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Letters, April 23

Meeting our budget

Scientists can measure Earth’s ecological assets. Yearly, Earth supplies a finite amount of plant-based food, fiber products, livestock, fish products, timber, other forest products and built-up lands. Yearly, Earth is able to absorb a finite amount of greenhouse gas emissions we produce.

Humans consistently demand from Earth an infinite amount of resources, expecting her to absorb all of the GHGs we produce.

What happens when our demands are more than what Earth can accommodate within a calendar year? We run a deficit, an ecological deficit, like credit card debt.

In 1970, we busted our annual ecological allowance Dec. 29; we demanded from Earth more than what she supplies us in a year. In 1980, Overshoot Day came on Nov. 3; in 1990 on Oct. 11, in 2000 Sept. 23, and in 2010 Aug. 8. Do you see the trend here? We are continuing to overcharge, we are in debt. Natural resources are limited; we must live within our budget and protect the resources we have.

Thanks to Rep. Pam Marsh and Sen. Jeff Golden for their hard work and support for the passage of HB 2020, one step in the process of meeting our ecological budget.

Louise D. Shawkat

Ashland

Fear of Bernie

The fear-mongering has already started. The top 1% of wealthy individuals and corporations in this country are terrified that Bernie Sanders will be our next president.

They want to convince the American people that democratic socialism is the boogeyman. According to The New York Times, the richest 1 percent in the United States now own more wealth than the bottom 90%.

Bernie says that if you work hard, we’re going to get you the dignity and security you deserve — and we’re going to fight the millionaires and billionaires standing in the way. The U.S. is the only industrial country in the world that doesn’t provide universal health coverage!

Bernie supports a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for all, tuition-free higher education, the Green New Deal (moving onto solar and wind energy to combat global climate change), a jobs guarantee, and making the millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share of taxes. Most Americans would benefit from these measures.

It’s time to elect a president who stands up for “the little guy”, for the 99% of Americans who struggle. That man is Bernie Sanders. Please vote for Bernie. I certainly will.

Debra Wilson

Ashland

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