Health care and resentment

Letter to Editor by Bill Walsh, Medford Mail Tribune, November 9, 2017

Comparing health care systems of industrial countries around the world, a few things stand out: The U.S. is twice as expensive; our lifespan is less than others, and indicators like infant mortality rank near the bottom of the chart.

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Inequality for all

Letter to Editor by Robert Price, Medford Mail Tribune, October 26, 2017

A short time ago ORD2 Indivisible screened “Inequality for All”, the Robert Reich biopic. Robert Reich is a former U.S. labor secretary with a detailed knowledge of our national economic policies’ failure to correct the ever growing economic gap. The last time this gap was this large was just before 1929.

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Suppression is not the answer

Letter to Editor by Trish Vigil, Ashland Daily Tidings, November 18, 2017

The remedy for an alcoholic is not more alcohol. It was surprising, therefore, that the gathering to consider forest issues in Medford (“Discussion on wildfire smoke draws small crowd,” Nov. 10) was informed that fire suppression has caused an over-dense forest susceptible to further wildfire and then focused on suppressing wildfire as the solution.

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Forest mismanagement

Letter to Editor b y Alan Journet, Medford Mail Tribune, November 16, 2017

On the planetary 24-hour clock, humans have been here little over a minute, each of us individually for just microseconds. Small wonder, then, our memories don’t extend far beyond the 1970s, and we imagine forest fires are becoming more frequent and widespread. Long-term evidence, however, suggests something different.

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Clean energy bill would strengthen economy

Guest opinion  by Alan Journet , Eugene Register Guard, November 2 2017;  also appearing as Clean energy: A no-regrets solution, Coos Bay World, October 10

Although no-regrets win-win solutions rarely come our way, the Clean Energy Jobs Bill has a chance to hit that sweet spot.

Most Oregonians know our temperature has been climbing for many decades, bringing us early snowmelt and heat waves. Less obvious is the transition from high-elevation snowfall to lower-elevation rainfall, inducing reduced snowpack and water shortages during summer and fall.

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Guest Opinion: Clean Energy Jobs: a no-regrets solution

Column by Alan Journet in Medford Mail Tribune, October 29, 2017

No-regrets and win-win solutions rarely come our way, but in the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, Oregon has a chance to hit that sweet spot. The next Southern Oregon Climate Action Now meeting, at 6 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Medford Public Library, is devoted to the bill and the campaign. Anyone interested in learning more, or promoting its passage, is invited to attend.

Most Southern Oregonians know our temperature has been climbing for many decades, bringing us early snowmelt and heat waves. Less obvious is the transition from high-elevation snowfall to lower-elevation rainfall, inducing reduced snowpack and water shortages during summer and fall. Additionally, rainfall is occurring more often as heavy downpours than as light, soil-replenishing drizzle. Together with reducing soil moisture, these patterns stimulate wildfire risk. Furthermore, these trends will only become more severe unless we address their root cause: global warming induced by climate pollution.

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Such a deal

Letter to Editor by Louise Shawkat, Ashland Daily Tidings, October 19th 2017, Also appearing in Medford Mail Tribune, October 20, 2017

Feeling frustrated? I have a deal for you.

Oregon is phasing out coal-fired electricity by 2030, has passed a law to become coal-free with utilities supplying 50 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2040. Not sufficient, right?

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As the world burns

Letter to editor by Lee Lull, Medford Mail Tribune, October 16, 2017; Also appearing in the Ashland Daily Tidings, same date

As the world gets hotter and hotter, moisture in the ground and plants evaporates, leaving a dried out earth susceptible to fires in new and invasive areas, not just in the forests. Even treeless Greenland now burns. And most recently, Sonoma! Note that large-scale evaporation changes the global climatic patterns resulting in more destructive storms, deluges and droughts. In fact, each year global warming-induced changes become more noticeable — and costly.

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Sitting on their hands

Letter to editor by Trisha Vigil in Medford Mail Tribune, October 16, 2017; also appearing (slightly modified) in the Ashland Daily Tidings, October 18th 2017

It’s great that some Republicans are accepting science. Federally, the 50-member House Climate Solutions Caucus, half of whom are Republicans, proposes legislation. But in Oregon, our Republican representatives still sit on their hands. Many of them claim to accept the science, but talking the talk is totally inadequate; they must walk the walk.

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Onslaught of ignorance

Letter to Editor by Paula Perez Costas, Ashland Daily Tidings Oct0ber 11, 2017

The business model for successful corporate leadership is to appoint to critical positions individuals who are informed and experienced in their designated roles. It’s amazing, therefore, that Trump didn’t go bankrupt more often and that he ever made any money (if, indeed, he did).

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