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Letters, April 10

More restoration needed

Thank you to the Editorial Board for recognizing the work of Lomakatsi Restoration Project in their recent editorial, “Forest projects: the more the better.”

We agree an all-hands-on-deck approach is required to solve the issues our communities face from wildfire and smoke. We’re glad that Sen. Jeff Golden is involving more youth education in forest restoration with partners like Lomakatsi.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

For the past 24 years, Lomakatsi has been implementing forestry through an ecologically based thinning and controlled burning approach to restore healthy forests, while also providing jobs.

We sustain adult jobs, 55 full-time in-house, and provide hundreds of seasonal jobs, supporting 15 different contractors. This cadre has treated 5,000 acres of forest this year. The 45 million board feet generated as restoration by-products from our regional projects provides saw logs, biomass and small-diameter logs to local mills.

Now, through a partnership with the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative using their comprehensive strategy, Lomakatsi and partners will work across the Rogue Basin — as part of a large agreement with over $8 million of state, federal and private money invested, to implement projects.

But even so, more is needed.

Marko Bey

Executive director, Lomakatsi Restoration Project

Ad not paid for by Walden

In her letter published April 6, Molly Tinsley of Ashland takes Congressman Greg Walden to task for buying a half-page ad which, in her words, “threatens dire but vague consequences for any attempts to improve Medicare Part D”.

Well, I understand that Molly is not a fan of Congressman Walden, but he didn’t have anything to do with that ad. All she had to do was read the bottom of the ad to see that it was paid for by American Action Network. The ad also gives an 800 number and a website, which both lead to the American Action Network.

Many similar ads have appeared in the Mail Tribune over the years, none of which were paid for by or coordinated with Congressman Walden.

John F. Howard, former Walden staffer


Want a wall?

Throughout history there has always been an insidious strain of world leader with the knack for bringing out the worst in people.

Europe provided some in the 1930s with that particular skill: pander to the lowest human standards, deliberately divide the populace and surgically remove any decency from their judicial system. Now, due to the flawed character of our braggart in chief, a budding dictator who religiously uses indecent rhetoric that encourages indecent behavior, voice has been given back to the loyal contingent that supports racial discrimination and the dismantling of our governmental system while thinking, in some perverse way, they are patriotic citizens.

I believe that as an American I not only have the right but the obligation to oppose these malicious elements in order to keep our Constitution and the rule of law intact. I will not turn a blind eye to the rise in racist activities. I will not agree with running an honorable society like some greedy business. And I will not exchange my morality for money.

However, I would gladly build that imbecilic wall, as long and high as possible, around those that think otherwise.

Steve Sutfin


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