Another view on Tipi Village

My family has hunted on Soda Mountain for over 100 years and through four generations. I myself have been hunting in this area for over 42 years. Recently, while on Soda Mountain we went down into the Tipi Village area as we have for many years and were appalled at the condition of the land and squalor in the area. We observed old washing machines and broken bicycles lying about, stacks of old pallets, tables bolted to trees, springs diverted with PVC to fill water buckets, young saplings cut down to make teepee poles, garbage bags everywhere, fuel cans strewn about and outdoor cooking during fire season.

The destruction of young saplings, the diversion of natural running springs and the overabundance of garbage and human debris strewn about leaves much to doubt about their claim of being one with the land.

If you suspect the validity of my statement or the condition of the property, please make that beautiful drive up the mountain. You too will be appalled and saddened by these conditions. What once was a pristine mountain area is now the back lot of wasted living. — Brad Hewitt, Rogue River

Cloth is the winner

In response to the diaper dilemma: I am amazed at the lack of diaper knowledge I encounter.

First of all, cloth diapers are available at Fred Meyer, Walmart and BummsRus. There are two types. Old style cloth — fold to size, pin and use plastic pants — and new stylish varieties with snaps or Velcro that adjust to size and have a moisture cover built in.

I used the old style cloth on my first child in 1985, reused them on the next child in 1995 and then used them as rags after that. My daughter uses the new style. She's diapered two children with them and will diaper her third in October with the same diapers.

Cloth diapers are easy to use (I brought my babies to work with me daily); they adjust to fit by folding, Velcro or snapping; they don't fill up the landfill; they don't disappear (you have to launder them, but you don't run out); and are less expensive, even factoring in washing costs. After the math the "per diaper change" cost on cloth range from 6 cents to 22 cents. Disposables' average cost is 36 cents.

If people need diapers donated I think cloth is the clear winner. — Geneve Spencer, Medford

We all washed diapers

In reference to Eleanor Schlapfer's letter regarding the "diaper dilemma": I did the same thing; we all did at that time; we took care of ourselves and our own. No way did we expect anybody else to pay for our baby's needs! If you can't afford your child's needs, then don't have one to start with.

Regarding Joel Marks' letter, I concur with everything he said. Additionally, "illegal" means illegal!

And I will bring up a subject that surfaces every year that needs to be addressed. Had there not been a sneaky Pearl Harbor, there would have never been a Nagasaki or Hiroshima! — Mary Engelson, Medford

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