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Letters, Jan. 28

Spend a penny, save a pound

In their Sunday, Jan. 24, guest opinion piece, “Climate change action: Cutting emissions isn’t enough,” Ray Seidler and Alan Journet point out that the U.S. has spent $306 billion on climate related destruction in the year 2020 alone.

It’s time we start looking at climate change not only in terms of human and ecological suffering (which many of us have recently experienced), but as a scenario where the costs of non-action could spiral out of control. We need to come up with a range of possible solutions and there is no time to waste.

Seidler and Journet point out that the practice of capturing and storing (sequestering) carbon dioxide is a promising adjunct to cutting emissions, and Oregon is a great place for it. To accomplish this, ranchers, farmers, and foresters need to have the funds to do it. Subsidizing them by methods already used for industries and power plants could provide significant benefits, both in terms of climate mitigation and as a stimulus to rural economies. It’s a good example of “spend a penny and save a pound.”

Alice Hardesty

Ashland

False claims

There have been allegations of voting machine irregularities in past elections that prompted legitimate concerns. The Diebold Company admitted there were system flaws with their machines in the 2000 presidential election, indicating possible irregularities. That doesn’t mean our voting system is broken, and spreading unproven accusations of fraud only undermines the process.

There could be irregularities in how this newspaper operates at times, but that wouldn’t make it any less newsworthy. There are irregularities in how I clean my house but that doesn’t make me a cave-dweller. Maybe your football team lost because of a bad call, are you going to attack the officials and demand they overturn the score? Perhaps allegations of an evil bloodthirsty cult would be in order since the football was originally made from pigskin.

A more prudent path to enlightenment would be investigating why members of Congress, proudly supporting the same systemically regressive ideology as those who attacked the U.S. Capitol, are allowed to carry guns on the Capitol grounds. It’s irresponsible and perpetuates fear, the weapon of choice for terrorists, both foreign and domestic.

Isn’t it time for the kids to grow up?

Steve Sutfin

Talent

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