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Individual health plans at risk

I am a licensed health broker and have been following closely the activities of Cover Oregon, which is the private company that will run the Oregon Exchange.

I am shocked that more Oregonians are not paying attention to what is happening to individual health plans in Oregon.

The Oregon Insurance Division, under the directive of Cover Oregon, issued a bulletin on Feb. 22 (Bulletin 2013-1) that states that all individual plans in the state must be terminated no later than March 31, 2013!

So much for “If you like your plan, you can keep it.”

Monica Cox

West Linn

Get lights on your bike before it’s too late

I think this idea would be beneficial, and possibly life saving, to skateboard and bicycle users: at night, when coming up behind one of the mentioned, if they haven’t any reflectors or lights they are very hard to spot.

I would like to see some sort of safety feature added to them before I either hit or run over one, because doing it after an accident is much too late.

Ron Franklin

St. Helens

Legislators need to stand up for solar power

As a recent arrival from California, I always thought of Oregon as an environmental leader. And in so many ways it already is. But when it comes to solar power, we’re far behind. In fact, right now we get less than one percent of our energy from the sun.

Luckily, this spring our state legislators have the opportunity to put us in front on this issue. By passing strong solar policies, leaders in Salem can re-power our state with pollution-free energy from the sun that never runs out and is only going to get cheaper.

I urge leaders in Salem to stand up for our health and environment, and make Oregon a leader on solar power. Ibolya Mandoki