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Letters, Aug. 8

Don’t turn your back

In response to the Mail Tribune guest opinion by Pam Marsh, to those who read the opinions and editorials of the local paper, I ask that you re-read Rep. Pam Marsh’s plea for all of us to get on board.

Do read, research, support legislation that curtails and stops emissions. We participate in the variety of ways available to us, to you, to deal with climate change, which deals with the health of our atmosphere and environment. She spoke of the HB 2020, which will be rebuilt, which must be reinstated to put us in control of our state’s carbon output, to make a start. We can look at the various entities within our valley, to join forces with Citizens Climate Lobby, SOCAN, the Peace House or Pachamama.

Upon reading a paragraph from Pam Houston’s book, “Deep Creek,” I might inspire you by her words: “We are all dying, and because of us, so is the earth. But it isn’t dead yet and neither are we. Are we going to drop the earth off at the vet, say goodbye at the door, and leave her to die in the hands of strangers? We can decide, even now, not to turn our backs on her in her illness. We can still decide not to let her die alone.”

We can join others, work on our own, but we cannot turn our backs on what is ours, what is to be for those to come.

Barb Settles

Ashland

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