Letters to the editor
Easy budget solutions
It would seem to me that it would be quite easy to balance the state budget. A good place to start, would be to increase the registration fees for vehicles to &
36;100 a year, not an exorbitant sum, but certainly more realistic then the fee now assessed, and affordable.
Of course a sales tax would help! Heaven forbid that this might be implemented. How could the incumbents be re-elected? ' Yale Sacks, Central Point
We need deeds
Our nation stands alone right now in terms of power, and that's why we've got to be humble and yet project strength in a way that promotes freedom.
And if we're an arrogant nation, they'll view us that way, but if we're a humble nation, they'll respect us. ' G. W. Bush 10/11/2000
Those were the words; what have been the deeds? What do we say about a man who talks humility and acts with arrogance? ' Don Reynolds, Ashland
Stop slinging mud
Regarding the Jackson County commissioners, I do believe that the mud slinging and gossip should quit. Who else would be qualified to do the work they have provided for Jackson County?
So many people feel free to criticize their personal lives. All people have skeletons in their closet and those that do should not criticize others.
It takes special people to be good doctors, nurses and public officials to make Jackson County survive.
If people would take time to put God first and be thankful for what He does for us, we would not have time to criticize others. And, why can't people remember that it's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. ' J. Elko, Central Point
Daschle's ox gored
Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle has pretty much settled the debate over whether obstruction by environmentalists has slowed needed tree thinning in federal forests.
Tricky Tom stuck some language in a bill on defense spending that would allow crews to start thinning Black Hills forests imperiled by the threat of wildfire.
The provision would exempt his state from all challenges allowed under the National Environmental Protection Act.
The forests in the other western states continue to burn! I guess with Tom, it all depends on whose ox is getting gored. ' Cliff Smith, Eagle Point
Bush needs glasses
When it comes to other countries supporting terrorism, Bush says it's a black and white issue. You're either with us or against us.
But in the accounting business, with its accompanying math and the need for ethics, the same man says it's not nearly as clear.
Bush needs both glasses and impeachment. ' M. Conens, Medford
Of fires and logging
The environmentalists stopped logging, tree thinning, clearing underbrush and building roads into remote areas of the forest lands.
The loggers and equipment in the forest were readily available to fight fires and reduce the number of acres the fires were able to consume.
The stopping of logging was a great cost to the valley in employment with well-paying jobs in logging and lumber and related industries.
The outcome of the fires is acres consumed, timber destroyed. The economy of the valley and employment could have been better, if the Forest Service would have been allowed to manage the forest lands on a sustaining yield basis.
It appears we were too ready to turn over our jobs and economy to a group that did not understand what they were doing. ' E. A. Vinson, Medford