Energy bill has support

Southern Oregon solidly supports Oregon’s Clean Energy Jobs bill. In addition to 11 council members from Medford, Phoenix, Talent, Jacksonville and Ashland individually endorsing the bill, two of the city councils have approved relevant resolutions.

In December, the Talent City Council voted 4-1 to endorse action substantially similar to the 2017 Clean Energy Jobs Bill. Last week, the Ashland City Council unanimously supported a resolution endorsing statewide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the 2007 legislatively approved goals.

In short, many local representatives accept the need for action. At the state level, Rep. Pam Marsh is a champion of state action. Meanwhile, Republican Rep. Sal Esquivel and Sen. Alan DeBoer stand as roadblocks to action that could make our state a leader in the fight to reduce global warming while simultaneously boosting the state’s economy — especially rural areas.

Broad local support exists for statewide action. Unfortunately, our Republican representatives, like their colleagues in Washington, tout standard GOP deliberate misinformation and promote corporate profits rather than what’s best for the people or the region.

Southern Oregon wants action on global warming and urges our representatives to represent us and support the Clean Energy Jobs bill this session.

Allen Hallmark


Check the record

Thanks to Ron Hertz for his guest opinion highlighting the importance of the ability to read and be thoughtful. And thanks to Pauline Black for calling our attention to Sen. Alan DeBoer’s voting record, which clearly points to his lack of concern for his constituents: women, children, the elderly and disabled, and those working for large corporations. She found these facts at You can too.

If you’re interested in reading more facts about Senator DeBoer, click on the "Funding" tab at You’ll learn that he accepted donations from BP and Phillips 66 during a year in which DeBoer played an important role in blocking the Clean Energy Jobs Act. And from tobacco groups after DeBoer voted against legislation aimed at reducing teenage smoking in Oregon. And from housing and Realtor groups: It’s no surprise, then, that DeBoer helped defeat legislation to stabilize rents in the state, in spite of the crisis in affordable housing in his district and throughout the state. I could go on as it’s a long list of donors. But I’ll leave that to you, the reader, to look for the facts and be thoughtful about money’s influence on a politician’s votes.

Eileen Chieco


DeBoer has reneged

The survival of life on earth is up to us, but windows of opportunity are fading as more and more greenhouse gases accumulate in our atmosphere. These are the greenhouse gases that don’t let heat escape.

The good news is that Oregonians have an opportunity to help stop that proliferation of greenhouse gases. Oregon has a bill (The Clean Energy Jobs Bill) that seeks to put a cap on the largest emitters of greenhouse gases and invest in clean energy and related jobs, particularly in rural Oregon; an amazing win-win for Oregon and life on earth. Pam Marsh, our state representative in District 5, is fighting to advance that Clean Energy Jobs Bill.

The bad news is that Alan Deboer, our state senator in District 3, has reneged on his vows to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Alan Bates, and is one of the stumbling blocks to this bill by refusing to sign on as a co-sponsor. Just as he voted against health care in favor of big money wishes, he again sides with short-term profit over long-term life. Now he is undermining the efforts of both Ashland and Talent communities who are trying to reduce climate pollution and promote clean energy, and whose councils and citizens are beseeching him to support this urgently needed bill. Clearly DeBoer doesn’t represent Southern Oregon.

Big Money dollars bribe legislators to vote against our interests time after time. Words and smiles are meaningless: By their votes ye shall know them.

Lee Lull


Vote no on recall

Please vote “no” on the recall. As a community, we are better than this.

I have known both Jim and Rick for over 25 years. I trust them to make good decisions, grounded in research and facts. Over the years when it came to making a choice between the right thing and the easy thing, they both consistently choose the right thing. That choice does not always make them popular, but it makes them trustworthy and ethical.

Governing is more difficult than criticizing. What kind of effect will the recall have on our town and parks? A recall is not appropriate. Anyone who considers him or herself more qualified should run in the election.

Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.” Let’s support the people who consistently show up to protect our parks, seniors and our community with a resounding “no recall” vote.

Mary Krystine