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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Truckers above the law?

The Oregon DMV Driver's Manual, Section 3: Rules of the Road, Subsection &

8212; Stopping, Standing and Parking &

8212; Bulleted Item 8 &

8212; states that it is illegal to stop, stand or park:

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It is also apparent that a certain group of drivers, truckers driving double trailer crushed rock/dirt trucks, are "above the law." They park and change their trailers while partially or completely blocking bicycle lanes while the MPD turns a blind eye to these repeated traffic violations.

This "above the law" attitude is exhibited virtually every day on Juanipero Drive, where trucks park on both sides of the road, partially or completely blocking bicycle lanes on both sides of the road and creating a traffic hazard. Several complaints to the MPD resulted in a police officer being assigned to investigate. To date, however, there has been no reduction in the frequency of these violations of a law for which the driver of a personal automobile would be ticketed. Are these truckers indeed "above the law" and is the MPD a willing participant in or simply unconcerned about these continued traffic violations? No one, including these truckers, should be "above the law." &

8212; Gaither B. Everett, Medford

Logging threatens beauty

I am writing today because my favorite place in the world is about to be destroyed by the Siskiyou National Forest and the Bush administration. My favorite place is also Oregon's largest roadless area and my governor has asked them to cancel their plans for massive clear-cutting in the area.

If we destroy our roadless areas, then we can kiss goodbye our great hunting, clean water, fishing, tourism and clean environment. The Forest Service has so far refused to protect Oregon's most important roadless areas. I live here and view this amazing area every day from Redwood Highway.

My favorite place in the world is the North and South Kalmiopsis roadless areas. They are contiguous. How can the Mikes Gulch and Blackberry sales go forward in these roadless areas over the objection of Oregon's governor and its people?

In June, the Forest Service is planning to auction off these sales. Trees have also been marked red to be cut along a coho spawning stream, overlooking the National Wild and Scenic Illinois River and in the botanical area along the 023 road. Citizens should be outraged. &

8212; Justin Rohde, Cave Junction

An inner strength

I was deeply saddened on the morning of April 27 to read in the Mail Tribune about the tragic death of Georgia Lee Webb. I barely knew her; in fact, I had only talked with her twice. She and her husband, Marlin, were homeless. Their life was not easy. Daily struggles and emotional stress sometimes brought tempers to the edge. Yet it was obvious that they were there for each other.

In talking with them, I saw deep pride within them both. But, because they were homeless, some people looked at them with disdain. Others simply looked away. I'm sorry for that.

In spite of their circumstances, I glimpsed a strong inner strength within them. I know that strength will now help Marlin survive. God bless him.

Georgia, you were a sweet person. I wish that life had been kinder. &

8212; Wanda Hopkins, Central Point

No criminal intent

The couple whose child was attacked by the rat are not criminals! Bringing the rat into the baby's room was not wise, but there was no criminal intent in this matter.

Our local government should save jail space for dangerous people and spend more time apprehending those who deserve incarceration.

This couple should be freed, their children returned and charges dropped. &

8212; Sam Welch, Rogue River