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Happens every day

Regarding the Aug. 21 Since You Asked segment about the BLM driveway-parking lot- traffic signal fiasco, you should work across the street as I do and watch the BLM employees drive out onto Biddle Road, shoot into the middle lane, pull a U-turn around the turn barrier and go south. Happens every day, all day long. ' Jim Betschart, Central Point

How about some fairness?

Regarding the Lincoln bed (Sunday, Aug. 18, page four, right column): Why wasn't it on the front page? Why wasn't it blaring nonstop from our TV?

Bush uses Abe's bed to reward pals! Seems to me, if you dug up all the beef-brained columns about Abe and Clinton, crossed out Clinton's name and put in Bushyboy's and reprinted them all, then I'd say the press, for once, is showing a tad of fairness and lower extremities. ' Marlyn Mason, Medford

How to do Sunday crossword

Here's how to work the Sunday New York Times crossword. That @


36;%^& puzzle has some of the most obscure words in the English language, even taken from bank robbers' and physicians' argot.

What I do is give it a try on Sunday and another try on Monday and, if some progress was made, a third and final try on Tuesday. Then I cut out the solution, carefully, not looking at any of the words, and put it behind the puzzle page.

I then expose the topmost line and, using red ink, write the letters I didn't know into the top line of the puzzle. I then try to make use of this additional information to fill in further words.

If I get stuck again, I expose the second line, write in the letters I didn't know. I continue in this way, exposing line after line, until the puzzle is solved. I then count the number of red letters and give this as a minus score to the puzzle proposer.

I have always solved the weekday puzzles with very little effort. Working these puzzles wards off Alzheimer's, I believe. ' Robert Spira, Ashland

Let's talk about real solutions

I agree with the Medford Mail Tribune's editorial (Aug. 22) that environmentalists should be open to dialogue with the Bush administration about plans to address the problem of catastrophic fire on public lands.

However, let's talk about real solutions like financial and technical resources for fuel reduction for communities in and around our nation's forests, where the problem has reached a crisis. Let's talk about thinning and prescribed burning projects in the backcountry that are not married to commercial timber sales that pay for themselves on the backs of old-growth trees. Let's debate commercial timber sales on their own merits, not piggy-backed and intertwined with fuel reduction projects needed to prevent raging wildfires and restore the natural role of flame to forest ecosystems.

And let's not immediately leap to the conclusion that environmental safeguards are to blame for the problem. The 10-year strategy in which some environmentalists participated did not include rollbacks in environmental protection.

Proposing sharp limits to public participation in forest decision-making is not a very effective way to invite input. With this week's announcement, the Bush administration did not invite a dialogue. It provoked a confrontation. It's a disappointing start. ' Dominick DellaSala, director, World Wildlife Fund Klamath-Siskiyou Program