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A terrible injustice

It is a terrible injustice that the Medford BLM's Kelsey/Whiskey timber sale would clearcut old-growth forests within the magnificent and publicly owned 46,464-acre Zane Grey roadless area. The Zane Grey is the BLM's largest forested roadless area and comprises a rare tract of low-elevation old-growth forest.

The BLM claims they need to improve this wild forest using chainsaws and bulldozers. Located many miles from the nearest community and having seen little fire suppression, the fire-resistant big trees of the Zane Grey do not require industrial management for health. The Bush administration surely promised more pork-barrel logging to greedy timber companies as campaign contributions were made.

The General Accounting Office disclosed that federal logging loses at least 2 billion tax dollars annually in addition to loss of irreplaceable wilderness, sources of clean water, clean air and fish and wildlife. Besides the costs of preparing sales like Kelsey/Whiskey, taxpayers lose again when we pay to restore damaged watersheds.

I urge concerned readers to find out everything they can about logging projects such as the Kelsey/Whiskey, visit these pristine watersheds and let the BLM know your thoughts about allowing industrial logging in this wild place. ' Spencer Lennard, Williams

Story misleading

Your lead story in the March 18 edition, Panel: People don't want Wal-Mart is misleading. While the headline echoes the apparent recommendation of the Citizens Advisory Committee, it does not necessarily represent the majority opinion of the general population of Central Point.

For that matter, the Citizens Advisory Council recommendation does not accurately reflect the opinion of the population as a whole. Only a very small percentage of the population attended the hearings, as is the case with most hearings.

— Only the disaffected generally appear to voice their opinions. Most folks stay out of other people's business.

Business enterprises like Wal-Mart have rights just as individuals do. Unless their proposal violates existing ordinances, they have a right to build a store in Central Point.

In the end the Citizens Advisory Council will hold little sway over the decision ' as should be the case in a free society! ' Steve Snowden, Gold Hill

Appreciating Moore

This is a letter of appreciation for Bill Moore.

Ah, there ya are and it is that glad I am to see ya. Bill told me that this is an Irish greeting to people whose name he can't remember.

On the serious side, for the 12 years I served as mayor, Bill was always the voice of reason, quiet but profound. He was on the board of directors of the Oregon League of Cities and very active in AA. It was the City Council's loss when Bill resigned.

Bill, Marjorie and I had many trips to Portland together, where he regaled us with one Irish story after another. Donnis and I are fortunate to occasionally still enjoy his and Marjorie's company for lunch.

Bill has been an invaluable asset not only to the Medford City Council, but to our community also. I am certain the City Council will miss his calm nature and insight. I am sorry to see him leave the council. ' Jerry S. Lausmann, MedfordSecret of longevity

I saw on the front page of the March 18 Mail Tribune an article on the census and that Americans keep living longer. It stated that the average age is now up to 77.4 years.

The average age for active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is 85 for men and 86 for women. The main reason for this longer life expectancy can be attributed to what is called The Word of Wisdom, a revelation from the founder of the church, the prophet Joseph Smith, which states in part that tobacco and alcohol was not good for man and advocating a healthful diet.

An example of this longevity is the church president ,Gordon B. Hinckley, who is actively serving and will be 94 in June. Another one of the church's active leaders is David B. Haight, who will be 98 in September. I'll be 80 in October and am an active member of the church. ' Cuddy White, Brookings

Honor and respect

On Sunday, March 14, the San Francisco Chronicle, in lieu of editorial or letters, published Portraits of Sacrifice. These are pictures and names of 556 young Americans who gave their lives in George Bush's war. View them at .

These young people deserve our honor and respect. They gave their lives and their future for a cause they were told and that they believed was honorable.

Look at these young people with respect. Ponder their hopes and dreams lost forever and remember that they died because of the grudge match of our president and our government's lies. ' Don Stone, Ashland

FCC crackdown a bit late

The recent FCC censoring of Howard Stern and U2's Bono for use of the F word is a bit too late in my book. Folks, especially younger ones nowadays, are using this word every other word out of their mouths. It's as normal for them to use the word as it is to use the other favorite English lit phrase of know what I'm sayin?'

Even some of my fellow 'Nam-era vets use this word as if it's just another Monday. It starts with parenting and schooling, and ends with personal decency and dignity.

When I rarely use the word, ears and eyes all lift to me, because they know I'm darned serious about something. I rarely lower my self-respect to the point of using the F word like drinking a cup of water. Hey mom, pass the f''' salt please — ' Mike Hinkes, Medford

Any wage better than none

I am in favor of Wal-Mart coming to Central Point. I have shopped at the supercenters before and find that the selection, quality, service and prices are excellent.

Some say that the traffic is a concern. Well, folks, the problem with traffic on East Pine is there now, and is not a fault of Wal-Mart. Also, Wal-Mart offers open hours to those wishing to shop at almost any time, thus avoiding any such log jams.

Wal-Mart also offers the kind of one stop shopping that is very appealing to many of us and saves time and the cost of extra fuel driving to Medford or multiple stores, a big concern to those on a fixed income.

I believe that with Oregon near or at the top of the unemployment list in the United States, we should be doing everything in our power to bring the superstore here, not find personal reasons to keep it out. They pay a respectable wage, though some may disagree. My question is this: Isn't any wage better than none? ' Stan Rouppet, Central Point

Sweatshop of the year

Wal-Mart has been named Sweatshop Retailer of the Year by the Maquila Solidarity Network. MSN said Wal-Mart earned the award by its disregard for the rights of the workers who make and sell its products.

Citing Wal-Mart's anti-union activities, exploitation of immigrant workers and discrimination against women, MSN spokesman Ian Thomson says, Wal-Mart has distinguished itself as the company most associated with sweatshop abuses in 2003.

They are asking citizens to contact Wal-Mart's CEO asking for more respect for workers in 2004. For information, contact Maquila Solidarity Network, 416-532-8584 or . ' Eileen Adee, Medford

Is Medford listening?

I was pleased to read in the paper March 18 that the citizens of Central Point have made it clear that they do not want a Wal-Mart Supercenter in their town. Hopefully, the Planning Commission is listening closely and will vote to keep Wal-Mart out.

Now the question is: Are the Medford Planning Commission and county commissioners listening to Medford citizens? Wal-Mart isn't desirable for Medford either. All of the reasons have been clearly outlined, from traffic problems to potential ruin of small businesses, to the appearance of the proposed Wal-Mart.

We have plenty of discount shopping options in this area. The present locations of the Rogue Valley Wal-Marts are more than adequate and should remain where they are.

Medford needs to have forward thinking and welcome businesses to the area that improve everyone's life. Businesses that support existing small business and make this area more healthy and appealing.

Wal-Mart does not offer anything positive and the small savings for shoppers doesn't outweigh the negatives. ' Gen Putnam, Medford

Thanks for the laugh

Thank you, Bill Varble, for the wonderful, entertaining article in Sunday's Mail Tribune (March 21). You had me laughing out loud. Laughing is good for you.

The constant flux in what is good and what is bad is a mind-boggling puzzlement that has us jumping from one recommended diet to another, leaving us totally unsure of what is and what isn't.

I used to think I knew what good nutrition was, I fed my family well, and I didn't drink too much. These days I'm eating less carbohydrates and drinking a lot of red wine and trying not to advise anyone on what they should or shouldn't eat.

Ten or more years ago I told my husband, someday they're going to say eggs are good for you. Now I'm waiting for potatoes to make a comeback. Thanks, Bill, for a good laugh. ' Ellen Gardner, Talent