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After a half-term, ‘swamp’ effect not what it seemed

He promised “I will drain the swamp.”

Why do I have this terrible sinking feeling?



Planet needs leadership for future generations

I just read John McCutcheon’s emotional letter on the real and present dangers of climate change in the Nov. 30 Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. I, too, am very concerned and, like Mr. McCutcheon, call for true leadership to preserve a livable planet for current and future generations.

Mr. McCutcheon and other concerned Arkansans may be heartened to know that five courageous lawmakers introduced an effective bipartisan climate bill into the House of Representatives on Nov. 27.

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 7173, is the most significant legislation to emerge from members of the 90-member bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus since its creation nearly three years ago. The bill’s original co-sponsors are Reps. Francis Rooney, R-Fla.; Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.; Ted Deutch, D-Fla.; John Delaney, D-Md.; and Charlie Crist, D-Fla. Dave Trott, R-Mich, has subsequently sponsored.

The bill’s provisions are fair and transparent. They include placing a steadily rising fee on fossil fuels at the source and returning net revenue to American families to spend as they see fit. A border adjustment safeguards American jobs. Farmers are protected. Emissions would fall 40 percent over 12 years. Over 2 million jobs would be created.

Per the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, the bill would “provide a substantial boost to low-carbon generation sources including solar, wind and nuclear energy, and virtually eliminate the use of coal in the U.S. electricity system by 2030.”

Learn more at www.energyinnovationact. org. Tell Congressman Steve Womack to use climate as a bridge issue and to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Our grandchildren’s future depends on it.



Local immigration effort

‘not who we are’ in NWA

The separation of children and families at our southern border has been all over the news but you may not know that we have our own family separation program going on right here in Northwest Arkansas.

It’s known as 287g. That’s the name of the agreement that allows sheriffs’ deputies in Washington and Benton counties to act like Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents These two counties’ sheriffs agreed with ICE to turn undocumented people over for detention and deportation when they are apprehended and brought to the county jails, even for minor offenses — such as AWB, or arrested when brown. So your local tax dollars are paying for our local law enforcement to do the federal government’s work for them. Our counties are the only ones in Arkansas with this agreement. Why? Are we a “welcoming” community in name only?

No contacting family, no arrangement for children, no lawyer, no criminal charges, no convictions. If the person isn’t a native-born citizen, the sheriff calls ICE. The official story is they are protecting the public from dangerous criminals. So the offense that would get a white person, like me, a misdemeanor charge and turned loose, sends the brown person to detention and potential deportation out of the country.

If this offends you as much as it should, you can demand that the sheriffs cancel 287g. A public meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the training room of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, 1300 S.W. 14th St. in Bentonville. We need to pack the room and let them know that this is not who we are.



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