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Readers weigh in on Oregon State University's Extension Service and the importance of electric vehicles.

For years, my wife and I have received consistent information from our Oregon State University Columbia County extension agent, Chip Bubl.

Over the years, he has served this county extremely well with his knowledge and expertise, which many may take for granted. Whether a backyard gardener, farmer, producer, forester, etc., he deals with a myriad of questions or problems which most of us encounter in our daily lives, both in urban and rural areas.

No matter the size of the property, whether a small yard or 40 acres, Chip responds to questions or concerns quickly and enthusiastically.

In every edition of "Country Living," the OSU Extension newsletter, there is a wealth of information that is timely, relative, accurate, easy to understand, and sophisticated enough to satisfy all readers. We always look forward to the pages describing a host of topics seldom, if ever, disclosed anywhere. We are well served in Columbia County by a conscientious trusted professional who is a credit to his agency.

Thank you, Chip, for your outstanding service to most, if not all, residents.

Paul and Judy Nys, Rainier

Let's not abandon electric vehicles now

The critique on electric vehicles in My View by John A. Charles Jr. in your June 17 paper was a worthwhile read. I appreciated the information on the drawbacks and risks of driving electric vehicles.

Mr. Charles' conclusion to abandon the governor's EV mandate and stay instead with gasoline-powered vehicles is understandable, as the latter are far better known products. However, asking to raise the white flag on an EV mandate raises a big red flag, for it means we stay with business-as-usual and drive ourselves even more fully into climate danger.

Our timeframe for making significant changes to avoid the worst effects and impending irreversibility of climate change is very short. Responses on many levels are needed, including moving our transportation away from fossil fuels.

When the first boat capsized and people drowned, the answer obviously was not, "OK, that's it, let's stick to land." Nor did we revert to horse and buggy when the first internal combustion car burst into flames.

Let's move forward on getting to know EV products, continue to innovate for problems of safety and convenience, and be part of the myriad solutions to climate change so urgently needed.

Donna Maebori, Beaverton

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