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Marijuana use compromising public safety

It’s funny how everything those of us who were opposed to the legalization of “recreational marijuana” warned you was going to happen is happening. It was just a matter of a few days after sales became legal before a pedestrian was hit and killed by a stoned driver. If I remember right, Washington made it a month or so before that happened.

There has been many injury accidents, traffic and others, that could have been prevented if involved parties had not been stoned.

But the one that takes the cake, one all you children safety advocates, possibly a good percentage of voted to legalize it, should be concerned about, was an 8-year-old boy from Klamath Falls, while on an outing at a local quarry, found a cookie still sealed in its original wrapper, and ate it.

The boy came home feeling sick and vomited. His mother, thinking he had food poisoning, asked him what he ate, he told her and her boyfriend went back and found the package. On reading the label, they discovered that cookie was infused with 50 milligrams of THC. That cookie was probably dropped by some foggy-headed, stoned-out pothead who, as they put it, enjoy freedom.

Well, this time in your carelessness and stupidity, a young child got sick; it could have been worse. When are people going to come out of the fog and step back into reality? When is public safety going to get back to being a serious matter?

I sure hope the next president and state legislature has better moral standards than the current ones.

Ken Bellamy


Time to make history for Oregon’s climate

We Oregonians take pride in being environmental leaders. From the Bottle Bill in 1971 to setting strong renewable energy targets in 2007, our state has again and again been on the cutting edge of building a greener, healthier future and an economy powered by sustainable jobs. But lately we’ve fallen behind.

During the last several years, Oregon has failed to make much headway on the biggest environmental challenge of all: climate change. We have targets for reducing carbon pollution that exist on paper, but no binding policy to enforce them. Meanwhile much of our electricity still comes from coal, largely from out-of-state coal plants. While other regions like California and the Northeast are taking concrete steps to phase out coal power and enforce strong climate policies, Oregon has not yet caught up.

Fortunately, the 2016 special session gives Oregon legislators a chance to correct this. Two vital bills, the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Bill (HB 4036) and the Healthy Climate Act (SB 1574), would end coal power imports to our state while giving Oregon a way to enforce climate goals. The legislature should pass these important bills now.

Nick Engelfried


Modesty key to respect

Most, if not all, people desire to be respected as an individual. However, we have forgotten how to express respect for an individual. We, as a society, have forgotten the importance of respect because we emphasize the importance of our bodies, which consequently lessens the light we shine on an individual’s character. So how do we claim back respect for our individuality? We should look to modesty for our answer.

Modesty is misunderstood by society. It is believed to limit expression and oppress women. In truth, modesty is a choice to emphasize the beauty of character rather than the beauty of the body. Rather than oppress, modesty encourages a woman to dress herself with confidence in her character, reminding her there is more to who she is than just her body. Dressing modestly allows the beauty of character to shine forth, which enhances the beauty of the body complementary to the beauty of character.

As a society, we have forgotten that beauty is not just skin deep. Recognizing the true value of practicing modesty is crucial to reminding ourselves that individuality comes from our character and not our bodies.

Maria Wanner