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Letters to the Editori - Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Lobby-controlled

To the editor:

In response to the editorial and subsequent letters to the editor on the topic of what may be purchased with SNAP benefits, may I just say “Follow the money.”

It is a well known fact that for years the junk food lobby has opposed health-oriented changes to SNAP, so if you are displeased with what you observe others purchasing with an EBT card, I suggest contacting each of your representatives and demanding that SNAP requirements be reformed to be more in line with the WIC program, and allowed only for nutritious foods.

It should also be noted that JP Morgan Chase has contracts, and therefore market power, for “EBT” or Electronic Benefits Transfers in about half the states. And that retailers, Walmart for example, are huge beneficiaries of the SNAP program - not just on purchases made by consumers, but by their employees, many of whom also rely on SNAP.

So, while I understand the frustration surrounding the subject of SNAP abuse, I think it would do us well to focus on those that have an interest in keeping the SNAP program just the way it is, rather than take it out on those who are simply purchasing items that are perfectly legal to, within the program.

Emily Conroy

The Dalles

At a crossroads

To the editor:

Humanity now stands at a crossroads. We can continue to burn fossil fuels in a business as usual manner, and accelerate our inevitable path to extinction, or we can make a turn in the road, and continue for a very long time in our 10,000-year climate sweet spot.

With respect to climate upheaval, we are in a uniquely democratic moment, when our destiny, at least in part, is in the hands of governors Inslee and Kitzhaber.

Our Governors can continue their policies by promoting renewable energy projects, and add real meaning to our progress by banning the transport of coal, especially export bound coal, and fracked oil, or let the trains and barges pass and make almost meaningless their efforts made to promote solar and wind energy.

They can understand that the choice is not between jobs and no jobs, but between cleaner jobs and unhealthy ones.

They can continue to support local creativity in cleaner manufacturing and the labor-intensive installation of solar and wind energy, as well as efficient transportation, manufacturing, and appliances, or support dirty-energy, big-buck, intensive jobs at home and overseas.

They can set environmental standards by looking at the cradle to grave cumulative impacts of all energy projects, including methane release from fracking, oil releases from deep water drilling, and toxic emissions from coal burning.

They can continue the feudalistic methods of letting fossil fuel corporations decide our fate, or decide it themselves as our elected officials.

They can listen to the sincere calls of the First Nations among us and protect the Columbia River and their spirits, cultures, and livelihoods, or they can buy into the incredible damage that spills, fires, explosions, dump sites, off loading facilities, dust, mercury and multiple toxins can cause to all of us.

They can begin to set the stage for a cohesive American energy policy, not a multi-national energy policy driven by the random chaos of quick short-term profit of these highly government subsidized corporate pirates.

It’s time to be smarter and end the era of drilling deeper and deeper, farther and farther, yielding multi-species extinction.

I wish I were in the governor’s shoes. Our path is wonderfully clear and uncomplicated. It is truly miraculous that we understand science, and can use it for our benefit, as we have done all along.

I hope our democratically elected leaders hear our logical and uncorrupted plea and have the courage to make that simple and ethical turn in the energy road.

Dave Berger

Lyle

Worm food?

To the editor:

Dear Gary [Fischer],

This will be my last letter to you. In my attempt to have a dialogue with you, I have asked many questions of you in my endeavor to understand why and how you have come to believe as you do about Christians. It was never my intention to debate you, only try and understand you. But you refuse to answer any of my questions, and have turned to lectures and accusatory slander. I refuse to be part of that.

However, I must address one proposition you make before I leave this forum. You write, and I quote: “There is no continuing conscious existence after death.”

Gary, then what is the big fuss all about? Why all the hate and accusations towards Christians if there is no consciousness after physical death? We will all be worm food if you are right. We live, we die. If there is a God who created us as Genesis states, but we do not have an immortal soul, a continuing spirit consciousness, then what we do between birth and death ain’t no big deal; anything goes. You see, if you are right, then you are born, tell nothing but the truth in your life, die and make the worms a nice dinner. And again, if you are right, I am born, tell all my lies, die and make worms a nice meal.

Gary, if you are right, then what Hitler did to the Jewish people does not matter one iota in the scheme of your doctrine: They lived, they died. He lived, he died. That’s all folks! Pharaoh and Moses, same ending? Ted Bundy and his victims, same ending? You the truth teller, me the liar, same end?

Again, if you are right, then your doctrine and your god have nothing to offer mankind but a very lonely grave.

I’ll end this way, Gary, you had better be right in what you believe and teach, because if you are not you have everything to lose. However, if I am wrong and you are the one who is right, I lose nothing because it’s the dirt for me, just like it will be for you. The liar and the truth teller end up in the same condition: worm food. That is, of course, unless you really did not mean: “There is no continuing conscious existence after death.”

Jerry Krewson, pastor

Wasco

Merry _

To the editor:

Just got done watching a video, and I’m thinking hard about its message. I’m not going to be offended by ANYONE wishing me a Happy/Merry , because that means I respect whatever their belief/non-belief is. If they’re kind enough to offer wishes of good cheer, it’s not what they say that matters, it’s the feeling behind it all. I feel that there isn’t a war on Christmas; it’s more a war on people not respecting other people’s traditions, beliefs and opinions.

We have forgotten that our nation is a collage of people from all over.

And just as they bring their cuisine, clothing style and music, so too do they bring their religious beliefs. And let us not overlook those who don’t practice a religion; their opinions and beliefs matter just as much as anyone’s.

So, instead of slinging a lot of horse crap at each other over who says what, how about we try to just be polite, and say, “Thank you, and a Happy/Merry _ to you as well.”

Lynn O’Brien

The Dalles

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