Help growing up

I’ve heard it said that children are our future and that it takes a village to raise a child. Children do need help growing up: families, homes, food, clothing, school and love.

Love and caring may be the single most important need. Children can’t be an afterthought. I argue that children ought to be our first consideration.

Sometimes children need help and protection. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) represents children in court, providing a caring, stable person to support the child’s needs during what may be a difficult time.

What can we do? What can anyone do? We can help, an hour or two a month can help meet the needs of one child. If enough people contribute what time they can, wonderful things can be done for children.

There are many ways to contribute time. Ideas, planning, event help, recruiting others and many other ways. Your efforts can contribute to a positive outcome for a child, for children in Curry County.

For additional information, please call 541-813-2272 or visit the website at www.casaofcurrycounty.org.

David Rheuark

Brookings

HB 2020 WOULD HELP

Rep. (David Brock) Smith’s logic is wrong when he says Oregon’s carbon contribution to climate change is too small to be considered (Pilot Feb 20). I think he knows of his error because he repeats himself four times but saying it often doesn’t make it right. If I used his logic, I could justify throwing plastic in the ocean because it’s so small compared to the worlds plastic disposal. He is correct when he says “...we all can agree that there are changing climate conditions across our landscape.”

We hear examples of the negative effects of climate change every day and we are warned by multiple scientific groups that we have only 10 to 15 years to correct our CO2 emissions by drastic amounts or we will suffer major negative changes to our planet and our lives. In order to limit the changes, every person (including Oregonians) will have to make changes in their lifestyles.

The limits for a sustainable world are approximately 2 tons of CO2 emitted per person, per year worldwide. To get an appreciation for what this means consider the following, each producing approximately two tons of CO2:

Driving a compact car 6000 miles. Flying from San Francisco to Rome (per passenger). Producing 200 cheeseburgers.

I agree with Smith that we have an obligation to our families to keep them healthy, educated, and comfortable. But we will not achieve this with our current heat-trapping gas production. In fact, their lives will be much worse.

Edlin Patterson

Brookings

Dont fear HB 2020 costs

Arguments by opponents of HB 2020 focus on claims that it would cost their family or their business substantially. It is clear that these result from a campaign developed by corporate interests to frighten Oregonians for the sole purpose of protecting their short-term profits.

Opponents seem to assume that the only costs are a result of taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What they never seem to ask is: what is the cost of inaction?

If we fail to address greenhouse gas emissions, and simply allow current trends to continue, we will face the daunting prospect of climate disruption caused by temperatures 8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than today. The result of this would likely be the elimination of many critical tree species from the state destroying our forests and challenges to agricultural production across the state that our farmers and ranchers almost certainly could not tolerate.

A 2016 study of the ongoing economic impact of global warming allowed a conservative estimate of the cost of climate change by mid-century to each and every Oregonian as probably exceeding $3,000 annually.

Surely, we should do everything possible to avoid this disastrous outcome. HB 2020 is an essential first step on that road.

Alan Journet, co-facilitator

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN)

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