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This week, readers express their thoughts about construction traffic and climate action.

Poor planning makes traffic a headache

I'm wondering if anyone at Tigard City Hall knows how to use a Gantt chart.

First, we close a big chunk of Beef Bend Road for culvert work, redirecting the traffic to Bull Mountain Road. Then, while that closure is in effect, we close one-third of the east entrance to and one-third of the east exit from Bull Mountain Road. So, we have 50% more traffic funneling through one-third fewer lanes. That's just poor planning.

Those of us who commute through there know the light at Pacific Highway lowers the priority when only one lane is occupied, and we're seeing that now in the long lines.

This could have been handled much better.

Tim Roberts, Bull Mountain

Don't feel hopeless in face of climate change

Events this past week — the Global Climate Strike, Greta Thunberg's address to the United Nations, and the latest UN climate change report — highlight the seriousness of the global climate crisis.

Many of us feel overwhelmed by the size of the problem. We think one person can't change things. However, your voice is powerful, and it's more important than ever to use it now.

I urge you to write, call, or visit your members of Congress and ask them to take bold climate action. Ask them to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, a bill that would dramatically reduce emissions by putting a price on sources of carbon dioxide. The revenue would be returned to you and all Americans as a monthly equal dividend check. It would protect the poor and vulnerable and offset the higher consumer prices caused by the dividend.

We can and will tackle this issue together if you raise your voice.

Kirsten Meneghello, Raleigh Hills


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