Category Archives: Guest Opinion

States can lead the way on climate change. Let’s get to work.

Climate change is a nonpartisan problem with bipartisan solutions. The Trump administration’s pursuit of policies to reverse or supplant environmental laws that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions has made combating climate change difficult. But where the federal government refuses to lead, state governments will. For the sake of our future and the future of our children, it […]
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Here’s how to win on climate-change policy

As the United Nations climate conference enters the home stretch, a sense of gloom is setting in. Not only are global greenhouse gases projected to increase by 2.7 percent in 2018, but the solution that economists have long considered the most cost-effective — a carbon tax — just suffered two blows. Its recent defeat in France and Washington state is leading […]
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Opinion: Why not kick Oregon’s kicker to PERS?

Under Oregon’s unique 1979 kicker law, when revenues are lower than the economists’ estimate, we don’t pay higher taxes to make up the difference. Instead there are cuts to schools, foster care, clean air enforcement, public safety and the like. But when revenues are more than 2 percent higher than economists estimates, the so-called “kicker” […]
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Guest column: $30M funding for irrigation modernization benefits Oregon’s farmers and rivers

For farmers in the Tumalo Irrigation District, 2018 started a new era for modernizing their infrastructure. Thanks to Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., a vocal advocate for irrigation modernization in Washington, and the vision of area farmers to collaboratively transform their water delivery system to benefit agriculture and the environment, TID has been awarded nearly $30 […]
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Reform the Oregon Forest Practices Act

Another year of extensive wildfires, debilitating smoke, and several tragedies across the West have made it clear that Oregonians cannot afford forestry practices that continue to make this problem worse. The consequences of our forest management history and our changing climate have been illuminated by a hazy vermilion sun. The complex, fire-resilient forests of yesteryear […]
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Intelligent forest management needed

The devastation from last year’s wildfires is still unfolding at a scale that has not even begun to be understood. The socioeconomic impacts (loss of life, property, natural resources, massive impact on health and health care, economic impacts on business and real property, etc.) from last year’s wildfires are continuing to mount as other new […]
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Your view: Right to farm doesn’t mean right to harm

Editor’s note: This was written in response to our editorial in Friday’s paper. John Weisinger threatened me with a $100,000 lawsuit when I first moved here. He feared my inexperience with irrigating would flood and ruin his grapes. He was right. I had no knowledge of the relationships between the land I’d purchased, water, and […]
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Opinion: A Cascadia disaster is everyone’s business

People from all over the United States and the world come to visit the Oregon coast. I live in Cannon Beach and small coastal towns like mine — with a population of 1,710 — can expect tens of thousands of visitors on any given day. Tourism provides benefits, including thriving businesses, support for the arts […]
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There is no single cause or solution for Oregon’s wildfire problem

State Library Ed. Note:  The opposing guest opinion appeared in Monday’s eClips edition. Available HERE. OPINION: Writer believes there are many options to control wildfires out there, but parties must be willing to compromise. When it comes to Oregon’s wildfire problem, don’t believe anyone who points to a single cause — or a single solution. […]
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More logging and clear-cutting is not a solution to wildland fires

OPINION: Science suggests living with fire and working to protect and restore forest ecosystems to combat climate change that make fires worse. Tobacco is good for the lungs, coal is good for the air, and clear-cutting is good for streams, fish, and forest fires. Wait, what? Clear-cutting corporations are doubling down on their Big Tobacco-style […]
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