Herrera Beutler effective
I would be amused with Cate Gable’s column gushing praise for Oregonian Carolyn Long who’s running for Congress in Washington, but it goes completely off the rails and absurd when it claims Jaime Herrera Beutler “wants more guns in schools,” and to “deconstruct and damage our health care system”. At least Gable doesn’t criticize Jaime for refusing to raise taxes for more public art like her last column.
Jaime’s never proposed putting more guns in schools (whatever that means) but she has done more for the coast than any other federal representative in decades, and that includes Brian Baird, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. She’s gotten countless bills signed into law by both Presidents Trump and Obama helping fishermen get relief from burdensome federal fees, protecting crab fishermen and their cooperative tristate agreement that has been so helpful to their industry, and combating deceptive marketing practices by Russian companies that undermine U.S. seafood jobs.
A Georgetown University study reinforced recently what we already know about Jaime: she’s the 15th most effective bipartisan legislator in Congress. She’s recruited Democrats Kurt Schrader and Maria Cantwell to help push her sea lion predation bill in Congress. But she’s not afraid to stand up to the radical urban environmentalists that have killed jobs and decimated communities in rural areas, either. Look no further than her legislation to stop D.C. and Olympia bureaucrats from locking up 32,000 additional acres of forestland stretching from here up the peninsula for bird habitat. Carolyn Long? She spouts platitudes like “creating jobs is a number one priority,” but would she go after job-killing regulations like Jaime has? I don’t know, she’s does a lot of complaining about President Trump, but refuses to weigh in on local issues like these. In fact, other than holding lecture sessions, Long has little in the way of a platform other than eventually getting to government run health care that would wreck Medicare’s finances and end Medicare as we know it.
Pacific County Republicans and Democrats have seen what Jaime has done for them, and that’s why this traditionally blue county has always voted to send her back to Congress. I’m confident they will again this November.
Brett V. Malin
Plant trees for life
Trees are life. They provide oxygen, and sequester carbon. They filter air and water. They mitigate the effects of climate change. They encourage many species of birds by providing homes, protection from the elements, hiding places from predators, and food — to the tiniest hummingbirds all the way up to crows, ravens, hawks, owls, and eagles. (And the birds provide us with ecosystem services as well, such as pollination, and insect and rodent control.) Trees provide habitat for moss, lichen, and nitrogen fixing bacteria. They build and protect topsoil, stabilize sediments, and prevent erosion. They reduce nutrient runoff and water pollution. When you kill a tree you kill life. When you plant a tree, you support life.
Yes, we all use and need wood products. However, we don’t need new wood for every purpose. We can reuse and repurpose many wood products. Specialty wood recycling businesses for remodeling and other projects are profitable in many communities. Vintage wood furniture has a lot of class, and much of it was built to last for centuries. New is not necessarily better.
And yes, sometimes trees planted too close to homes or other buildings become dangerous. However, we can be very careful about our decisions of where to plant trees, and we can carefully choose the types of trees for the location. Trees, especially mature trees, increase the value of homes and other property. Tall mature street trees also increase the desirability of communities and neighborhoods. Planting trees is essential, for many reasons.
Deforestation is in full swing all around the planet, and carbon feedback is bringing us record breaking forest fires, every year. Our oceans once provided us with much of the oxygen we breathe; however, with ocean warming, pollution, acidification, and dead zones—that is far less true than it once was. And the condition of our oceans is getting worse overall, not better.
“Oxygen loss in the oceans is real, significant — and growing. And it is literally a matter of life and death…,” according to Jeff Nesbit, former National Science Foundation’s director of legislative and public affairs. (https://bit.ly/2LFM9Lf)
We are losing the oxygen producing capacity of our oceans. We can’t afford to lose our trees and forests as well. Trees are life. They produce oxygen and provide many ecosystem services; and they increase property value, and the desirability of communities. Anyone and everyone can find ways to support planting trees. If you need ideas, visit the Arbor Day Foundation: https://www.arborday.org. Need help selecting a special tree for a certain spot? Click on ‘Trees.’ Have the time to organize an event, large or small, to celebrate Arbor Day, (April 26, 2019)? Click on ‘Take Action,’ and choose ‘Volunteer.’ If you would like to support replanting trees in our devastated forests, choose ‘Donate.’
We can make a difference. Plant trees!