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Letters, Feb. 19

Salmon were upstream from dams

In last week’s Tribune, opponents of dam removal on the Klamath River continue to assert that salmon were never upstream from the Klamath River dams despite the fact that this claim was rejected in a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hearing.

In particular, the judge’s finding 2A-4 was: “Chinook salmon (both spring and fall-run) were abundant in the tributaries of Upper Klamath Lake, including Jenny, Fall, and Shovel Creeks, as well as the Wood, Sprague, and Williamson rivers.” In the hearing, everybody had their day in court to disprove this argument.

The upper reaches of this habitat are well over 100 miles upstream from Iron Gate Dam. The judge’s findings are available in the docket for Project 2082, Docket number 2006-NMFS-0001, on the FERC website.

I encourage interested parties to read them.

John Hamilton

Ashland

Lurching toward disaster

Fifty years ago, as an Army officer commanding a nuclear missile unit, I understood only too well the threat of a global catastrophe. Now, in my senior years, the world is lurching toward climate disaster.

My wife and I are avid gardeners. We avoid pesticides. Our gardens, butterflies and bees thrived, until ...

Suddenly last summer the clouds of bees and butterflies disappeared. Distraught, I contacted Pollinator Project Rogue Valley and learned that the most widely used pesticides, the neonicotinoids, could be the cause and that a global insect catastrophe was developing with evidence pointing to pesticide use, climate change and habitat destruction. Inspired, I vowed to take action to help save our pollinators.

Neonics are systemic and are absorbed into a plant’s entire organism, remaining up to two years, poisoning the nectar, pollen and the pollinators. Many vendors, including greenhouses, hardware stores and nurseries, sell neonics, often without understanding the threat to pollinators. Let’s contact local businesses, encourage them to discontinue the sale of neonics and provide information on the pesticides to their customers. We would then be able to recommend patronage of their bussesses.

Don Morris

Ashland

Luz won’t let go

I attended my first Phoenix City Council meeting recently and am still thinking about it. One thing I took away was Mayor Chris Luz’s death grip on his personal newsletter.

I learned at the meeting that Phoenix residents have been requesting a community newsletter for quite some time. With each person who raised the issue at the meeting, Luz balked at letting go, like a child refusing to let other kids into his sandbox. He repeatedly insisted the town can’t afford it, despite that it would be completely volunteer; the only cost would be printing, and that’s already budgeted for with his newsletter — there would be little, if any, difference. This newsletter argument is absurd; Talent and Jacksonville have community newsletters and a mayor’s column; Luz was assured he would have his own column and yet he won’t let go. Something about this is rotten — we should not be footing the bill for Luz to pontificate while forfeiting a newsletter that will build community ties and welcome newcomers to our town.

Linda Jacobs

Phoenix

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