A poor track record

It is hilarious to see John McCain, Lindsay Graham and President Obama trying to act all rough and tough on national security when it comes to the Edward Snowden situation. What a joke, and a very bad one at that!

Snowden is only exposing the fact that our beloved government has been spying on all of us for no good reason. He is not the criminal, the people running our government are the criminals.

Politicians like McCain and Obama want to give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Many of these immigrants belong to violent drug gangs who have killed over 60,000 at the Mexican border. President Obama says the border area has never been safer — that sure makes me feel a lot better about our "national security." I think McCain and Obama have a poor track record when it comes to national security.

The Arab Spring was a big success in Egypt, wasn't it? Only 20 million people protested against the Muslim radical extremists we helped put into office there. What is the response by President Obama? He wants to give $300 million to a bunch of cutthroat Muslim rebels affiliated with al-Qaida in Syria. Good job Barry! — Joe Thomas, Brookings

FBI, go home

The FBI is spending our tax dollars knocking on doors in the Rogue Valley looking for information about an alleged "domestic terrorism" act: destroying sugar beets. It appears someone or a group of people trespassed onto property and destroyed some GMO crops before they could go to seed and spread genetically modified seeds in the valley.

A crime? Perhaps, though "necessity" is a defense even to trespass or destruction of property if done to "avert a greater evil." But the real question we should be asking is why local law enforcement can't handle the matter and why, when people make political statements, there is a jump to label it "terrorism."

All who value the Constitution and the right to protest should be offended and telling the FBI to go after those who may be damaging our entire ecosystem and food chain and buying off politicians — chemical companies like Monsanto and Syngenta. — Eric Sirotkin, Ashland

Park service worried about Bybee

As a college student home for the summer, I am reminded of the incredible beauty of Southern Oregon's natural environment. My family and I especially love Crater Lake National Park. So, I was surprised and disappointed to hear that the Forest Service is planning the Bybee timber sale, a scale logging and road construction project right next to Crater Lake.

I decided to take a closer look at the project, and I found that the National Park Service has expressed some serious concerns to the Forest Service about the potential negative effects of the project, including additional road building, the spread of invasive weeds and increased fire severity. It seems to me that the management of our National Forest should support and protect a national park like Crater Lake, not threaten it.

There are better, more considerate ways to manage the forests next to Crater Lake National Park than the Bybee timber sale. We need to help preserve Crater Lake for all of the hikers, all of the visitors, and all of the Oregonians who appreciate its natural splendor. — Alex Vermie, Medford

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