Letters to the Editor
Gamba will work to keep us out of war
I was a student studying overseas when Sept. 11 happened. As soon as I saw the planes hit, I thought, "We're going to war and no one in power will blink twice." Now, 20 years later, we're looking down the barrel of a war that our President started because he didn't like everyone looking at his impeachment.
Everyday Americans are ALWAYS the ones expected to send their children to be maimed, psychologically battered, and killed. More than ever, we need elected representatives that stand up to corporations that profit from the losses to our communities. We need congresspeople who are actively engaging with their constituents, so they know what The People want.
My Congressman, Kurt Schrader seems to be AWOL as we are being dragged into yet another unwanted war in the Middle East. You know who is present? His challenger, Mark Gamba. Mark was at the first anti-war protest in Portland within hours of Soleimani's assassination being announced. He has been canvassing on the streets, holding house parties, and most importantly, not taking ANY money from corporations. I for one, can't wait for the primaries. It's time to unseat the incumbent and get someone in Congress who works for us.Jaime Mathis,
Press your public officials to support green energy
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists are convinced by evidence that human-caused global warming is real.
Major organizations of physicists, chemists, meteorologists and astronomers agree. We are in a climate crisis.
When we began burning coal, oil and gas faster and faster, carbon-dioxide levels exceeded the natural level. Normal variances of weather have become supercharged with more extremes. We have all witnessed, or heard of, more severe hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, massive downpours, fires and extreme snowfall.
Supercharging our weather also affects our economy. It costs us billions of dollars. As we begin 2020, I am hopeful that knowledge will turn into action. I encourage more citizens to become involved in combating climate change. We must move from helplessness to action.
There is something that everyone can do from decreasing your own individual carbon footprint to writing your congressional and city representatives. The time is now.
Right now there is bipartisan and effective legislation called the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 763. This act would place a fee on carbon from fossil fuel companies and gives a dividend to every American household. What a positive effect on our well-being when we can avoid climate change costs and reap health benefits because of decreased pollution.
A carbon fee and dividend plan actually would increase job growth. Every day more people agree that climate change is real and placing a price on carbon is an effective way to deal with it. As we begin this new year, let's think about what each of us can do to help combat this enormous challenge.
Let's show that we care not only about our current climate, but we care about the climate we leave for our children and future generations. Make climate a priority for 2020!
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