Letters: Go beyond protests to tackle tough issues
The article on the climate change protests is similar to what many of us did who were involved in the civil rights movements, against the Vietnam War, and supportive of the Stonewall uprising.
We who were involved in these protests also did things to move forward and change the trajectory of the way things were.
I am wondering, what are these young people doing to change things besides protest? Are they planting trees? Are they finding ways to clean up plastic and trash? What ideas are they planning on to help the environment and the climate?
Protests are fine, but to go beyond and actually do what one can do is more important to show one means business beyond words and signs.
Lastly, electric bicycles are here and coming that carry up to four people and look like cars but can be plugged into any outlet. Work needs to be done on new traffic safety rules because many of these vehicles will not fit into the regular bike lanes. This is one idea among many that these protesters can do to lower their carbon output.
It would be nice to have articles as to what our local young people are doing or ideas that they are trying that will lead to changing the environment and help make climate change better.
O'Rourke plan on guns would be foolish
Beto O'Rourke's gun confiscation campaign tactic to force the surrender of 5 million to 10 million semiautomatic rifles is a threat to gun control and a serious danger to the Democrats' 2020 election goals.
I am a lifelong Democrat, involved in numerous campaigns, and was past election lawyer for many Democratic candidates over 25 years. O'Rourke's claim is legally impossible. The Fifth Amendment prohibits government confiscation of private property for which the government has no use.
The government does not need privately owned firearms. Even if the government could take the guns, the plan would require hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars to compensate the owners, as the Fifth Amendment provides.
O'Rourke seeks to confiscate guns that have been lawfully purchased, are not now illegal to possess, and have not been used in a crime. Such firearms do not qualify as "contraband." The guns are probably worth $100 each at the very minimum. Congress is not going to appropriate hundreds of millions of dollars to buy guns the government does not need.
This foolish effort serves to prove the NRA's principal argument against gun control: "They will take all our guns!" O'Rourke will only encourage people to go out and buy more weapons; police action will be required to confiscate the guns from unwilling owners; and otherwise law-abiding citizens will seek to avoid the law by hiding the guns.
The NRA will mobilize vast numbers of gun owners who feel their constitutional rights are being violated to vote against the Democrats not only for president but also for Congress, defeating the Democrats' plan to recapture the Senate.
Gun control will be set back for decades.
Climate: One voice can make difference
Recent events — the Global Climate Strike, Greta Thunberg's address to the United Nations, and the latest U.N. 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.
New group fights fascism without violence
In response to Annie Capestany's fine letter about the need for nonviolent action against fascism, racism and white supremacy (Portland Tribune, Sept. 12), there is a new Portland chapter of the nonviolent action group RefuseFascism.org.
Our call is "for the sake of humanity and the planet, the Trump/Pence regime must go." And we are working to create sustained, nonviolent, ongoing protests in cities and towns across the United States.
For those interested in standing up for our democracy in the face of increasingly fascist policies of the federal government, information about our events may be found at RefuseFascism.org.
Tigard has right idea about MAX line
I have been watching the planning of the Southwest MAX line for quite a few years. The original plan from Portland to downtown Tigard and beyond was on the Pacific Highway. When Sherwood wanted out, the plan was to go to Tualatin.
I remember the city of Tualatin not wanting the MAX train, but somehow the plan was to go to Bridgeport Village in Tualatin. The existing WES route — the Westside Express Service commuter rail line — goes from Beaverton to Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. It is too expensive and unnecessary to have two lines running the same route from Tigard to Tualatin.
I am not a resident of Tigard, but I agree with Mayor Jason Snider and believe the plan to go to a terminal station in downtown Tigard is by far the best solution, and it is the only plan that stays within the budget.
There is a tremendous potential for riders in Tigard from bus and WES transfers and I have been hearing a lot about the large-scale development of high-density housing on city property in downtown Tigard.
As a westside resident in Portland, I am enthusiastically supporting the Tigard plan.
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