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Our mailbag includes letters about impeaching President Donald Trump and the benefits of climate action.

Congress right to move forward on impeachment

As a Christian minister, I understand the importance of democracy. Our freedom is incumbent on the rule of law. The Constitution must be upheld. The vote by the U.S. House to formalize the impeachment process was a moral imperative.

The majority of the U.S. House voted to uphold the rule of law by formalizing the impeachment process. It is disappointing to see the GOP vote in lockstep with Donald Trump. Where is their integrity? Where is their moral center?

Earlier this month, I joined over 100 other national Christian leaders in endorsing the impeachment inquiry. As we said: "For the sake of our nation's integrity and the most vulnerable in our society, we call on fellow Christians to support the current impeachment inquiry. Now is the time to shine the light of truth. Please join us in praying that the truth will be revealed and set us all free."

The Rev. Chuck Currie

Director, Center for Peace and Spirituality

Chaplain, Pacific University

Climate action — what's in it for us, reader asks?

Concerning the Citizen's View article by Mark Reynolds and Richard Turnock ("Bipartisan hope is emerging on the climate emergency," published Oct. 24, 2019), I have a question. What does the general public receive from carbon pricing?

Mostly what I see published are articles such as this one — urging action to solve this dire climate emergency. Can we be told exactly what we get for our money besides raising energy costs, depressing the economy and a lower standard of living for most people?

Read the Oct. 24, 2019, commentary submitted by Mark Reynolds and Richard Turnock.

There have been many scary climate predictions in the past and most have been wrong. The computer models that are used are manipulated to get the results wanted due to the politicization of climate science, or some factors which should be considered are not included. There is now a political bias in the science. If a scientist is on the "wrong" side of the issue, then the chance of funding is almost nothing.

The climate issue is about power and money which will be transferred to the central government. As the writers state, some of the money will be returned to a select group of people — selected by the government, of course. More government control and less freedom.

Troy Smith, Beaverton


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