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Reject CRR tax increase

Your recent article on the proposed tax increase to support two full-time police patrols on Crooked River Ranch noted that there were 97 responses in Jefferson County in August.

You reported only six on Crooked River Ranch. Of the six, one was a loose dog and another a self-inflicted accidental gunshot wound. Throw those two out leaving four, which represents less than one half of 1 percent of Jefferson County for that period.

There is very little crime on Crooked River Ranch and no reason to burden residents with $200 to $300 in more taxes. There are many retired citizens living here who cannot afford this needless expense.

I am a 14-year property owner with current property taxes in excess of $3,800 annually. The expected increase for this year plus the proposed tax increase will force me, and others on fixed incomes, to consider if we can afford to live on Crooked River Ranch in the future. Please support sensible government and vote no on this unnecessary increase.

Wade Reece


Support Clean Energy Jobs Bill

Some of us care about future generations (our children and grandchildren); others do not. In the don’t-care category fall occupants of the White House who ignorantly reject science and commit themselves and the nation to increasing climate pollution in our atmosphere. By their actions, they consign us to a planet with climate chaos when today’s severe hurricane and wildfires will offer fond memories of a better day.

Their insanity, supported by an equally uninformed and uncaring Congress, pressures state and local politicians to pick up the slack.

In Oregon, our state representatives will have an opportunity to elevate the state to leadership in efforts to combat global warming and its climate chaos consequences. The Clean Energy Jobs Bill can curtail climate pollution emissions in the state and generate revenue that targets impacted and economically depressed communities and regions. Rural Oregon could be particularly benefited.

Instead of promoting a natural gas pipeline and export facility that would add immensely to the climate pollution problem we face, Oregonians could harness these funds to promote renewable energy — a win-win, no-regrets solution to benefit labor, our region and our planet.

Oregonians who value our lands and forests for recreation and livelihood should be especially supportive of the Clean Energy Jobs Bill. Unless we reduce our climate pollution, our precious Southern Oregon environment, and way of life, will be seriously threatened. All our representatives should support this bill.

We face an emergency; it’s time to act!

Alan Journet

Jacksonville, Oregon

Respect supply and demand for labor

Some of us who through accident of birth, inherited wealth or talent, good luck, good health and hard work find ourselves in the upper half of the income range, love to complain about the lazy and irresponsible people in the lower half. Often with an anecdote about a single worker to “prove” their point.

This familiar theme runs through op-eds by employers everywhere such as the one by Ed Barbeau in the Oct. 7, Bulletin complaining about the shortage of good employees willing to work for the wages and conditions he thinks workers should be satisfied with. “Above minimum wage” they cry as if any reasonable worker should rush to their door for such a princely rate, even though our minimum wage is at starvation level, especially for the 30 hours of work they like to offer to avoid paying the benefits required for full-time workers.

They say that capitalism is a good system and profess to be true believers, paying lip service to the law of supply and demand — until it comes to labor. For labor, they seem to think workers should work for “above minimum wage” even when labor is in short supply. However, there is no exception for labor, and if instead of whining and slandering the characters and work ethic of low wage workers they would offer the appropriate pay, including benefits, working conditions and the respect often missing, the market will magically produce a supply of good workers. Adam Smith said so.

John Alexander