Our readers also think now is the time for bipartisan action on climate change

I just read Mark Garber's article on the impending changes on the immediate horizon in the Dec. 19 Tribune.

Of course it is inevitable, as cutbacks in other newspapers have occurred. That said, I am heartened by the fact that the newspaper is not going to disappear into cyberspace.

Admittedly, I am a tad old-school and relish reading current events in a newspaper I can hold in my hands. I remember when the Tribune was born, and like many other Portlanders eagerly grabbed each edition, as it was free. I recall some columnists from The Oregonian sharing their expertise after joining the Tribune. I am a native Portlander who has followed many of the horrific stories written about unspeakable occurrences that were difficult to digest.

The costs of doing business rise in many fields, resulting in necessary steps to curtail the outflow in a prudent manner. In a field that is very public and subject to positive and negative comments from folks of all stripes, it can be a challenge.

So yeah. I look forward to a beefed-up Thursday edition. And, yes, I will miss the Tuesday edition. But as a senior citizen, I don't have the time to dwell on this change. Time sprints along like a skilled distance runner and news cycles are short.

Do fatten up that issue and please keep your well researched and written stories rolling off the press. Thank you.

Mark L. Brown

Southeast Portland

Now's the time to act on climate change

The serious issues of inequality and climate change need responses now. We all suffer if our democratic institutions are disrupted by the powerful. We all suffer if we do nothing to minimize disruptions to the climate and environment. These disruptions will hurt us all, rural or urban, left or right.

A diversity of perspectives gives us strength, but it does not make life easy or simple. Our communities need to demand our leaders honestly grapple with these serious challenges, and not protect their position by ignoring these hard issues and acting only on safe issues.

The Oregon Legislature needs to agree to some kind of cap-and-trade that will actually have an impact on Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions, and not be just window dressing for the legislators to say they have done something.

Action at the federal level is even more important. The Green New Deal is broad in scope and impact, and because of that, likely will take some debate and compromise before we can enjoy its fruits.

There is an act that is ready to implement and could speed the transition to a safe and sustainable energy future — the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763).

An independent research team at Columbia University found that it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions 36% to 38% by 2030 while protecting middle and low-income households from price increases.

We cannot afford to allow our leaders to stay in partisan gridlock while our climate and democracy is damaged. This year, I encourage everyone to contact their representatives and ask that they act on these important issues.

Richard Bixby

Southeast Portland

Bipartisan action can achieve carbon goals

Exercise. Cook more homemade meals. Ah, it's time for resolutions.

My resolutions are to do more yoga and take more action on climate. Yoga is entirely under my control; my core strength and flexibility will increase the more I do. But I realize that anything I do for climate will be swamped by what the government does or does not do.

So, my new year's resolution is a new year's wish: I wish that, in these early days of January, my members of Congress solidify their own resolve to take bold action on climate in a collaborative and bipartisan manner.

The good news is that simple, bipartisan and effective national legislation exists. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend, Act, HR 763, will drive down emissions 36% to 38% within 10 years while protecting the poor and middle class from increased costs by returning revenue to all Americans via a monthly dividend.

Within 10 years, local air quality will substantially improve, saving thousands of lives, and we will be on a path to avoid catastrophic climate disruption while the economy improves.

Best of all, it has the support of hundreds of businesses, faith groups and social justice nonprofits from across the political spectrum.

Congressional Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader have the power to make climate a bridge issue by supporting HR 763. While I work to reduce my carbon footprint, I know their leadership would lessen my unease about toxic partisan politics and our uncertain future.

Daniela Brod

Southwest Portland

PPS climate change hire doesn't make sense

In your Dec. 12 edition, I immediately noticed the cover story regarding Portland Public Schools hiring Nichole Berg to be the manager for climate change and climate justice.

While I am in complete agreement that climate change is a critical issue that needs addressing, I question that her hire is necessary.

The story noted that her emphasis would be in social studies and in science curriculum. My bet is that the district already has people in charge of curriculum in both science and social studies at every grade level that could develop these programs to educate the district's students.

While the need to address climate change is clear to me, the need to hire an additional person to handle the curriculum seems a waste.

What am I missing here?

Patrick Smith


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