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An election letter in Wednesday's paper entitled "Ed Mayer for sheriff" was incorrectly attributed. The authors of the letter were John and Andrea Patterson of Medford.
Picture worth a thousand words
Your picture on Page 5A of the Oct. 8 issue showing the ReCyclers out for a leisurely ride truly reflects why so many of us resent bicycle riders on the roadway. It seems that riding in the middle of the road and holding up a frustrated driver is the norm for this group of ReCyclers.
The article states they ride in a single file. Well, a picture is certainly worth a thousand words. - Jack E. Shaffer, Medford
Writer hit the mark
Don Turnbough was right on the mark when he summarized Oregon's present forest economy in the Mail Tribune Sept. 23. He pointed out how the decline in forest operations has contributed to budget difficulties in Salem through lost taxes on business earnings and wages from unemployed forest workers, largely due to shutting down of the federal timber sales. Problems also develop from imported wood, increased fire danger and lost business to many suppliers.
The objectors keep saying "hold off 'til we study this further," "salvaging logs will damage the land" or "they're cutting all the old growth" to delay projects forever by studying them to death, appeals or outright vandalism and tree-sitting.
How long can this go on? Indefinitely, if you ask them, despite a lot of it being illegal.
We in forestry have learned how to protect streams, reduce or utilize slash, leave wildlife trees, prevent erosion, save useful timber and do stand improvement, plant grass, fix old roads or even log without them. All this goes along with good forest management, planning and public input.
Then you go do the job and quit delaying the inevitable need. We don't need more brush taking over what was once fine timberland from neglect and delay, let alone from obstructionism and anarchy. - Gordon Borchgrevink, Medford
Rule change unreasonable
Recently we went to the Southern Oregon Drag Strip for a much anticipated day of watching the races. What a surprise we had when we got there.
This being the third time that we had gone to this event we were prepared for a long, hot day of fun. Since my husband has a special diet we had brought food and water. (We had done this the two years before with no problem.)
This year we weren't allowed to bring any food or water past the ticket gate. We were told that this was a NHRA rule, which is odd - we were just in California to a race where we took food and water without any problem.
Is this racetrack so money hungry that a family can't bring food and drinks with them? It certainly ruined our day! By the way, we didn't stay, either. We didn't want to go to the car every time we wanted something to eat or drink. - Karen Thomas, White City
Who should we fear?
Who should we fear? Personally, I fear Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft more than Saddam.
We stand to sacrifice untold numbers of young people in a war with an unpredictable outcome. This war will use money better spent at home.
I can only wonder what paltry raise will be given to those on Social Security. With threatened cuts to Medicare you will be lucky if your monthly increase will buy you lunch at McDonald's.
We are allowing this administration to trade, via a controversial war, oil for the well-being of our own people. You can bet that Bush and the gang will never be dependent on Social Security and Medicare. Their children will not fight this war. Those of us who will be affected need to remember this come November. - Wayne R. Martin, Medford
Restore respect for women
I want to comment on Robert Mark Weiss' Sept. 16 letter about respecting the female. Although it may seem to some like a tangential topic to these days of worldwide strife and turmoil, I believe it's the radical root cause of this earth's problems.
Riane Eisner's "The Chalice and The Blade" is must reading on the subject, tracing from the last 20 years of archeological findings and thought, the change that took place in humanity's attitude toward feminine attributes about 7,000-5,000 years ago. The lack of weapons, fortifications, evidence of female attitudes and influence throughout societies, and the thousands of female stone idols over wide areas attest to this fact.
By 3,000 B.C. The Blade had pretty much taken over, might made right, and we were on our way downhill, and obviously still are. The drums of war never really cease.
To bring the genders back into a complementary relationship is absolutely essential to our world's survival. That means the male must take the initiative in respecting and supporting the female abilities and attributes.
The ancient wisdom reflected in the I-Ching shows that when the male supports the female, peace is the result, and when he dominates her it's a stalemate. When supported, the awesome power of vital female nurturing will be released on our beat-up old world suffering from thousands of years of the male warrior mentality.
Thanks for bringing up this issue, Robert. God willing, humanity will begin to listen, see and believe it. - John MacNair, Jacksonville
School hours unreasonable
Tired kids don't learn as well and tired teachers don't teach as well. But if your kid goes to Eagle Point High School, it doesn't matter. Catching buses at 5:40 a.m. to go to school is too early, and 4:45 a.m. is way too early for teenage kids to get up. But the parent's opinion wasn't listened to.
This is the great plan for our kids. The junior high that burned down was insured. They could use temporary classrooms, giving both schools' students normal schedules again.
I encourage all the parents to call the Oregon Department of Education at 503-378-3569 and let them know how you feel about this unreasonable schedule our kids are expected to learn on. - Sean Vinson, White City