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Heed Thomas's words

Rogue-Siskiyou Forest Supervisor Scott Conroy says the Bush administration's Biscuit logging plan is balanced. The project would clearcut 30 square miles, in roadless areas and old-growth reserves, the largest conversion to tree plantations in U.S. history.

I'm reminded of the words of Jack Ward Thomas, former Forest Service chief. He said there are three tenets to public forest management: Tell the truth, use good science, and obey the law.

Mr. Conroy should heed these words. ' Joseph Vaile, campaign coordinator, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Ashland

Student projects outstanding

I was fortunate enough to be one of the judges at North Medford High School on Thursday and Friday. I, along with many other concerned citizens, was judging the senior projects of an outstanding group of students. Reading the papers and listening to the students made me aware of the very good educational facilities available in our area.

In my opinion, all of these students should be very proud of themselves and go on to lead very productive lives. ' William B. Carnegie, Central Point

Hooray for Judy

I was delighted to see E. Howard's recent letter about Judy Byers, pulmonary rehab specialist at Home Medical. I, too, have benefited greatly from Judy's program for those of us with breathing problems. I learned so much about how to live and cope with this illness.

— And as long as there are smokers out there, this community will need Judy and people like her, because smoking is going to get you ' sooner or later! I quit nine years ago, but it was not soon enough. So, hooray for Judy! ' Helen Lake, Phoenix

Tolerate a little more

Yesterday on Memorial Day while I was working in my yard, two awesome planes flew over our area by the Eagle Point National Cemetery.

I was so impressed that I went into the house and grabbed my camera in hopes of getting a picture the next time they flew over. My neighbor told me later that complaints were made about the noise, so now they only make one pass.

A little noise for a few minutes once a year to honor our veterans cannot be tolerated by a few? So sad! ' Peggy James, Eagle Point

Doonesbury made me hate

One of the letters recently published exposed the dark secret that I had tried to hide. Yes, I read Doonesbury because I hate America. At first I read it for its comic value and lucid satire, which unveiled social evils and human weaknesses. The brilliant satire managed to peel away layers of deception and lies to expose societal problems and human weaknesses for what they are.

But then Doonesbury sunk its liberal tentacles into my bleeding heart, corrupting me. Where I once read the strip with a smile, now I read it in sinister fashion to further my deep hatred for America that it so effectively injects into people. Doonesbury readers beware, or soon you too will hate America. ' Michael Stout, Ashland

Syntax alert

I refer to the oxymoronic letter of Kathleen Heritage in the May 28 paper. (Oxymoron: a combination of contradictory or incongruous words.)

In her second paragraph, Ms. Heritage says, These disgusting, misleading personal attacks must stop and then goes on to refer to our government as money-changers, draft-dodgers, and arrogant amateurs. Hello! Syntax alert!

Whatever one's political views, I surely agree with her that such destructive discourse is not thoughtful or informative! ' Patricia Jackson, Rogue River

Parker needs some help

In response to Kathleen Parker's commentaries on the Abu Ghraib monstrosities: If all you need is an opinion to be a newspaper columnist, where do I sign up?

In her last piece she blamed the acts of the soldiers on the movies of the Farrelly brothers, Something about Mary, and the twisted sense of humor perpetuated by gross comedy. Now she is saying the atrocities happened in Abu Ghraib because women are in the military? This woman needs some help.

If any readers of the Tribune think she has anything of value to say, I suggest you do a little research into the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment conducted by Philip G. Zimbardo, which can explain (not excuse) how people who are not trained properly in or accustomed to positions of power may take on roles they never thought they would assume and become dehumanizing authoritarians. Fault lies within the makeup of the particular environment, and the superior officers who left unqualified soldiers in these positions should be prosecuted as well as the soldiers responsible for the acts.

Blame needs to be rested where it belongs, not on movies and definitely not on feminism. ' Megan Christopher, Medford