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Letters, Nov. 10

The Lincoln Project is a failure

The Lincoln Project, a group of Republicans with a history of bigoted statements, became very popular this election as anti-Trump crusaders. Supposedly, their billboards would convince other Republicans to vote for Biden. However, exit polling shows they failed. A higher percentage of Republicans voted for Trump in 2020 than did in 2016.

Rather than win as a result of “never-Trump Republicans,” Biden won because of indigenous tribes in Arizona and Wisconsin, Stacey Abrams’ efforts in Georgia, and a surge in minority voter registration correlated with BLM protests.

Despite failing to convince Republicans to vote for Biden, the Lincoln Project is not going away. Instead, it is now fundraising to “help” in the Georgia special elections — taking money that would be better spent going directly to the candidates. Please, do not give any money to these Republican grifters.

Dan LaLande

Ashland

Climate policy helps everyone

The Tidings’ Nov. 6 article “Farmers look to cash in on carbon” does a great job outlining how farmers can benefit from the carbon offset markets. Many American businesses are looking to go carbon neutral and regenerative farming will play a large part in this quest, but there are still hurdles that prevent Southern Oregon farmers from getting access to businesses who want to purchase carbon offsets. We can change that.

The solution is The Growing Climate Solutions Act. This piece of bipartisan legislation was introduced this year in both the U.S. House and Senate. The legislation helps remove barriers and connect smaller farmers to private businesses seeking to purchase carbon offsets. The Growing Climate Solutions Act provides technical assistance to farmers, helping them get certified for the carbon credits they are eligible for. We need to urge our future representative, Cliff Bentz, to use his new position to help make this legislation a reality. We also need to call Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Greg Walden to request that they support this legislation now.

While we are on the topic of climate policy, regenerative agriculture is not enough. We need a comprehensive solution if we want to stop the climate crisis. A price on carbon, such as The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend act is the most essential first step to addressing future climate disaster such as the recent horrible fires. With climate policy comes a better future.

Dylan Hinson

Ashland

Sheriff’s Office must do better

I was quite concerned when the video of the horrific treatment of a BIPOC man in custody of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was released. He was treated maliciously and chained to a grate. There was no provoking behavior to warrant this.

The JCSO is currently responding to a lawsuit regarding their treatment of this man. There is a petitionwith over 8,000 signatures asking for them to be fired. If you have not seen the video it is here.

While in the midst of this, Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler decided it a good idea to swear in officers in front of the thin blue line flag, not the American flag. Officers are sworn in to protect and serve all members of the community. As you are no doubt aware, while the thin blue line flag may hold special meaning to officers, it has become a polarizing and divisive symbol. White supremacy and hate groups have adopted it and been waving it across the country.

If our officers want to be trusted, and people to believe they are there to serve and protect all, why would Sheriff Nathan Sickler swear them in in front of the thin blue line flag and photograph and post it, knowing it is a divisive symbol? Why are their hands raised taking an oath, and the American flag — which is not political, and represents all Americans — isn’t behind them instead? This is incredibly inappropriate and insensitive to the BIPOC community. JCSO needs to do better.

Gwyn Myer

Ashland

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