Less for PERS, more for schools

I think that the state should give less money to PERS and more money to schools. My school has really old, beat-up textbooks when some retired people are getting more money than they did when they were working. Our schools are having lots of budget cuts, and I think we deserve better. — Logan Thurman, Central Point

How many times?

The public comment period for the proposed "Bybee Vegetation Management Project" located within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest ended on Feb. 28. Also on the 28th, the Mail Tribune published an article stating that environmental groups believe this project "crosses the line" of sound forest management.

My question is this: How many times do we have to hear this same argument on almost every single project? Proposed projects on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land are routinely chastised and litigated by environmental groups. These groups state that the project is proposing to "effectively clearcut old-growth timber." As usual, these groups have a hard time being truthful. The preferred alternative proposes to utilize free thinning, overstory removal and group selection.

Each prescription will be based on the individual characteristics of each stand of timber within the sale area. As stated in the Environmental Assessment, much of the area has an unhealthy number of trees; simply put, too many trees. This has led to a lack of openings for wildlife habitat (feeding areas), various root diseases, bark beetle attacks, etc. Apparently the 290-page analysis by local USFS specialists isn't good enough for the Portland-based environmental groups. — Jeremy Wuerfel, Medford

Crater crosswalk needed

I have an idea that might save a life. We need a crosswalk going across Highway 99 to Crater High School. It would help lots of kids get to school safer and easier that way. And at each side of the crosswalk there should be buttons that the students could press to make a light flash.

The probability of a student getting hit is high, and none of us want to open your newspaper to a story of another kid getting hit, especially when at this location it is predictable and therefore avoidable. We shouldn't wait for the many years until they finally turn it into an intersection. — Erik Olsen, Central Point

Obama deserves an Oscar

I noticed that the motion-picture folks handed out Oscars a few days ago. Oscars are given to people who stand in front of a camera, pretend to be someone they are not and recite words written by someone else; this is called acting.

I was surprised that Obama didn't receive an Oscar. He stands in front of a camera, pretends to be president and recites words that are written by someone else.

Apparently even Obama's Hollywood buddies don't think he's doing a good job. His acting leaves a lot to be desired.

I must admit that Obama is doing one thing right. With his sequester fiasco, he is admitting that he has absolutely no idea how to manage the national budget. In fact, he has no idea how to manage anything because he has zero management skills. He has never had a real job in his life, nor has he managed anything. — C. Andrew Beck, Medford

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