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Letters, March 29

Words matter

I read Sen. Jeff Golden’s guest opinion in the Sunday edition. I would like to thank him for reminding us to listen before we judge and to take a breath before we respond (my understanding of his message).

There are two parties represented in the Oregon Senate, and both have people of integrity. We all would do well to act and speak with it. That isn’t easy in an environment of extreme rhetoric, but Sen. Golden sets a good example. Words as well as actions matter.

Patt Colwell

Ashland

All for greater potatoes

Mary Lewis (Letters, March 23) asks for opinions from Oregonians in Southern Oregon and Northern California about the Greater Idaho issue.

I am all for larger Idaho potatoes as I like to load them up with all the fixins. Also, if an Oregonian resides in Northern California, wouldn’t they be a Californian?

Pete Fanarkiss

Medford

Climate plan needed

In Oregon’s 2020 legislative session, for the second year in a row, Republicans walked out of the Capitol breaking the quorum and preventing many important proposals from being discussed and voted up or down on the floor. Chief among these was a well-crafted bill to establish a meaningful greenhouse gas emissions program for the state, which would have reduced emissions and provided economic support for rural Oregon and other disadvantaged Oregonians.

By firmly throwing their fellow Oregonians, our children and grandchildren under the oncoming bus of climate chaos, Republicans essentially forced the governor to sign Executive Order 20-04. This charges state agencies to develop plans that establish an Oregon Climate Action Plan to achieve the goals of the above 2020 legislation.

While some agencies began well by energetically trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or remove them from the atmosphere, others were resistant or simply and falsely claimed they were already doing everything they could.

The science is as clear as science can be, Earth is spherical, COVID-19 is real, and human-induced greenhouse gas emissions are driving us toward a cliff beyond which life as we know it will be devastated. Rural Oregonians demand an effective climate action plan.

Trisha Vigil

Medford