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Letters, Dec. 12

No more countdown

You are right MT, enough is enough! I feel like I am headed to the gallows every day I read the paper!

Yes, your coverage of the fires may win you an award for a newspaper covering our climate carnage of fires but, as a resident in that “Valley of Smoke” I am dreading, and not wanting to be reminded of, how much I hate summers here! Please stop the drum roll!

This practice by your editor may even keep people from moving here, which would cut away at our economy even more! No more countdown!

Jolayne Copper


Ashland’s deer problem

I read recently that Mayor John Stromberg stated that “he was sure their were other solutions” to the deer problem other than an organized cull.

Would he please share with us humble citizens what those solutions are? And when they might be implemented? I suspect he has nothing new to offer, but hey, he’s “sure” the solutions are out there.

Anthony J. Pippel


Gum up the works

An MT headline stated, “Gov. Brown lambasted for responding to summers of smoke with another study.”

The goal of the Simple Sabotage Field Manual, published by the OSS (now CIA) in 1944, was to gum things up so that nothing was accomplished. Excerpts from one section stated,

Insist on doing everything through “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to expedite decisions.

Make “speeches.” Talk frequently and at great length. Illustrate your “points” by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences.

Refer all matters to committees for “further study and consideration.” Make the committees as large as possible — never less than five.

Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.

Refer back to matters decided in previous meetings. Attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.

Advocate “caution.” Be “reasonable.” Urge your fellow-conferees to be “reasonable” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.

Be worried about the propriety of any decision — raise the question of whether such action as contemplated lies within the group jurisdiction or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon.

There’s more, but you get the idea. At war or in peace, studies will gum up the works.

Mike Sowers


Deer should meet

People move to the forest (best example, Ashland), complain about the wildlife, hold meetings, drink cappuccino (from organic fair trade coffee beans, of course), and do much hand wringing over what to do about the deer. In the meantime the deer, who have done nothing wrong and have legitimate complaints of their own about human infringement on their habitat, should be having their own meetings over what the heck to do about the people.

Gail Martin


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