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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 13

Will is wrong again

George Will (Jan. 8), citing prior climate change that affected human civilizations, implies that because climate change occurred before humanity was able to be “… the sovereign or even primary disrupter of climate normality …,” we couldn’t be causing it now. But it is empirically clear that since the Industrial Revolution we have become a primary driver of climate change.

Ironically, Wills’ examples highlight our dilemma. Now, like then, a period of benevolent climate combined with human technology allowed us to increase our population and consumption beyond a sustainable level. In the 13th and 17th centuries that phenomenon, known as “overshoot,” led to a population crash.

Our unwillingness to confront our current overshoot risks similar dangers. We face another “fatal synergy between climatological and political factors,” urgently demanding a strong mobilization. If 97 of 100 doctors said you need drastic treatment for a potentially fatal disease, would you ignore them because three say it’s not really a problem?

We have the ingenuity to address the clear and present danger of climate disruption, but only if we take action soon.

Contact Representative Walden, Senators  Merkley and Wyden, Governor Kitzhaber and your state reps to urge them to take real action now.

Robert John Scheelen, Medford

More to LNG picture

Henderson's Marsh? Where would that be? Well a little research helps, like visiting Coos Bay and asking a few questions.

You would find out it is the 500-acre site on which the natural gas liquefaction plant is to be built. Jordan Cove only gives you part of the picture of what's going on.

Gary Woodring, Talent

Other trails neglected

The Forest Service appears to be giving the Ashland Watershed preferential treatment for trail maintenance funds on national forest land in Southern Oregon. The affluent community of Ashland gets miles of new trail built, while the majority of Siskiyou Mountain trails are left unmaintained. The lion’s share of trail funds appears to be going to one trail system for one community.

All across the region, whole trail systems are disappearing because of neglect. In the Siskiyou Mountains, many trails, including connectors to the PCT, have been formally removed from the trail system. Whole wilderness areas, such as the Kalmiopsis, have been virtually abandoned since the Biscuit fire and miles of trails have been lost.

Another example — and there are many — is the Middle Fork Trail on the Applegate River. Designated as a National Recreation Trail, there is no longer a bridge across the river — it was taken out for supposed safety concerns three years ago — and the trail is impassable because of downed logs and undergrowth. Why is it that National Recreation Trails get neglected in some areas of the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District, while the Ashland trail system is once again in the news with upgraded trail plans?

Suzie Savoie, Jacksonville

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 13