Letters to the editor: Oct. 28, 2015

A sensible approach?

I have an idea as part of the solution to the homeless problem as profiled in the Monday paper.

Why don't the police, when confronting homeless people, have a special card that is printed out that explains what transients are not permitted to do within the city? For example, it has long been a policy that street people are not allowed to ask directly for money; why not have that put on a pamphlet that the police can hand to the people they engage.

This is a partial solution that not only will give the cops a softer image in the community, but could go into their report so that multiple offenders are on the record as having received such literature. Bad apples can be legally moved on, and good apples can stay in the community. Seems sensible to me.

Jeffrey Gillespie


Disrespectful people

I have seen these street people who don't pick up after their dogs. It makes me sad the disrespect I see from them towards our little town. I love our town and want to take care of it.

Also, I will not walk my dog down Main Street during the summer months, because of their dogs. They seem aggressive to me. Once I was walking back to my car and I did not feel safe when a group of about five or six of them were walking very close to me.

I did see a man pull on his dog's ear until he yelped. I went over to him and told him that was not a nice thing to do and he was in my face telling me it was his dog and that he could do whatever he wanted. My heart goes out to those dogs.

Nancy Sawicki


Brown can protect us

Regarding a recent editorial, only Gov. Kate Brown can protect us from the proposed LNG export project and pipeline.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not consider that a Canadian company’s export terminal on our coast would create Oregon’s largest source of climate-changing carbon emissions.

It did not take seriously the higher energy prices businesses and residents would pay. Or the 700 landowners forced to accept this pipeline.

It pushed aside impacts on local jobs in fishing, tourism, and other industries. Or the terminal’s location in the earthquake and tsunami zone. Or the 17 above-ground pipeline valves in fire-prone areas. Or the 400 waterways impacted.

In 2010, Gov. Kulongoski committed to sue FERC to stop a similar LNG project. Soon after, the company said market forces no longer made it economical.

Gov. Brown should make that same commitment. She also has authority as chair of the State Land Board to review uses of Oregon lands for LNG export projects. The Department of Land Conservation and Development should review the project under the Coastal Zone Management Act. The Department of Environmental Quality should deny the application as inconsistent with water quality criteria and not the best use of waterways.

Marsha Carinno


Forests face extinction

I hope most of us have had a chance to read the article published recently in the Los Angeles Times with the ( boring) title "X-ray technology reveals that California's forest are in for a radical transformation." http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-84759278.

Jackson County is just like northern California. Climate change and drought now means that lower elevation forests are doomed to die unless they can migrate to higher elevations in time (quickly). Too hot, too dry, trees can no longer survive to sequester carbon and do all the the good things they do for us with erosion control and clean water and wildlife habitat. Some trees can re-seed, establish themselves in cooler, maybe slightly wetter zones, but many others will disappear. Maybe the giant sequoias will be gone forever, our unique magnificent gift on the West Coast.

Why does this matter? Because it is a human-caused extinction, and we still have time to slow the process, keep our trees and clean water and bearable temperatures for as long as possible. Today's news is that the Middle East temperatures will become unlivable, not surprising by 2100, as will Arizona, etc.

Why do we do nothing about reducing/eliminating our 19th century addiction to fossil fuels? Bernie Sanders is the only political candidate with the courage to say that climate change is the greatest danger facing us today. Wars will be fought over water, the new gold. No other politician even dares to bring up the subject.

Bonnie L. Johnson



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