Entries by Alan Journet


We must resist

Letter to Editor by Paula Perez Costas, Ashland Daily Tidings, May 19, 2017 “Drop dead” and “Get lost” are unhelpful responses many of us historically have heard. With Trump, these dismissals are back!  The Declaration of Independence guarantees “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Two of these require health, from which we must infer […]

Guest Opinion: City transportation plan needed

Guest Opinion by Louise Shawkat, Ashland Daily Tidings, May 19 2017 Has Ashland blown its chance for a rational 21st century transportation plan? The design for our true gasoline automobile was developed in Europe in the mid 1800s; the United States hustled with the progress it promised and ushered into existence our auto industry. Two […]

EPA under threat

Letter to Editor by Monica Trocker May 16 2017, Medford Mail Tribune Our air and water are clean because rules protecting them are imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as mandated by Congress. Now our GOP Congress and the White House want to curtail EPA research and other critical areas. If this is allowed, […]

Foxes guard the EPA

Letter to Editor by Ken Deveney, Ashland Daily Tidings, May 16 2017 Hiring the fox to guard the chickens places the fox in a clear conflict of interest. It would be difficult to feel much confidence in the judgment of that fox regarding chicken coop security. More

A proud day

Letter to Editor by Kathy Conway and Christine Haynie; Medford Mail Tribune, Sunday May 14th, 2017 Saturday, April 29 was a proud day for Medford as over 1,300 marchers joined hundreds of thousands who participated in the People’s Climate March across the country. When the Southern Oregon Climate Coalition decided to organize a sister event […]

More than 1,300 marched

Letter to the Editor by Doug Peterson, Medford Mail Tribune, May 12 2017 On Sunday, April 29, activists gathered in Medford to rally for environmental and social justice. As the Sunday Tribune (April 30) briefly indicated, the event was organized in response to the disastrous first 100 days of the Trump administration. However, contrary to […]

Government by ignorance

Letter to Editor by Barbara Gurschke, Medford Mail Tribune, May 6 2017 Many concepts of evil exist. In “People of the Lie” (1983), M. Scott Peck predates the Trump phenomenon by describing him. According to Peck, evil is “militant ignorance” characterized by an obsession with a self-image of perfection, being selective about the targets upon […]

Walden’s message

Letter to Editor by Louis Shawkat, Medford Mail Tribune, April 19, 2017, also in Ashland Daily Tidings, April 20 2017 and Rogue Valley Messenger May 24,2017 as RE.: Greg Walden. Obvious messages from Rep. Greg Walden’s town hall on Friday were: While he understands carbon (dioxide) is a problem, he disregards the effects of methane, […]

EPA’s scary explanation

Letter to Editor by Eric  Weisberg, Ashland Daily Tidings, May 3rd 2017; also in the Medford Mail Tribune, May 11, 2017 Last week, when the people of Ashland were marching for science, the EPA removed information on climate science from its websites. The Washington Post reported that “… The staffer described the process of reviewing […]

Where the jobs are

Letter to Editor by Sidney Brown, Medford Mail Tribune, May 3rd 2017 After wondering where the clean energy jobs promoted in the Clean Energy Jobs Bill are, Mr. Moody seems to answer his own question by suggesting that wind farms east of I-5 would be a good idea. Exactly! More