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Letters to the Editor

Carbon polluters

Your editorial on Sunday, Jan. 14, went into to great detail to say “Automobiles represent almost half of all carbon emissions....” When I started driving in 1949, gas “wars” saw gas at $0.20/gallon and gold at $40/oz. Today gas is $2.80/gallon and gold is $1,300+/oz. Gold is 32 times as expensive, gas 14 times as expensive. That is inflation, and gold is a monetary standard.

Raise the $0.45 Washington tax to an even $1 per gallon and the carbon tax would hit the greatest polluters. I’m sure our neighbor to the south, Oregon, would soon follow. Maybe Oregon also would save money on eliminating toll booths on I-5 and I-205.

Raising the price would also promote the use of electric cars, reducing more carbon emissions. It’s a win/win solution. How about it Sen. Dean Takko. Remember our personal discussion on cleaner cars, before Washington went to California emissions? I don’t remember how you voted, but you did nicely discuss with me.

David Westerlund


Clinic questions

Some questions come to mind in regard to the proposed drug treatment center in Kelso.

1. What is the success rate for this type of program and what is the rate of recidivism?

2. How long are individual drug addicts allowed to stay in the program, (i.e., if they are satisfied with the high from methadone)?

3. Since Acadia Healthcare is a for-profit company that is willing to spend three quarters of a million dollars to refurbish the WorkSource building, it seems obvious they are assuming they will recoup their investment and eventually show a profit. How much is this going to cost the taxpayers, assuming the program works?

4. Will the government and the American Medical Association eventually come up with some regulations for the medical profession to regulate prescription painkillers?

The Kelso city fathers ousted a group of Christians who were trying to help people, from a still empty building, but they don’t seem to have a problem with this drug treatment center. So are they hoping for some upturn in revenue?

Daniel Stanley


Ask legislators

to act now

I recently had the pleasure of talking face-to-face with my legislators about climate change bills being considered this session. Each bill addresses an important action to lower green house gas emissions over the next 10 to 30 years. By now these are tried and true solutions. We can learn from our neighboring states and join them in leading the United States toward lowering carbon emissions.

I also asked legislators to support Gov. Inslee’s carbon tax bill, which is carefully tailored to meeting the needs of Washington State. The world keeps growing warmer, while fires, hurricanes, droughts and other extreme weather events pound us. Fortunately, we continue to develop better technologies and ways to mitigate climate change. This is a short legislative session — tell your legislators to act now.

Gloria Nichols


Sowing discord

I read Sunday’s article (The Daily News, Jan. 28) about the Young America’s Foundation with growing dismay. Much of what is being taught at these gatherings is harmful to a free society such as ours. Those who attend are being told what to say and what to think; that anyone who has an opposing viewpoint is wrong. They are being instructed to follow their party and president blindly and without question. The fact that several news agencies have printed negative articles about the president does not indicate a bias. Far from it, it shows that freedom of the press is working as intended. Good presidents accept such criticism, confident that their actions speak for themselves.

The amount of negative thoughts and social discord generated by the YAF is staggering. This is not how a free society works. They are attempting to create an us vs them mentality; one in which one side is right about everything and the other is always wrong. This sort of mental conditioning is what has given power to many oppressive regimes throughout history.

Timothy Zahn