LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Imagine what they'll want

Do you really want this election bought by the likes of Rove, Adelson, Trump and the Koch brothers? Just think what they will want in return. — Katie Ortlip, Ashland


Reconsider timber sales

Have my eyes deceived me, or did I read in the Ashland Daily Tidings on Sept. 1, that —… three timber sales in part of the Rio Climax Forest Management Project that contains about 2.5 million board feet of timber to be harvested from the slopes of Grizzly Peak and portions of the Little Butte Creek watershed"?

Does this mean that I and the countless others who consider Grizzly Peak as one of our favorite outdoor destinations (hiking, walking, wildflower viewing, etc.) will have to compete with logging trucks? Don't we matter, or is the BLM only concerned about the logging industry in Southern Oregon?

Even worse, logging intact old-growth forests increases short-term fire hazard by logging these magnificent trees, and they're building more logging roads when the ones that already exist are so poorly maintained. I worry my eyes have not deceived me. Please, please reconsider, BLM. — Helen Rosen, Ashland


Pitts is racist

I am in disbelief after reading "After 'hope and change,' what comes next?" I am a Caucasian woman who grew up in a racist home. I have a 9-year-old daughter and I am raising her not to be racist or hateful.

The only way I have broken the long line of hate over skin color and stereotypes is to teach by example not to be hateful, and not to be a hypocrite. Leonard Pitts Jr. talks like a racist talking against being a racist.

First, the comment that Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan don't seem like a party at all anymore, but a cult. It sounds negative, misleading and racist, said only to hurt and anger Caucasians, and perhaps when Pitts or anyone genuinely trying to educate the public on the hardships facing our president on racism in a fully Caucasian political party would use a correct term, instead of a racial slur like "whiter than polar bears in snow," because I wouldn't say "blacker than a witch's cat" or other derogatory comparisons between a specific race and wild animal.

I am also disappointed that the Mail Tribune printed subtle racism. I am not arguing with all the commentary, just the racial slurs, and people who fight hate with hate. — Sarah Hutchinson, Prospect


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