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Letters, Jan. 18

Commissioners hypocritical

The Jackson County commissioners declare a day for the “sanctity of life” while never supporting our Public Health Department efforts to decrease the impact of COVID on our lives and communities.

Under the placards of “my body, my choice,” the unmasked and unvaccinated received support to protect their rights. If life is really sacred there would be concerns about COVID and military-style weapons whose only purpose is to kill people, but again, personal rights reign.

When do the rights of women to their bodies and their lives matter as much as anti-masks, anti-immunizations and the rights of gun owners? Seems a bit hypocritical.

Lanita Witt


Scratching the surface

As written in New York Magazine, “If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible …”

The effects of global warming are incredibly dangerous and incredibly real. Without action, we will, and arguably are already, going to be hit by climate change. And hit hard. Luckily, we still have the ability to prevent this, and you can help.

Environment America states that two-thirds of Americans agree that renewable energy is one of the most important steps we should take to combat climate change, and they’re not wrong. Luckily, Gov. Kate Brown has passed a bill that commits to 100% renewable energy by 2040.

While this is a great start to combating climate change, it only references changes within our electricity and does not cover aspects like transportation, utilities, and/or industries. This is one of the many reasons as to why Oregon must commit to 100% clean energy. To support this legislative action, call your state representatives and advocate for 100% clean energy by 2050 to be a part of the change.

Cameron Aalto