LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Article was fantasy

It disturbed me to read "Report says dam removal good for Klamath salmon" in the Feb. 5 MT, published with sugar-coated terms, numbers blown out of proportion and statements of fantasy.

It stated that a 90 percent drop in salmon was caused by dams, over-fishing, poor water quality, disease, etc. My question is, what percentage is caused by dams.

It stated dam removal would open up 420 miles of habitat. The major source is Klamath Lake, approximately 35 river miles above Iron Gate Dam. The state of Oregon is not 420 miles long.

"Dam removal would improve the ability of fish to cope with global warming by opening up more access to cold water." Fantasy! Anyone who lives in the area knows that Klamath Lake is huge and shallow, which makes the water warm. No dam removal is going to change that.

As to removing four clean, renewable energy sources, I would think that any proposal must include an alternate renewable energy source to replace that loss. Not paid for by a surcharge on our energy rates! — Roger Hansen, White City


Freedom is fragile

The key words of "little" and "temporary" in Benjamin Franklin's quote are subordinate to the word "liberty" (freedom), which is the reason for the quote.

A person should study the relationship between colonial America and the tyrannical government of England during the 1770s. After doing this study, read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers. The wisdom of the Founding Fathers then becomes apparent.

Einstein was a brilliant mathematician, but was not wise in the way our forefathers were when forming our country's laws to protect our liberties. There is a difference between brilliant and wise.

Personal freedom is very fragile, and therefore it must be defended and fought for constantly, otherwise it disappears. — Ray Novosad, Eagle Point


Appreciate your carrier

I imagine a lot of people are thinking about their mail carriers right now. Not only are they going to get a day off without pay, but also they will have a bigger mountain of mail to sort every Monday morning.

So less pay, more work! Do you ever think about how hard your mail carrier works? How much responsibility they have?

There is no special day to honor these hard-working people, so I have come up with an idea: how about making St. Valentine's Day a special day of thanks for them? A good time to let 'em know we love them and appreciate them.

City or rural, we're all waiting for them to bring us a nice surprise, so let's give them one! — Lorna Erskine, Jacksonville


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