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Letters, July 12

Bipartisanship needed

In Jeff Golden’s recent guest opinion, he stated, “we won’t accomplish much headway solving Oregon’s problems until we dramatically reduce the power of big money in Salem.”

He understandably lamented his disappointment (and I suspect he also had considerable frustration) when his campaign finance bill failed to pass in our state Legislature (in spite of his party’s very significant majority — a conservative’s bill would likely have had even less chance).

I fully agree campaign finance reform would be helpful, but at least a modicum of bipartisanship might be even more helpful. For too many years, it seems to have been sorely lacking in our state, as well as nationally.

R. W. Bergstrom Jr.


A simple expression

Drought is no stranger to the Western U.S., and this summer, water scarcity is one of the main problems being faced in the Northwest. I grew-up in California, and in the 1970s California had a historic drought. Someone took the abstract idea of a drought, found something concrete each of us could to do about it, and came up with an expression we lived by:

“If it’s yellow, it’s mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.”

At first the idea seemed repugnant, but the expression caught on and lead to minimized toilet flushing and thus, enormous fresh water savings. And if you do the math and consider that each of us flushes a toilet about five times a day and, depending on the age of our toilets, each flush uses from 1.6 to 5 gallons (or more) of clean water, and thus wastes from 8-25 gallons( or more) of clean drinkable water each day, that old adage might not seem so gross.

It’s a simple expression and a simple way each of us can contribute to the goal of living more sustainability; and we can chuckle as we find unity in our toilets!

Perii Hauschld-Owen


Well-written news article

Kudos to Allayana Darrow for a well-written, factual news article on the replacement of the Ashland city attorney.

Robert Arago