The forest for the trees: Global warming is here now

Opinion Column by Alan Journet, The Applegater, Spring Issue 2018, (11:1).

In the Winter 2017 Applegater, Alan Voetsch wrote a lengthy condemnation of climate science, climate scientists, and concerned individuals who understand and accept that science. Rather than respond
to his criticisms of climate science, I will focus on one issue that is highly germane to the Applegate: wildfire.


Arctic Refuge

Letter to Editor by Dennis Specht and SOCAN, The Applegater, Spring 2018 Issue (11:1).

Dear Editor:
The Senate/House tax bill conference endorsed oil and gas drilling in the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge. This is amazingly short-sighted for many reasons. Many proven
alternative energy choices can replace oil and gas, but there is only one Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge. The Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge includes precious habitat for
species ranging from polar bears and caribou to nesting birds and waterfowl. These
migrating birds touch all 50 states and nearly every continent of the globe.


Support energy bill

Letter to Editor by Vicki Simpson in Medford Mail Tribune, February 28th 2018

Many of our state legislators are working in Salem right now for better air quality, better public health, and more Oregonian jobs by sponsoring SB 1507, known as the Clean Energy and Jobs Bill.


Maintaining our civic values

Letter to Editor by Bob Scheelen, Medford Mail Tribune, February 24, 2018

Many conservatives applaud President Trump for appointing a conservative Supreme Court justice, cutting government regulations, advocating U.S. interests.


Head in the sand

Letter to Editor by Louise Shawkat, Medford Mail Tribune, February 19, 2018

The MT Sunday editorial (Feb. 4) argued that Oregon’s Legislature should delay even longer action to address statewide climate pollution. I can’t believe this head-in-the-sand judgment.


DeBoer has reneged

Letter to Editor by Lee Lull, Ashland Daily Tidings, February 16, 2018, also appearing in the Medford Mail Tribune as ‘Big Money vs. Clean Energy’ on February 23, 2018

The survival of life on earth is up to us, but windows of opportunity are fading as more and more greenhouse gases accumulate in our atmosphere. These are the greenhouse gases that don’t let heat escape.


Energy bill has support

Letter to Editor, Allen Hallmark, Ashland Daily Tidings, February 16, 2018, also appearing in Medford Mail Tribune, February 24 2018

Southern Oregon solidly supports Oregon’s Clean Energy Jobs bill. In addition to 11 council members from Medford, Phoenix, Talent, Jacksonville and Ashland individually endorsing the bill, two of the city councils have approved relevant resolutions.


Guest Opinion: Fidgeting while budgeting or fudgeting the budget

Guest Opinion by Louise Shawkat, Ashland Daily Tidings, February 14, 2018

People equate budget with money. Governments, companies, organizations, families use budgets. Budgeting is yearly financial planning; income and expenses should equal out.

Budgets outline steps needed to make businesses (households) fiscally responsible: highlighting needs versus wants. It’s hard to fudget bottom lines, sometimes these numbers make us fidget. Reaching predetermined goals successfully takes commitment.


Campaign of lies

Letter to Editor by Alan Journet, Medford Mail Tribune, February 14, 2018

As the legislative session opens, corporate and outsider money and lies are flowing into Oregon trying to fatten their own pockets by confusing our legislators — even as they destroy life as we know it on this planet.


Republicans reject inconvenient truths: Letter to the editor

Letter to Editor, The Oregonian, February 13, 2018

For several years, concerned Oregonians have been urging our legislature to bring our state to the forefront in addressing global warming and its climate chaos consequences. We want our state to be part of the solution, not continue as part of the problem.