they believe it is not yet overpopulated, but the fires, water shortage and debasement of its schools show an unmistakable similarity.

We need to wise up. The fires and the destruction of Klamath Lake do not justify destroying the Rogue and our overburdened environment.

John M. Moore

Eagle Point

The solution is obvious

The Rogue Valley is getting hotter, drier, smokier and more fire-prone, due in large part to all the greenhouse gases being spewed into the atmosphere. Never has there been a more critical issue for our legislators to address, but twice Republican lawmakers have walked off the job to avoid dealing with it.

Heat and drought are killing our crops and fish, infernos are destroying our homes and forests, but Oregon Republicans complain that “cap-and-trade” is too expensive. Many prefer to believe climate change is a hoax, regardless of the facts. We’re talking about a party so divorced from reality that it issued a resolution claiming the attack by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol was “a false flag operation” designed to discredit Trump (as if he needed any help).

Climate change is wreaking havoc, but a delusional minority can thwart efforts to reduce greenhouse gases because Oregon requires that two-thirds of the Legislature be present in order for it to conduct business. The solution is obvious. In 45 other states, a simple majority constitutes a quorum. If we had any sense, we would join them.

Michael Steely

Medford

Ignoring the rules

John Stossel’s column Sunday, July 18, forgot to mention other greats who ignored the regulations.

Al Capone, 9/11 hijackers, your local drug dealers and Timmy McVeigh all thought the regulations were unfair.

Can we all do whatever we feel like?

Jim Konkler

Ashland