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Letters, April 1

Who slept through civics?

On Sunday, Jim Tribbey’s letter criticized State Sen. Jeff Golden, contending that majority rule is “running roughshod over everyone,” that Golden’s generation is “a bunch of spoiled, aging children” who “never felt they had to take their education seriously.” He then twice accuses Golden of “sleeping through civics class.”

It might surprise Tribbey to learn that Jeff Golden has a masters in communications from Stanford, a university that takes education and public service seriously.

Golden’s plea to pay attention to people’s feelings (criticized by Tribbey) is backed up, in Golden’s op-ed, by noting that he has marked up scores of bills in committee to accommodate Republican legislators. This is not “running roughshod.”

Tribbey may have slept through classes in English, critical thinking, debate and history as well as civics. His arguments are all ad hominem, personal attacks on Golden without any facts to support them.

When Republicans flee the Legislature, Tribbey implies that the Bill of Rights protects this dereliction of duty. This is the closest Tribbey comes to citing any support for his accusations, but apparently he also slept through his constitutional law class. The Bill of Rights says nothing about rules of the Legislature.

I take Golden’s advice to listen to my friends of different political beliefs. When I listen to Tribbey, I hear disorganization, baselessness and anger. He will have to do better to convince me or anyone else.

Art Buck

Ashland

Support Ecosystem Protection Act

The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) is a bill outdoor enthusiasts dream of. It protects a rich assemblage of ecosystems in five states including Oregon. Written by scientists and community members, it will be reintroduced to the U.S. Senate April 14.

Please ask your House and Senate representatives to cosponsor it.

NREPA’s wildlands are ecologically relevant to President Biden’s 30X30 Resolution goals, it supports our carbon-reduction goals by preserving forests, and sustainably contributes to the area’s cultural and economic vitality by creating forest and wildlife jobs.

NREPA helps ensure rare wildlife such as lynx, wolverines and boreal owls can survive for future generations to enjoy. It upgrades the status of 23 million acres of national forest to wilderness, and designates wildlife corridors on public lands that connecting fragmented habitats.

The area’s immense watersheds would be protected as Wild and Scenic, supporting migrations and spawning grounds of salmon, steelhead, arctic grayling, white sturgeon and bull and cutthroat trout.

The U.S. can become an environmental leader by passing the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act to safeguard nature’s resilience in this iconic American bioregion.

Katy Belt

Ashland