LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Not everyone needs college

Most jobs (and most of them are good and honorable jobs) do not require college.

Be a police officer, firefighter, EMT, deliver the mail. Learn a trade on the job and be a plumber, electrician, mason, auto mechanic. Be a Realtor, sell cars or drive a truck. These jobs require training but do not require four years of college.

My comments relate to the front-page story concerning low college enrollment. Only about 20-25 percent of adults have a college degree. That doesn't make the rest of the population less.

Granted, if you want to be an accountant, teacher or nurse you will need a college degree. However, there is nothing wrong with the non-college jobs just mentioned.

Let's remember college is very expensive, requires a 3.0 GPA or better, and some grads pick a degree that isn't job-friendly (i.e., sociology). Also, for anyone who remembers their freshman year in college, a number of kids spend their first year majoring in partying!

My comments are only meant to put college in perspective — not everyone needs to go to college.

I was a high school teacher, so I have a degree. However, I was restrained in telling students that they have to go to college. — John Horning, Grants Pass


Don't trash forests

It is obvious that there is an orchestrated effort from the timber industry and financially struggling counties to increase logging on so-called "O&C" lands in Oregon. Oregon legislators are under extreme pressure to increase and tie O&C lands logging to county budgets.

Some of Oregon's most special public lands are O&C lands, including the Wild Rogue River and lands throughout the Applegate and Rogue valleys. If timber companies have their way, logging practices regularly used on industrial, private timberlands such as clearcutting down to bare soil and spraying herbicides will also be used on public lands, many of which surround Southern Oregon communities.

Yes, cash-strapped counties need to figure out a revenue source just like other counties throughout America. No, trashing the legacy of our national forests is not the way to do this. Let's find an approach that safeguards clean drinking water, ancient forests, water quality in our rivers and streams and the scenic beauty that makes Southern Oregon a great place to live, work and raise a family. This is what I want for my family, and for our next generation of Rogue Valley residents, don't you? — Shannon Clery, Ashland


Don't blame the schools

I wondered how long it would take for someone to blame the Sandy Hook murders on the school system (Hans Stroo, June 14).

Excuse the murderer because he didn't have enough psychotherapy sessions at the school. Poor child was ostracized at school. Maybe that was Charles Manson's problem.

Don't pay to protect the children, hire more psychologists. Everyone is ostracized at some point in their life, but they don't kill. — Pat Butler, Medford


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