Letters, Feb. 2
Oregon Climate Action Plan
Seidler and Journet (Sunday, Jan. 24) made important points about how Oregon should address the climate crisis. There is one point that I think deserves additional attention.
Rural Oregon has long suffered economic disadvantage compared to urban Oregon. The forthcoming Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP) can help redress that profound environmental and social injustice by promoting funding to support rural Oregonian landowners and land managers.
Within the developing proposal by our DEQ is an option allowing climate polluters to incorporate limited Alternative Compliance Instruments (ACIs) into their fulfillment of emissions reductions requirements. These ACIs can allow investment in rural Oregon through the promotion of carbon capture and storage (sequestration) projects on our natural and working lands. This would provide economic benefits for rural Oregon landowners who elect to practice carbon sequestration forestry or regenerative agriculture where they reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide by sequestering the carbon in their forests and farmlands. There can be no greater benefit afforded rural Oregon than a program that allows investment in our region and stimulates our economy.
Legislation proposed previously would have achieved investment in rural Oregon. Regrettably, it was thwarted. With OCAP, we have an opportunity to correct that error.
I have been an educator in Oregon for over 20 years. I have four grown daughters who I homeschooled. They attended community learning programs and public school, as well. As deeply religious people, my husband and I made judicious choices about which vaccines to give them and when. For example, my daughters did not receive the HPV vaccine, because HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. We taught them the importance of abstinence, so this disease was not a concern for them. To give them this vaccine would not have been appropriate for our family’s values.
It is very important to honor religious freedom and parental rights. But there is a bill in front of the legislators, SB 254, that is trying to take away religious freedom by barring children like mine, who have been vaccinated according to our religious values, from attending public school, private school and even extracurricular events.
Anyone who cares about religious freedom should oppose SB254. If this bill had been a law when my daughters were going to school, we would not have complied. We should be a state that honors religious differences, not one that discriminates against children because of their parents’ beliefs.
Time to move on
There are those trying to keep the diatribe going. Don’t take the bait. No matter how inflammatory, stereotypical or toxic, just let it go.
Basing logic on over 20,000 lies will never provide an explanation that could be understood by those who did not buy into Trump’s alternative reality. Rehashing it or trying to make sense of it is like being sucked into the quicksand of the untruths.
Seeing something happen before your own eyes, like watching Trump during the debate say “Proud Boys — stand back and stand by,” or Jan. 6 when Trump was the leader of a white supremacist group of thugs and (he) sent them to the Capitol to do harm. If these things can happen (among many) and people still defend him, then there is no amount of reasoning or arguing that will change that.
Trump branded negativity and oppression through daily tweeting, and he gave power to racist bullies. He became their figurehead.
Follow the money: While he created smoke and mirrors to negate a landslide election, Trump collected half a billion dollars from his followers. Read the fine print; he can use the money to pay off his debt.