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Well worth a visit

Anyone in the area who would like to see something quite unique and within easy driving distance should consider visiting the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden 10 miles north of Weed, Calif., on Highway 97. The garden, dedicated to veterans of all U.S. wars, has beautiful sculptures, some of which depict the insanity of war, e.g., Why. The garden was the subject of an MT article about nine years ago. It is well worth a visit. ' Bob Carson, Medford

Wal-Mart not inevitable

Anyone at the June 12 Central Point City Council meeting knows that the land proposed for a Wal-Mart Supercenter is not zoned for a 207,000-square-foot building. The city attorney informed the council of that fact during the meeting.

Kudos goes to the council for seeing beyond the short-term financial gains the store might bring while destroying the town's character. Wal-Mart in Central Point is not inevitable. ' Wendy Siporen,Talent

Daily lies and deception

Poland's prime minister stated the reason Poland supported Bush in the invasion of Iraq was its ultimate objective to acquire Iraqi oil, then signed a deal with a subsidiary of Cheney's former employer Halliburton.

Bush used the U.S. military and your tax dollars to do his oil friends' dirty work under the pretext of doing Iraq a favor. Propaganda of daily lies and deception is what Bush's administration was built on from the start. ' Don J. Schnitzer, Medford

Make them pay

Regarding No way to run a city (editorial, July 9): A democracy working correctly means the elected must listen to their constituency.

When the city ignores the constituents before signing or making contracts, the initiative is quicker to wake the City Council than doing a recall. In this case the city is gong to pay dearly for ignoring the constituency.

We elect these people to listen to us before making decisions that will seriously affect our way of life. Now they must pay, for not doing so. ' Glenn Smith, Medford

Don't lecture a forester

A recent letter by Ken Crocker took me to task for daring to suggest that it is not only possible, but very logical, to harvest fire-killed timber and then plant the area with young seedlings. Mr. Crocker prefers scientists who understand the complex interactions of forest ecology.

I am a professional forester with over 40 years experience in forestry, most of which is in Southern Oregon. I was once a member of a research team in Australia studying the effects of fire on the forest. To lecture a forester about the biological complexity of a forest is rather like trying to Catholicize the Pope.

Mr. Crocker apparently wishes to let the land evolve naturally for several centuries before finally becoming a forest. This system would be rather like letting a vegetable garden lie fallow in hope that carrots and tomatoes would eventually develop.

It is quite possible to avoid the tree farm aspect by planting several species in a random pattern rather than closely spaced rows of a single species. Thus a healthy forest would quickly be formed and young growing trees would be put to work absorbing carbon dioxide. Trees store carbon, thus reducing global warming. ' Pat Clason, Medford