Doing What We Can: Climate Change and Inequality

By Mark Gamba, Mayor City of Milwaukee

The last time carbon in our atmosphere routinely exceeded 400 ppm was three million years ago. At that time temperatures were 3.6 to 5.4 degrees warmer, and the ocean levels were 15 to 25 meters higher. Imagine if, instead of being above 80 degrees the last week in July, we were well above 90 degrees, and in August if we exceeded 100 degrees for weeks on end. With summers that hot in the Northwest, the probability of wildfires and forest fires increases. Energy usage would skyrocket as more air conditioners were installed, and our air pollution would rival or exceed Los Angeles.

These are not predictions; they are all already happening. Climate change isn’t something happening in some distant future; it is already here.

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The Effects of Great Income and Wealth Inequality

By Donald Klosterman

We live in an era of increasing income and wealth inequality. Many of us have come to accept this as normal. Some see it as an outcome of our technology, others of our culture. Be it nature or nurture, we are no longer in balance with our environment or our society. We see the “other” as someone to be feared rather than helped. We routinely denigrate our environment for short-term economic gain even when we are well aware of the costs of such actions. We allow ourselves to be convinced that our neighbors are inferior in order to justify our waging war against them.

It is ironic that human offspring require more time to mature than almost any other species. From birth through the next decade, without watchful elders, without a protective and nurturing society, few children would ever make it to adulthood. Yet, we create myths that rather than being social creatures, we are independent and born with a right to freedom that justifies us harming our neighbors. Our institutions rarely accept the notion that it takes a village to raise a child.

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NCSD Announces School Board Vacancy

News Release from North Clackamas Sch. Dist.

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Applications Accepted until December 19, 2018

Milwaukie, OR (November 16, 2018) — North Clackamas School District (NCSD) announces that Position 3 on its School Board is currently vacant due to the resignation of Director Trisha Claxton. NCSD’s School Board declared the position vacant at their November 15, 2018 meeting, and approved the following timeline to fill the vacancy: Continue reading

Election Recap: Clackamas Celebrates Three New State Reps

When Clackamas County folks went to bed Monday night, they were represented in the Oregon House of Representatives by five Democrats and five Republicans. Twenty-four hours later, there were eight Democrats and just two Republicans. Continue reading

Today Demands Waiting as if Your Life Depended on It

By A Candidate

Excluding the 24 hours it took my wife to deliver our first baby, Election Day was the longest day of my life.

Devoting your life to one special event for well over a year, putting all your energies into one thing, one effort, one goal, takes its toll. Canvassing helped me lose 14 pounds. (I could lose another 14, but that’s another story.) Continue reading

Be Aware of Election Misinformation

You have just a few days left to turn in your ballot for the November 6 election. Initial results will be posted on results.oregonvotes.gov starting at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

There has been a lot of misinformation about this election, and likely more the closer we get to Tuesday. Some voters have been contacted by non-official entities telling them, incorrectly, that they are not registered to vote or that their voter registration is inactive. There have been incorrect statements and stories that it is too late to secure our elections and that our election system is easily hackable. Those stories are not true. Continue reading