Goal is balanced compromise
In his recent guest commentary on the Wyden Mount Hood wilderness proposal, my friend, Les AuCoin, suggests much less faith in Oregon's congressional delegation than I believe they merit. Members of Congress, including those of our delegation, appropriately and routinely put forward natural resource proposals without prior notice to their colleagues, and balanced compromise frequently follows.
A recent example is H.R. 1904, Rep.Greg Walden's original Healthy Forest Restoration Act legislation, which was introduced in the House on May 1, 2003. While Senator Wyden received no notice prior to its introduction, he certainly took no offense. He simply rolled up his sleeves and got to work, eventually forging a balanced, bipartisan compromise with the help of Rep. Walden, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Sen. Gordon Smith and many others.
If this model worked for crafting balanced forestry policy, why won't Senator Wyden's more cautious process work for protecting Mount Hood? Unlike the introduction of the House healthy forests legislation, Senator Wyden has held off on introducing a bill and instead circulated a draft proposal, asking his colleagues and the public to review it and suggest changes prior to bill introduction. ' Josh Kardon, chief of staff, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden
In the debate regarding the proposed salvage logging of a small part of the Biscuit fire a group of environmental organizations hired ECONorthwest to tell them what they wanted to hear. It was claimed by these astute economists that if the Forest Service salvage logs the Biscuit it would lose huge amounts of money ' perhaps millions of dollars. The greenies want the Forest Service to spend its money on fire rehabilitation and fire danger reduction.
Now another environmental organization has entered the picture. They are upset because if the enviros appeal the decision to salvage log, the appeal would be heard by the regional forester. They claim that official would be biased because most of the income from a salvage sale would go back to the Forest Service.
Yes folks, their economist claims the Forest Service would make a &
36;26 million profit! (and Josephine and Curry counties would share an additional &
36;9 million). The law which returns salvage income to the Forest Service requires the money to be spent on watershed enhancement, meadow restoration, reforestation, fuels management, prescribed burning, etc.
— Let's see ' its a gaggle of geese, a pride of lions, and a babble of environmentalists. ' Pat Clason, Medford
A recent writer from Ashland in defending gay marriages pointed out that we would have to be pretty smug to ask people of other,or no, religions to adhere to the Christian Bible. I would like to point out that this country was founded on biblical principles which led to our precious freedoms.
At the time of the American Revolution the country was populated by 98-plus percent Protestant Christians and they wrote our American Constitution to envelope the marvelous freedoms which being a Christian contain.
The Bible not only gave us a framework to develop Christian liberty, but it also gave us a moral compass. Secular or monotheistic countries throughout history have been usually brutal and oppressive ' the French Revolution being one bloody example of secularism. Secularism reached its zenith with communism under Stalin, and his prot?g's in China and Cambodia, with untold millions killed to establish the party line.
Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists have little if any freedom in their countries, which is why they came to America in the first place. We don't require them to become Christians, nor should we accept them trying to change our proven successful ways which include a moral compass. ' Phillip Southern, Eagle Point