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Editorial commendable

I commend you for your editorial against the Patriot Act March 11. That legislation was passed in a panic and few if any members of Congress read it beforehand.

A letter to the New York Times (May 16, 2004) nicely sums up the truth of the matter: War on terror is a trope, figure of speech. The events of 9/11 were not acts of war; they were crimes. The most heinous crimes in American history, perhaps, but crimes nonetheless, and best addressed by crime-fighting measures. That would preclude the wholesale abandonment of civil liberties that inevitably accompanies war.

Precisely. Only by frightening Americans by the threat of catastrophe has the administration been able to get away with its invasions of our lives and liberties here at home and in places abroad.

I urge you to keep resisting the Patriot Act and its ilk in the Homeland Security Act and the new national Pentagon intelligence agency. ' Gerald Cavanaugh, Ashland

How many will fight?

How many elected officials currently serving in office, including George W. Bush, are fighting on the front lines with our troops? Better yet, how many will ever fight in the battles they started? ' Kenneth Landay, Yreka, Calif.

Not mutually exclusive

I am pro-logging. I am also pro-environment. The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

— The Fiddler Mountain timber sale and the majority of the U.S. Forest Service's plan for logging the Biscuit fire area will not benefit the timber industry, our environment or the economy of Southern Oregon. It has sent a knife between neighbors and contributed to the problems of a community with enough dilemmas already.

The Fiddler Mountain area lies within one of the Late Successional Reserves, basically old-growth groves that were designated by the Forest Service itself to remain relatively untouched for the health of the ecosystem. By logging it, they violate their own guidelines of what's best for the forest.

The timber sale was granted to a company with a record of violating guidelines and boundaries, a slap in the face to the hard-working loggers who care about the resource that sustains them and the public at large who are being robbed by such activity.

The economy of this area will depend largely on tourism, and to a lesser extent logging. Tourists will not be drawn by clearcuts of former Late Successional Reserves.

Apparently the Forest Service administrators now consider the term late to mean deceased. ' Tom Siewert, Cave Junction

Speak for honor

I didn't know whether to scream with anger or weep with despair as I watched the televised heartfelt tribute to the murdered Canadian Mounties. Why? Because we have our own fallen heroes who our administration continues to ignore.

Our fallen heroes were sent to battle over spurious issues, not given proper protective gear, and then their flag-draped coffins were hidden from public view as they returned home. Is there any wonder I reacted so intensely to a display of true national honor, respect and caring exhibited by our neighbors to the north?

Our administration is still cutting back military benefits and making it nearly impossible for amputees from the National Guard to get the medical care they need on their return home. Instead, they are often discharged and set adrift without adequate resources for rehabilitation nor the ability to return to a job they held before. Congressional hearings have been held on this issue.

No wonder the Marines are now finding it hard to recruit! A government that abuses its military in the way that the Bush administration continues to do does not deserve respect nor participation! Remember Rumsfeld's arrogant War is not tidy?

We must speak for honor. ' Kathleen Heritage, Rogue River