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Support clean energy jobs

HB 2020 is active before our state Legislators. They should vote “yes” for the Clean Energy Jobs Bill this year to cap global warming emissions and help avoid even worse climate impacts. This policy will put a strict limit on emissions, make the biggest emitters pay for polluting and will invest the money into local, clean energy projects/jobs. More unusual weather ahead — like this latest snow event and heat waves coming. This mitigation effort is long past due and in this, Oregon will again be a leader. We have less than 12 years on this planet to get this right. Read the bill and call your representatives because all children are depending on us.

Susan Cobb


Legislators should pay fines

We read today that Oregon taxpayers are footing the $1.1 million bill for some lawmakers’ sexual harassment transgressions. The legislators involved are not being asked to pay their legal fees or fines, we taxpayers are. This is simply wrong; taxpayers should not pay for the wrongdoings of our elected officials. There is no accountability for lawmakers in this action, and the lawmakers involved are not being held to the same standards that we ask of our citizens.

This is yet another disillusioning example of elected officials not having to abide by the same rules that citizens are asked to obey. Legislators need to participate in a level playing field with citizens, with no special treatment, and pay for their personal misbehaviors. It undermines our democracy to provide special privileges, such as this, to elected officials. The Legislative Assembly will pay this fine using dollars previously budgeted for other purposes. This fine equals 2.68 percent of the agency’s $41 million budget.

If you agree that this is wrong, please write your elected state representative and senator and tell them that you hold your elected officials accountable for their actions; miscreants should pay for their transgressions, not we Oregon citizens.

Ken Pressman and Susan Roudebush


A significant lands package

As president of Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area (FANs), I want to thank Sen. Ron Wyden for keeping his promise to include the Senate version of the Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act in the bipartisan public lands bill S.47, the Natural Resource Management Act. I also want to thank Rep. Greg Walden, who introduced the original bill in the House and supported S.47 on the floor.

This is the most significant public lands package in decades. Its passage illustrates that it is possible for political agreement when it comes to caring for public lands that have natural, cultural and historic significance. The conservation gains in the bill are substantial, providing new or additional safeguards for more than 4 million acres of National Conservation Lands.

Now that the president has signed this bill into law, the Crooked River Ranch Homeowner’s Association and the Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue will work with the BLM to better safeguard our community from catastrophic wildfire. FANs, a conservation organization based at Crooked River Ranch, intends to be a full partner in the effort.

Sen. Wyden has assured us that now he will take the lead in addressing the unresolved issues on public lands in our area, including vandalism, damage to natural and cultural resources, and unauthorized motor vehicle abuse. We hope that Rep. Walden will join us in this effort as well.

Marilynne T. Keyser

Crooked River Ranch

Don’t make us wait for spring

The city of Bend has done a much better job this year; however they need to do continual follow-up at iced intersections and roundabouts, hitting them while the snow is slushy. Having lived in heavy snow country for 12 years prior, I know what I am talking about. Once they clear an area you don’t see them returning. Same thing goes on Third Street. You can’t have “surprise” lane blockage. Replow, replow. Once the streets ice up, all we can do is wait for spring.

Tom Combs