Letters: ICE cruelty toward families hits new low
In mid-February, ICE took its cruelty to a new low, sending a chilling message to families when they separated a father from his children, detaining him at a school bus stop in Washington County — in front of a school bus full of children.
We should all be outraged by these heartless and terrifying tactics that fly in the face of Oregon's values. Our children deserve to go to school without fear of having their families torn apart by Trump's immigration enforcement machine.
Instead, we are seeing cruel family separation right in our own backyard. These attacks inflict trauma on our children, and instill fear in an entire community that believed our schools — and by extension, school bus stops — were safe.
At Latino Network, we believe access to a quality education is one of the most fundamental human rights, and we encourage parents to be active partners in their children's schooling. We stand in solidarity and resilience with our community, and we refuse to allow our families to be pushed further into the shadows.
We applaud the Tigard-Tualatin School District for their support of the impacted families and their advocacy for greater protections for all children. We join them and our local elected leaders in calling for immediate legislative action to prohibit ICE enforcement at school bus stops.
Latino Network is committed to providing support and wrap-around services to our community. If you or someone you know is going through an immigration-related emergency, reach out to us at: 503-283-6881.
I'll subscribe because local news is vital
Thanks to the Tribune, The Oregonian and Willamette Week, Oregon residents are enjoying a remarkable resurgence of public journalism.
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I've been an Oregonian subscriber since 1979, and I'm glad to subscribe to the Tribune because the benefits of vigorous professional journalism are too precious to lose.
David R. Roth
Republicans should get back on job
I'm writing to express my deep concern for the state of Oregon's democracy.
I am appalled to learn that, once again, our Republican legislators are refusing to do their jobs by showing up to vote. In doing so they demonstrate blatant disregard for their oaths of office, and make clear they do not believe in the will of the people, and cannot be trusted to protect and defend our democracy.
Gov. Kate Brown must ensure that they are held accountable and made to show up to do the job that our tax dollars pay them to do.
We need climate action now
We're currently facing an ecological crisis, and waiting for change isn't an option.
From severe flooding, like the historic amount we saw in Umatilla County that harmed families, homes and businesses — leading Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency — to devastating wildfires, the effects of climate change are too enormous and their costs too great to ignore.
In 2019 alone, there were 14 "billion-dollar extreme weather and climate events," costing the United States $45 billion. If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that Earth is our home. We already have the technology to transition to a clean energy future, all we need now is the political courage to act. Therefore, our elected leaders must follow suit and join the fight to ensure a livable future for not only myself but my entire generation.
For individuals wondering how to make a notable impact, I urge, plead, desperately encourage each and every one of you to contact your state lawmakers regarding the issue. Think of your future, of your hopes and dreams, and ask yourself: how can I achieve this if the system that supports us is in crisis? If I can no longer breathe the air outside or find clean water to drink?
Our house is on fire. My generation is counting on our leaders to take action, specifically by passing the strongest version of cap-and-invest possible this year. Otherwise, I and many others will be victims of the climate crisis if the political system continues to forsake our generation with their inaction.
Difficult transitions await if we don't take climate action
Regarding the Feb. 20 My View article by Mike Pihl ("Rural areas need alternative to cap, trade") in which he discusses the trials and tribulations of dealing with the effects of pending cap-and-trade legislation, I offer the following.
It seems that Pihl is a good, hard-working American who certainly faces some difficult transitions in the new era of combating climate change. Welcome to the club, Mike. Dealing with this issue is going to be very disruptive to all of us, some more than others.
First of all, climate change is not something we can turn away from. We are talking about nothing less than the extinction of the human race. Without serious changes, some say it will happen in 200 years and some, like the late Stephen Hawking, say 1,000 years. We must act now.
Cap-and-trade is one idea to legislate the change we need. Make burning fossil fuels more expensive. I think this is imperative. And I am sorry that it will affect you probably more than others. But wait, there are some alternatives that could help ease the pain.
Since cap-and-trade is, in essence, a tax, the Legislature could issue people like yourself subsidies to ease the pain and make the transition more bearable. Why not raise the price of your commodities to help offset the added costs of fuel? It is not like your competitors aren't facing the same issues.
Mike, thank you for your efforts and good luck to you.
Now is the time to take climate action
We need to pass real climate policy now. Our climate is changing and natural disasters are increasingly prevalent. We keep hearing that "This is the new normal," but in reality, our climate is only going to continue to worsen unless we take serious action. Climate change is the biggest threat to the human species in our history and we take action now to save our planet from crisis.
The Oregon Legislature must pass Senate Bill 1530, a serious climate policy that caps and prices carbon emissions and then invests the revenue in renewable energy. The final version of this legislation must aggressively cap our emissions and allow Oregon to join California's cap-and-trade system. By connecting with California's cap and trade system we will have a much stronger and more stable system. Investing in renewable energy infrastructure also will be pivotal for moving Oregon to 100% renewable energy.
As the father of a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, I think about the future often. SB 1530 will create the sustainable future our children and grandchildren deserve.
Candidate for House District 33
Council must fully fund police bureau
Let's not blame former Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw for leaving Portland for another job in Philadelphia. With a City Council dug-in and opposed to adequately staffing the police bureau, who could blame her?
Until Mayor Ted Wheeler and the rest of the City Council generate enough respect for the safety of Portland residents and face the realities of the times we live in, our police officers will continue to be stressed out from going call-to-call and the overall livability of Portland will continue to erode.
Fully staff the police bureau now, Mr. Mayor.
Banning free grocery bags is bad for all
Oregon has banned free grocery bags. This ridiculous, misguided law has no place in a free society. It reminds me of a communist dictatorship.
The excuse is that plastic grocery bags are "bad for the environment." But the grocery bag ban goes beyond simply banning single-use plastic bags. The new law requires a fee for environmentally friendly paper bags as well.
Paper bags are biodegradable, renewable and recyclable. Oregon should encourage paper bags not only for the environmental benefits, but also to help our local paper, pulp and forestry industries. All this draconian law does it place an undue financial burden on hardworking Oregonians.
If our government truly cared about the environment, they would encourage paper bags instead of banning free paper bags. The arrogant, leftist elites who run this state are out of touch.
Impeachment about Trump personal gain
Joe Turner's letter regarding the impeachment of President Trump being invalid due to a history of quid pro quos completely misses the point.
I have no argument with his assumption that quid pro quos have always been a part of foreign policy. His missed point is the side that is given by Ukraine benefits President Trump only, not the United States.
Sorry, but managing foreign policy for personal gain is clearly wrong.
Groups rally to oppose 5G network
While the media's attention with regard to environmental issues has been captured by climate change, fracking and plastics in the ocean, an International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in space has been quietly making its way around the world.
Signed by 4,800 scientists, 2,800 medical doctors, 770 beekeepers, 2,000 environmental organizations and 180,000 others from 202 countries and territories, this appeal calls on the world's governments to stop the deployment of 5G.
On Jan. 25, environmental groups held events in dozens of capital cities. Their goal was to stop the deployment of millions of 5G antennas on Earth and 50,000 5G satellites in space, and to secure emergency high-level meetings with officials in governments and international governmental organizations including the European Union, the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
The issue is microwave radiation, which has been steadily intensifying for over two decades courtesy of the wireless revolution. 5G will bring a huge increase in radiation, virtually overnight, everywhere — in cities, suburbs, parks, nature preserves, wildlife refuges, oceans, Greenland and Antarctica.
Instead of cell towers every few miles, there will be cell towers — small ,but powerful — in front of every third to fifth home. Instead of 2,000 satellites orbiting the Earth, there will shortly be 50,000.
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