A step backwards

The headwaters of the Rogue offer something for everyone. Places like Takelma Gorge, the Natural Bridge and Union Creek draw visitors and families from around the state and are an important part of a legacy that we inherit from those who came before us and leave for those who come after us.

So I am disheartened that the Forest Service is proposing extensive road construction and logging in some of the last remaining wildland Rogue headwater tributaries of Bybee, Castle and Foster Creeks directly adjacent to Crater Lake National Park.

For years the High Cascades Ranger District has worked to produce timber while working with stakeholders to also protect watershed and forest health. I appreciated the work of Joel King and Kerwin Dewberry, who worked hard to successfully produce jobs in the forest and wood for local mills while protecting our invaluable natural assets.

The abrupt shift toward logging old-growth and punching roads into sensitive watersheds in the Bybee timber sale is a huge step backward and a significant threat to our shared Rogue River legacy. The Forest Service can and should do better to bring our community together. — Lesley Adams, Phoenix

Truly harebrained

George Will recently called federal investment in renewable energy technologies "harebrained green investments" (April 28) because one electric car company recently failed. Yet the federal program's diverse portfolio has performed remarkably well.

Truly "harebrained" is the fact that Big Oil continues to rake in record profits and billions in subsidies. The Citizen's Climate Lobby believes that fossil fuels should be taxed on extraction, and the taxes returned to consumers. Their fee-and-dividend approach levels the playing field for renewable energy while preventing negative impacts to our economy.

Will also insinuated that a recent slowdown in warming casts doubt on climate change. The slowdown is associated with natural variation, including the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, which is expected to swing back as the cycle continues. The last decade was still the hottest on record.

George Will asserted that ending federal investment in renewable technologies is the "adult" thing to do. In that case, I would rather align myself with those principled and energized young people leading divestment campaigns around the country to protect their rights to a livable climate. As SOU students ask the university to transition away from fossil fuel investments, they need our support in standing up to "adults" like George Will. — Marni Koopman, Ashland

Put it in Ashland

Here's a suggestion for the Coquille Indian Tribe: How about locating the casino in the community where Chief Ken Tanner resides, namely, Ashland? — Barbara Barnes, Medford

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