Expo noise pollution
The concert on Sept. 3 tortured most of Central Point for over five hours, 5 until after 10 p.m. almost non-stop. When it is louder than the TV inside your home at the corner of Highway 99 and Scenic Drive, it is noise. Call to Central Point Police was out of jurisdiction. The Sheriff's Office could only tally complaints since the county has no noise ordinance. The “Country Crossings” multi-stage, 12-plus hour, multi-day event was not heard at all outside of the fairgrounds! Yet sept. 3's event imposed itself on just about everyone within several miles of the Expo. What can be done to make sure it never occurs again?
Accept the results
Climate change and its causes are much debated. To understand the science behind it requires that we assemble information and knowledge from very many specialties and sub-specialties; earth and marine sciences, physical and computer sciences.
This has been done by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and it has now issued five reports, the last being in 2014. Experts from 120 countries met regularly and evaluated the work of thousands of researchers throughout the world as they prepared their reports. They have issued increasingly severe warnings about the extent of climate change.
Alan Journet, a distinguished scientist, has spent much time studying the area and sharing his accumulated knowledge with us.
Bob Schlapfer, in a recent letter, calls for “Free speech, the unfettered exchange of ideas ... .” Regarding the existence of anthropogenic-caused climate change, we have had the discussion and we need to accept the results. However, we do need more discussion on how the burden of climate change will be shared across society, and what trade-offs must society make in addressing the problem. Share your thoughts and ideas on how we may address this most serious problem at www.socan.eco and www.rogueclimate.org.
Fog lights too bright
Isn’t it interesting that 100 years ago, the police were cracking down on inconsiderate motorists who didn’t dim their headlights? Just think, they didn’t even have to deal with those ultra bright fog lights! (They do turn off, folks ...)
I have wondered just how many accidents, or near misses, have been caused by drivers blinded by those four oncoming headlights. It was illegal then, and it is illegal now. Maybe the police ought to issue a few citations just as a start?
I am shocked at the recent court ruling ordering the farmers to “debark” their dogs because their barking annoys the neighbors. I am assuming, since the dog owners have sheep and the dogs guard the sheep from predators, that the area is rural and agricultural.
Livestock dogs are an intelligent and effective way for farmers to protect their livestock from predators. When people move into an agricultural area they must assume that there are consequences not present in non-agricultural areas, such as livestock guardian dogs to protect livestock. If people don’t want to smell agricultural smells or put up with animals whose job it is to guard, they should not move there.
If it were me, I would begin firing a shotgun at all hours of the day or night to protect my livestock.
I wonder how much sleep the neighbors would get then?
Counties should push back
It's time for southwest Oregon county commissioners, after the Chetco Bar fire, to put their foot down!
In my opinion, All southwest Oregon boards of commissioners need to immediately revoke occupancy permits for every land management-related federal building. Shut them down in each county now!
Demand a fund immediately to pay for medical costs ongoing that will be attributed to fire and smoke inhalation. Pass emergency resolutions to outlaw the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management or any other federa agencies involved in land management from operating within the respective counties.
Demand federal land management funds be block granted back to the counties and let the counties determine land uses and forest management priorities. Counties can sell "resources" to augment funding shortfalls. The very existence of these federal agencies is a threat to public health and safety. The evidence supports that conclusion.
Forests and wildfires
In response to condescending experts who argue in support of current federal forest management policies, I (admittedly a non-expert) question whether such policies are in the best interests of Oregonians.
It seems to me reasonable to take steps over time to reduce underbrush and other fire fuels and to thin our forest lands where appropriate. It also seems to me a reasonable policy when fire breaks out to try to extinguish it before it gets out of control — which is not to say we should send firefighters into impossible conditions.
And if there’s a 747 earmarked for firefighting purposes but sitting unused because someone stubbornly insists it’s not well suited for such purpose, it seems to me reasonable to resolve the issue by trying it out to see if it might work after all. And if there’s really such a thing as a “let it burn” policy, it seems to me reasonable to end it right now.