Cap and Trade – Carbon Issue

It is our observation that all bets are off on ‘Cap and Trade.’ Proponents are going to force a vote. The assurances of Senate leadership that ‘Cap and Trade’ will not move in 2018 are now being softened and walked back.

The Bill “Requires Environmental Quality Commission to adopt by rule program that places a cap on greenhouse gas emissions and that provides market-based mechanism for covered entities to demonstrate compliance.”

The reality is, adopting California’s cap-and-trade system would mean Oregon chasing its manufacturing and energy-intensive industries away just like California has since 2013. When California’s cap-and-trade system went into effect, California’s manufacturing sector suffered, leading to fewer manufacturing jobs. Outside of California’s wealthy enclaves, unemployment rates rocketed above national averages.

Oregon has already adopted strict new climate policies on transportation and electricity generation, from a Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which could add $.15 to the cost of a gallon of fuel, to directing Oregon’s largest utilities to divest entirely from coal. These groundbreaking climate policies need time to work without the burden of California’s cap-and-trade scheme.

We can’t continue to tell ourselves this is a non-issue in 2018.  We need to TAKE ACTION NOW.

 

The video and advocacy page – http://oregonchamber.org/capandtrade/ – need to be spread to every chamber and every chamber member throughout the state ASAP. Every local business needs to send a note to their legislator to oppose cap and trade now.

This issue affects us all.  Let our elected officials know how you’d like them to proceed.

Dallas Retirement Village

Dallas Retirement Village first started in 1947 when a small church bought a small yellow house to serve as a care center for aging adults. Originally it was called Dallas Home for the Aged, but when they opened an independent living apartment in 1995 it came to be called the name we know, Dallas Retirement Village. They have continued to grow around the needs of the community and recently opened The Lodge Residences, and Clubhouse in 2017. Just in time to celebrate their 70th anniversary.

Staying true to their roots as a charitable mission designed to serve the needs of the seniors, they have remained a not-for-profit community. Their mission remains; to provide a continuum of quality services and care to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of their residents with dignity and respect.

Dallas Retirement Village does not restrict this mission statement to just our senior citizens though. Currently they are offering regular courses such as the ongoing CNA course designed to meet the current demands. Annually they award a scholarship designed to encourage employees and students to continue working to improve in their professional field.

Their team of compassionate employees also reflect this vision. If you like coffee and have lived in Dallas for any amount of time, you know this face, Mary Sue Schroeder. Mary Sue was the manager of the first Starbucks to grace Dallas. She kept everyone smiling and caffeinated for 10 years working at the Starbucks located inside Safeway. If you have been missing this smiling face, you now know where to find her! She’s making her delicious drinks at The Lodge. She is an excellent asset to the already amazing team at Dallas Retirement Village.

On behalf of our community, thank you Dallas Retirement Village.

The Future Starts Now

Ever look back and think about the things you should have done? What life could have been like if you or someone else would have done something differently? Well STOP IT! Someone recently spoke to me in a way that I needed to hear. He said “Quit playing the blame game, it kills progress in life. Blame lives in the past and keeps you from accomplishing your best future when you’re living in the past.” Blaming one’s self or others will accomplish nothing to reach goals for the future.

When a martial artist breaks a board his or her focus is not on the board, rather he focuses past the board or through the board. It is the same when we are seeking to accomplish a task of any magnitude. When we encounter struggles of many kinds we must not focus on the issue at hand but continue to focus on the goal. 

So in our pursuits, we must continue to keep the focus of our mind’s eye on the prize to which we’ve committed. Be committed, get there, ‘break through the board’!  As every corporate trainer or motivational speaker has spoken at some point, ‘plan the work, work the plan’.