Here at Eugene Weekly, we love our letter writers, but with COVID still hurting our advertisers — and thus our page count — we can’t fit all the letters fit to print in print. Here are this week’s online extra letters.
CLIMATE IS AN EMERGENCY
As the climate emergency grows and immediate actions are needed, the citizens of Lane County and Oregon should call and write their legislators and put their feet to the fire for significant and strong actions and legislation to mitigate and prepare for the increasing droughts, wildfires, water and food shortages we are sure to face.
These Climate Action Plans must include our forests. The logging industry is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon and our public forests are one of the best forests in the world for carbon sequestration in western Oregon. A carbon tax that would charge the logging industry for the pollution they create from logging and the trees they cut would be a great start. Then we subsidize woodlot owners to keep the trees in the ground. Tax what we don’t want, give subsidies for what we do want.
We can’t let the logging industry continue with the clearcut as usual practices when the entire planet and all the life it holds is at risk. We also need to restrict all post fire logging as this is the worst time to log for the health of forests. This is an all-hands-on-deck emergency.
GOP DOES ALL IT CAN TO AVOID DEMOCRACY
For decades Republicans have done…