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Change Oregon's logging reputation

Oregon's reputation as a logging state needs to come to — an end! Haven't we moved past exploiting our natural resources, not excluding — old growth forests, in order to make a name for ourselves? Well into the — year of 2004, don't we have other successful businesses and industries — to rely on?

As an Oregonian, I love the forests we have been able — to preserve, and I don't think I'd be jumping to conclusions in assuming — many others feel the same. When in other parts of the country, or even — other parts of the world, isn't it great to tell people of the wild forests — we still have here in Oregon?

Our wild forests are an important part of Oregon's landscape, — and there is no excuse for exploiting them. The Roadless Area Conservation — Rule, set into action in 2001, has played a key role in Oregon, protecting — two million acres of Oregon's pristine national forests. The Bush Administration, — not surprisingly, has been trying to chuck the rule out the window since — it was set into action.

As Oregon citizens, we need to do something to protect — the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. Without the rule, 87 percent of Oregon's — finest national forests would be unprotected from logging, mining and — road building! Our forests, some of the finest left, need protection, — protection that the Roadless Area Conservation Rule gives them.

Sharon Bywater

Medford

OSF should play role in housing

Perhaps as the Ashland City Housing Commission looks into — the lack of affordable housing for single families, they will investigate — how many little single apartments and tiny houses in Ashland are rented — by out the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It was unknown to me and I'm sure — to many people that used to be able to live in Ashland that the Theater — rents apartments and small houses from local owners whether they are needed — or not. Just in case an extra actor needs a place to be in a hurry, these — spaces are held, often empty, often for months. Perhaps OSF could build — a little affordable housing too, so that local folks could also live here, — and take care of all those tourists for them in the restaurants and hotels — that serve them.

Kim Cower

Talent

History vital to kids' education

I was pleased to see reporter Bill Choy's story on the — winners of the National History Day competition at the state level (April — 26).

I want to second his statement that "history doesn't have — to be stuffy or boring," and to congratulate the local students who showed — such dedication, hard work and imagination in their History Day projects. — The students, including those who did not go on to win but who did wonderful — work nonetheless, and teachers such as Kathy Williams at Talent Middle — School, are really the heart of this program.

Although it was not mentioned in the story, the Southern — Oregon Historical Society since 1993 has been the regional coordinator — for the National History Day competition, and in partnership with Southern — Oregon University holds annual competitions and exhibits for our region. — The winners then go on to the state and national competitions. Last year, — our region had two big national winners. Since 1998, SOHS has coordinated — this program with the financial assistance of the Harriet Winton Fund — of the Oregon Community Foundation.

This year, with our portion of national three-year federal — grant obtained by SOU, Southern Oregon Education Service District and — SOHS to help teach history teachers, SOHS will be working to expand National — History Day participation in Jackson County and in Klamath and Josephine — counties as well. History Day can be integrated into statewide curriculum — standards, and is a rewarding and fun way for students - and teachers — - to make history come alive.

John Enders

Executive Director

Southern Oregon Historical Society

Divorce analogy misses the point

All analogies break down sooner or later, but Susan Wilson's — analogy, namely, that the Palestinian/Israeli tragedy may be likened to — a messy divorce (Guest Forum, May 1), falls apart immediately. A better — analogy would be that of a home invader who breaks in, throws most of — the inhabitants out, consigns the others to sub-basements and out houses, — and then proceeds to take over the neighborhood. But even that analogy — fails to encompass the ongoing tragedy of the Zionist dream turned into — a nightmare. When dreams turn into nightmares, the sleeper usually wakes — up. If there is ever to be peace between Israelis and Palestinians, it — is increasingly obvious that it can come about only through a unitary — state in which all of the citizens share equal rights and duties.

Gerald Cavanaugh

Ashland