National monuments threatened

President Trump signed an executive order requiring review of all monuments under the Antiquities Act designated after 1996 with over 100,000 acres of land. President Teddy Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act in 1906 to safeguard and preserve federal lands that have cultural, scientific and historical objects of interest. No president has ever revoked a national monument, and for good reason: Such an attack on our nation’s public lands and heritage is deeply unpopular and likely illegal.

This executive order threatens dozens of national monuments, including our own Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. We must join our voices together in strong opposition because an attack on one monument is an attack on all.

The monument is home to an extraordinary variety of species and habitats. It connects three distinct ecosystems, offering unrivaled vistas, access to the Pacific Crest Trail, protection for cultural sites and learning opportunities for youth, and provides year-round outdoor recreation.

The Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument acts as a voice for the monument’s landscape and the biologically diverse communities of plants and animals that describe this environment. We oppose any action to revoke or reduce the protections to this and other monuments. Please stand with us and take action.

Terry Dickey, chairman, Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Ashland

Adjust tinfoil hats

After reading the Point/Counterpoint article in Sunday, April 30 paper, I respectfully suggest that authors Haskins and Burnett have their tinfoil hats readjusted.

“The number of workers employed full-time has risen by 1.3 million since Trump was elected in November” bears some review. What happened between Nov. 9, 2016 and Jan. 20, 2017 cannot be attributed to the current sitting president. Also, bear in mind that the holiday season accounts for temporary jobs being added to the workforce. Trump had little to do with that, either.

Trump’s recent, somewhat fanciful claim that he “created 600,000 jobs” since taking office can also be dismissed by a few simple facts from the U.S. Labor Department: A total of 219,000 jobs were created in February and 98,000 in March. That makes a total of 317,000 new jobs.

L.J. Zinkand

Medford

Off in the wrong direction

On May 1, I phoned Congressman Walden’s office to express my strong disagreement with his support for Trumpcare 2.0, which is even more draconian than the first version because, for example, it would allow insurers to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions. The staff member I spoke with said that they didn't really know yet what was in the new health care bill.

Apparently, Walden’s staffer doesn’t read a newspaper. Even more surprising, the staffer then referred me to the website of New Jersey Congressman Tom MacArthur. (He is credited with drafting the draconian changes referred to above.)

I went to MacArthur’s website, expecting to find a summary of the new health care bill or of the changes that made it different from the first bill. I found nothing even close to that.

I cannot imagine how anyone could think that such misdirection qualifies as an acceptable response to a concerned citizen. Perhaps Walden has directed his staff to handle citizens who disagree with him by sending them off in the wrong direction. If so, then it seems that Walden is the one heading in the wrong direction.

Peggy Vernier

Medford