Letter to Editor by Kathy Conway, Ashland Daily Tidings, September 11, 2018; Also appearing in the Medford Mail Tribune September 13 as “Barking Up the Wrong Tree”

Struggling to find opposing views can result in imbalance. Such occurred in the point/counterpoint columns on wildfire (Sunday, Sept. 2). One side offered an environmental scientist (Frey) who quoted science while the other offered a humanist (Matthews) who quoted politicians, (McClintock and Trump) while ignoring science.

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Guest Opinion in The Applegater, Fall 2018 Issue

As residents of the Applegate Valley, we can ignore the data and our own eyes as some argue we should. Alternatively, we can be a little smarter; we can acknowledge what is happening and then both prepare for the future and commit to reducing the problem.

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Letter to the Editor, Oregonian, August 26, 2018, also   appearing in the Medford Mail Tribune August 27, 2018 as Denying the Obvious and the Ashland Daily Tidings August 22, 2018 as Denying the Obvious.

It’s astonishing how humans can deny the obvious. We thought once serious regional disasters occurred clearly implicating global warming, Americans and our leaders would respond. Think again.

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Guest Opinion b y Dominick A Dellasala, Timothy Ingalsbee, Luke Reudiger,  Medford Mail Tribune, July 29, 2018

It seems like every time there is a forest fire, the timber industry blames environmentalists for a lack of “active forest management” and presumes that contemporary fires have catastrophic ecological consequences. David Schott’s opinion piece in the Mail Tribune July 22 does just that, using the Klamathon fire as an example.

But this fire began on residential land, not in the backcountry environmentalists seek to protect. It made its largest run on private residential, ranch, and timber land, pushed by strong winds. More roads and logging advocated by Schott will not protect communities nor maintain our natural environment.

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Letter to Editor by Sydney Brown, Ashland Daily Tidings, August 7, 2018

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is on board, as are House and Senate leaders. A Joint House/Senate committee is developing legislation for the 2019 session to address statewide climate pollution.

Many representatives support the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, but we don’t know whether the others will show up in 2019 to continue sane efforts to address global warming, the major factor stimulating high wildfire risk.

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Letter to Editor by Lee Lull, Ashland Daily Tidings, August 7, 2018

We face a climate crisis of almost unimaginable severity and it is destroying the world as we know it.

Heat is ratcheting up beyond what can be borne by flora and fauna. fires are consuming forests and grasslands around the globe (even in the Arctic Circle). Potable water is disappearing as mountaintop ice melts and aquifers are no longer replenished. Species extinctions and oceans are both on the rise.

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Guest Column by Bruce Borgerson, Ashland Daily Tidings, June 22nd 2018

I have good news and bad news. Bad news first.

Climate change is caused predominantly — if not exclusively — by human activity. Alas, I’m human, so my bad. At least in part.

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Letter To Editor by Alan Journet, Ashland Daily Tidings, June 15, 2018

The bitching and moaning about the collapse of the recycling market almost always targets someone else. Maybe it’s the Chinese, maybe it’s the disposal and recycling companies. But if we genuinely seek responsibility, we need look no further than our own neighborhood.

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Letter to Editor,  Eric Weisberg, Ashland Daily Tidings, June 07, 2018, Also appearing in Medford Mail Tribune June 8, 2018, Also in The Applegater, Fall 2018 Issue as Why Are We Betting the Farm?

Engineers design to “fail safe” when miscalculation may result in a devastating catastrophe. If one design choice will save money, while another avoids the risk of serious loss, they are taught to choose the design which avoids calamity in the event of failure. We should follow that standard when it comes to climate change.

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Letter to Editor by Bruce Borgerson, Ashland Daily Tidings, May 10 2018

I applaud those climate change activists, as profiled in the Tidings on May 9, who are educating the public about how Chase Bank and other financial institutions are profiting from climate change by investing in the fossil fuels industry. But we also must be aware that we are personally financing this same industry every time we pay our Avista bill or pull up to the gasoline pump.

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