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Salvaging the lies

In the May 25 article on salvage logging the timber industry claimed that burned trees are wasted unless we log them and that logging keeps our forests healthy. Independent scientific studies show that the timber industry's claims are nothing short of deceitful lies.

Research shows that salvage logging damages the ability of a forest to recover after a fire and that fire damaged forests should be left to heal on their own. Additionally, scientists know our forests are susceptible to fires precisely because of past logging and fire suppression policies.

Scientists agree that fire prevention policies should be based on thinning fuel-heavy areas near urban boundaries. Unfortunately, the timber industry lobbied for the Healthy Forests Act to allow logging old growth forests in remote wilderness areas. How ironic that we need to log thriving old-growth forests to keep them healthy.

Mother Nature has spent millions of years figuring out how the complex ecosystem of a forest should function. The timber industry has spent millions of dollars figuring out how to buy our politicians. We don't need big industry to tell us they know how to do a better job than Mother Nature. ' Ken Crocker, Ashland

An incredible tale

What an incredible tale Forest Service biologist Joel Pagel recently related. He lamented being forced into a zone position. That's what happens when one works for an employer whose funding is reduced and work load increased.

— Pagel was quoted as saying a series of district biologists have been placed in the post that have not wanted to be there. I'm hard-pressed to recall any job I ever held that enabled me always to do only what I wanted to do. But if biologists' reports contain terrible grammar like Pagel's, no wonder there's a problem.

A national forest staff member investigating Pagel's assertions said, we found some mollusk surveys that have incorrect times. As a result, the staff member said, if the times weren't written down the work wasn't done.

What the environmental extremists have done over the years is to convince Congress to make work so convoluted and so detailed that an underfunded and understaffed agency can neither make a decision nor provide detailed explanations for every survey it conducts.

It must be time to petition Congress for more money so we don't miss inventorying a couple of slugs or snails. ' Kurt Austermann, Medford

Jobs will be lost

More jobs are going to be lost due to ridiculous tax cuts; &

36;74,000 a month is the current rate from last times cut of &

36;1.35 trillion. It'd be different if they were aimed at creating jobs for today's unemployed. If they were intended to help those living near the edge. If we had the money to pay for these tax cuts.

But they aren't, and we don't! It's a bad sign that the administration banished the Council of Economic Advisers to quarters outside the White House complex. It's a bad sign that the White House is passing word to conservatives that Bush will propose new cuts every term.

Now the Democrats look bad. Now they will have to prove how raising taxes in Bush's father's and Clinton's administrations fueled a boom until after the 90s that lifted incomes of millions of Americans at the bottom.

Today's Bush is all about politics, not the economy. Every dollar we stuff away now will be a dollar our youth have to pay back in higher payroll taxes or a dollar taken away from future retirees. I'm only 16 and even I can see past this bull! Excuse my language but someone do something. ' Karen Beadle, Medford

Savage questions

In response to the May 23 guest opinion Hate radio Savages free speech, I have the following questions:

1. Are you willing to listen to KMED 1440 4-7 p.m. weekdays or read Web site and form your own opinion?

2. If, after listening or reading, you agree that this really is hate-radio, will you consider acting on this opinion?

3. Will you find an appropriate way to express yourself to the station and advertisers? ' G. Woodring, Talent

Veterans may be changed

My mother sent me off to war. She said it was my patriotic duty. I was 18. Before I went I had nightmares. I was a rabbit dodging arrows in an open field.

I found out that for the soldier war is like that, except in the jungle it is worse to be the hunter who stalks and shoots.

When I came home I tried to talk to my mother but she cut me off. She did not want to know. Sometime later she read something.

She asked, Is it like that?

Yes, Mother. In that moment I felt comforted.

Now other soldiers are coming home, some deeply troubled, some seeking forgiveness and a solace beyond understanding.

Homebodies should know that he or she may not be the same person who left you. Be patient. Listen. Share tears. Give love. And as never before as you are able, find God together.' Orcutt Frost, Medford