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Letters to the editor

Run-Again Sue

Over-and-over, she said she wouldn't run again. Now she is. She says she's never seen cattle damage in the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument ' which she opposed every step of the way. And she says, I have never espoused anything that would hurt the environment (Mail Tribune, 9/24/03).

What's amazing about County Commissioner Sue Kupillas' consistently anti-environment stands is not her positions ' but the outrageously reptilian manner in which she affirms/denies them simultaneously.

Stay away from Run-Again Sue. ' Dave Willis, Greensprings

Trickle-down fails again

The present rising poverty rate demonstrates the Republican trickle down theory. Ask the folks living in poverty if they are better off under George W.'s trickle down of opportunity and wealth. The trickle down works about the same as the road map theory. ' Don Basey Eagle Point

Keep doors open

I hope your article on WinterSpring will start our community thinking about just how valuable a service these people provide to the valley. Where else are programs available for grieving children, teens, adults, suicide survivors, or people who have lost a beloved pet?

— These support groups demonstrate amazing results to the participants and their families. Please don't let this wonderful organization close its doors. Call WinterSpring today to see how you can help. ' Charyl Ray, Medford

Chutzpah at its finest

The classic definition of chutzpah is the example of the fellow who murders his parents and then pleads for mercy on the grounds that he is an orphan.

In the Bush version, President Bush defiantly informs the UN a year ago that he is going to war with Iraq without its support, and then when the aftermath goes badly, comes back and cheerfully says that it is its responsibility to join him in cleaning up the mess. ' Harry L. Cook, Ashland

Refuge concept warped

October 12-18 marks the annual observance of National Wildlife Refuge System Week. What is ironic is that the refuge (a protection, shelter, haven, or sanctuary from hardship or danger) concept for wildlife has been warped into one in which most refuges permit sport hunting or trapping.

When Theodore Roosevelt established the first National Wildlife Refuge in 1903, hunting and trapping were prohibited. Unfortunately, over time Congress and the federal wildlife service have given in to lobbying by hunting/trapping interests to the point that more refuges now offer programs for killing animals than for enjoying them in their natural surroundings. This, despite the fact that over 27 million people visited the refuges in 1995 (latest figures available) and 82.5 percent of those came especially to view wildlife, while only 4.5 percent came to kill or trap animals.

Even now the Congress professes that wildlife conservation is the principal mission of the Refuge System, while still listing hunting as a priority use.

It is tiresome in the extreme to hear sport hunting advocates declare hunting keeps refuge animal numbers under control, when most wildlife populations in such places are pale shadows of their numbers in the earlier years of refuge management. ' P.R. Kellogg, Grants Pass

Not all are blinded

Mr. Bush states that there was no evidence that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. This was a step to quiet critics.

Now I'm really confused. Did we go over to Baghdad and bomb the hell out of them because our CIA, FBI and whoever gave you more misinformation? Or did you know all, and just wanted to get even for daddy?

You know, Mr. Bush, even if Saddam did what he did, you, Mr. Bush, ordered bombing of Iraq. Your orders killed more than 3,000 innocent women and children, along with young boys and older men.

You come out with a statement like that and just think it will go away. Believe me, Mr. Bush not all of us are blinded by the 'right.' Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice and Rumsfeld stood there and took an oath to America. And all of you have lied, and there's plenty of proof of that. ' Michael Long, Trail