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Letters, Nov. 28

Saudi Arabia

Letting Saudi Arabia get away with murder is not putting America First, as the president claims. It is exactly the opposite, making us dependent on a foreign power because they buy weapons from us and provide oil.

True strength comes from producing our own products within our borders and selling the surplus to the world. Maintaining a co-dependent relationship with a murderous dictator is amoral and weak at best, maybe even masochistic.

As of last year, just 9 percent of our petroleum came from Saudi Arabia, far less than we imported from Canada. Since 2013 the Saudis are only 18 percent of our total weapons sales. So, no shortage of consumers of death and destruction around the planet, and no pressing need to sell arms to a regime that considers murder a tool to scratch an itch.

Economics are already amoral; we do not help the human condition by disconnecting a sense of right and wrong from the financial transactions we make as a country. The only way to truly make America any version of First is to act like the best people in the world, not the greediest.

Joi Riley


Not a maybe

Sorry folks! Climate change is not a maybe.

Fire season is supposed to be over; we are faced with the fact that our area can experience a Paradise, California. The effects of climate change are threatening human existence — not just the polar bears and the honeybees.

Our world is shrinking and we cannot escape. Every zone is experiencing an effect of climate change-whether it is drought, fire or flood. Coastal lines are disappearing, deserts are growing and climate refugees are on the move.

Thinking you can move to “escape” climate change is wishful thinking. It is too late, yes, too late to stop global warming. So what about your kids/grandkids? What are the choices — continue business as usual or demand Gov. Kate Brown stop the pipeline (a greenhouse gas catastrophe), install masses of solar panels and other renewable energy sources. We need an effective clean energy jobs bill that provides funds to adapt to climate change. Fossil fuels: Keep them in the ground! No more fossil fuel subsidies!

Leaders are making this process harder than it need be. We need our governor to be an activist, to lead and not hinder nor hide. What will her legacy be, climate champion or obstructive ostrich?

Louise D. Shawkat


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