Letters, July 27
Be part of the solution
It is free of charge and requires very little effort, and yet it has the great potential of providing personal protection, aiding American defense and supporting humanity.
I am referring to the measures we have in America to decrease the impact of the COVID virus such as vaccines, wearing masks, testing, fact-based information and uniting efforts. I am privileged to be part of this movement, grateful to those who have made it possible and thankful for you who are participating.
Recently I noted that few, if any, people are wearing masks in places where masks are optional for those fully vaccinated. I assumed it was an indication that our greater population has been inoculated against COVID. However, data indicate otherwise. Less than half the population of Jackson County is fully vaccinated and sadly the number of COVID cases are again on the rise. (Check it out).
If you haven’t already, please take advantage of the free-of-charge COVID vaccine, wear a mask, or present a COVID solution that will protect our lives, businesses, etc.
Who stands for us?
A recent MT editorial painted citizens who oppose the individuals committing the thefts, rampant drug use, arson fires, etc. in the Greenway with the ‘NIMBY’ label.
While every resource these days seems to be directed to the “homeless” issue, there seems to be little consideration given to law abiding citizens who follow the rules and desire a community with usable parks and sidewalks.
It certainly is not “NIMBY” for a young mother and her children to desire to use the water park at Hawthorne without having to put up with a drunk passed out on the lawn 10 feet from the fence line of the water park. It is beyond unfair to label citizens NIMBYs for not wanting shelters built in their neighborhoods.
There are literally hundreds of vacant commercial properties in the valley suitable for shelters, if actually needed. I think a more appropriate acronym is WSFU (Who Stands for Us). It’s high time the courts and local lawmakers look after the interests of law-abiding taxpayers. We have rights, too. Let’s take back our parks and public areas. Who Stands for Us (WSFU)?
Recently, an ecologist wrote that fuel reduction in our forests is not the answer. Unfortunately he has left the reader with no solution as to what we should do with todays over stocked forests other than hardening homes and communities to resist blazes that inevitably will come.
There is a growing body of peer reviewed science as well as practical on the ground experiences that suggest thinning of all forested species followed by prescribed burning helps in catastrophic fire events more often than not.
Consider this quote from Pete Caligiuri, Oregon forest program director for The Nature Conservancy a National environmental group, which runs the research at the Sycan Marsh preserve that was directly in the path of the ongoing Bootleg fire, the nation’s largest.
“Generally speaking, what firefighters were reporting on the ground is that when the fire came into those areas that had been thinned ... it had significantly less impact.”
These findings as well as others closer to home like in the Sterling Creek area of the Applegate and the Ashland Forest Resiliency project add to a growing body of research about how to make wildfires less explosive by thinning undergrowth and allowing forests to burn periodically.
Blair Moody, fellow, presidential gield forester, Society of American Foresters