Leave fish in the river

The Lost Creek hatchery has been in operation for more than 35 years. At the time they put in the dam, when I traveled up and down the Oregon Coast, I observed sea lions at the Sea Lion Caves only. Now there are sea lions at the mouth of every stream. Therefore, they should no longer be on the endangered species list.

A few years ago, it was publicized that steelhead were worth $1 million to the local economy. The salmon spring run should be worth $50 million to our economy right now.

The salmon and steelhead should be left in the river for local fishermen to catch. Many more licenses would be sold, and the state would benefit economically at a great rate. Steelhead spawn and return to the ocean and then come back to the Rogue, as well as their offspring. Salmon spawn and die, providing food for other fish from the carcasses and eggs for six months.

If Department of Fish and Wildlife insists on killing salmon, why not sell them all locally? Right now they sell them to a Washington company for resale. — Robert Murphy, Trail

Infant in chief

A letter writer to the Mail Tribune exhorts us prior to every election to vote for those who best "take care of the people." How is he feeling now as, presumably, his guy is maximizing the ill effects of a trivial reduction in the rate of growth of government spending? Several reasonable alternatives have been presented to him but, for the first time in his terms of office, he claims to not have or want the authority to make cuts that minimize the impact.

One of my Democrat buddies assured me in late 2008 to just wait and I would see some real governing. Au contraire, after successfully duping the electorate into thinking the state of the economy was not a result of his policies, he has now, upon re-election, started irresponsibly releasing criminals and shirking his national security responsibility by saying he does not have the authority to move an aircraft carrier because the Republicans don't want him to spend more.

The federal government is spending more this year than last despite the projected sequester. The president's actions are a hissy-fit thrown by a petulant child. He needs a spanking. — Donald C. Young, Medford

Little League says thanks

Gold Valley Little League would like to send a special thank you to Mountain View Paving for the complete reconstruction to our fields and parking lot! Mountain View Paving so generously purchased materials to reconstruct our fields and parking lot, along with all the time it took to complete the job and the employees of this company who found it in their hearts to volunteer their time.

Without the dedication and willingness of this team, our fields and parking lot would never look this amazing! On behalf of the Gold Valley Little League board, managers, coaches and players, we cannot thank you enough. — Kristi Holt, Gold Valley Little League

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