We have no words

We were so very disappointed to discover that precious items were taken from the grave of our son Greg in the Jacksonville Cemetery.

We have no words to explain this additional heartache to his two little girls and all who love and miss him.

Dave and Janice Mills


DeBoer fails the walk

It’s great that some Republicans are accepting science. Federally, the 50-member House Climate Solutions Caucus, half of whom are Republicans, proposes legislation.

But in Oregon, our Republican representatives still sit on their hands.  Many of them claim to accept the science, but talking the talk is totally inadequate; they must walk the walk.   

After a season of national hurricane and wildfire disasters almost certainly made more severe by human-induced emissions of climate pollution, the urgency of action should be hitting home. Alas, it is not! Facing a legislative proposal that places a cap on our contribution to this global warming problem, Oregon’s Republicans grope from reason to reason to oppose meaningful action. While a few Oregon Republicans stick their heads in the sand, tout the denier hoaxes, and claim not to believe the science, others claim to accept the science and still do nothing. 

We’ve had purely voluntary pollution reduction goals in place for 10 years and are nowhere near the trajectory of reduction we need to be; voluntary goals have failed.  It’s time to support the Clean Energy Jobs Bill — a win-win solution for rural Oregon with funds allocated to supporting renewable energy projects in economically depressed areas.

While Southern Oregon can be proud that Rep. Pam Marsh is a champion, we cannot claim the same for Sen. Alan DeBoer. When campaigning, he argued he would extend the legacy of the late Dr. Alan Bates, but has been a complete failure. He talks the talk, but fails the walk.

Trisha Vigil