We can all do more; Thanks for supporting veterans — Letters to the Editor, Oct. 2, 2019

We can all do more; draw a line on climate change

In this country, the nation was built on the backs of human exploitation and the westward expansion expressed as our “manifest destiny.”

This mindset during the mid 1800’s was used to validate expanding U.S. territory as both justified and inevitable. The political, social and economic influences of this “at all costs” attitude are being felt today as resources are depleted and the air we breathe, the water we drink and land that we love are suffering the consequences.

When short-term profits are more important than the long-term consequences to the planet and people, we will all feel the effects.   

What have we done?

What can we do?

Recently, the attention this crisis deserves has been brought about by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish student and climate activist. She started alone with a climate strike and recently addressed the United Nations with a speech that called out the leaders of nations, “The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line.”

Millions around the globe joined the climate strike week that just concluded, recognizing that our house is indeed “on fire.”

We all have to draw a line.

We can all do more.

Be like Greta.

—Beverly Sherrill


Thanks for community support of veterans

Thanks to the generous citizens of the Florence area during the recent Veterans fundraiser held at Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart and Safeway.

Without the continued support from the citizens of local businesses, our fundraising could not continue.

Thanks to veterans groups American Legion Post 59 and Auxiliary, VFW Post 3232 and DAV Chapter 23.

—Mike Nielsen, Comm. AL

Fred Burns, Comm. VFW

Jerry Hernandez Comm. DAV


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