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Letters to the Editor, June 1

Fasten your seat belts

Let's see if I have this right. Extremists are on the ascendant, resulting in millions of refugees, untold numbers of brutal murders, ethnic cleansing on a horrific scale and mass slaughter of Christians.

Further, our policy in dealing with Iran barely slows their pursuit of nuclear weapons, frees up billions of dollars for their hegemonic advance, and is sparking a nuclear arms race in the region.

Further, Putin has swallowed the Crimea, threatened Danish naval forces with nuclear attack, is using a military build-up to destabalize NATO and the entire Western alliance , and is sending his bombers to probe our own air defense including right off of our coast.

Further, China is pursuing a foreign policy chillingly reminiscent of the early stages of Imperial Japan's Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere, and has American cities targeted for nuclear attack.

Barack Obama's response to all of these threats? To direct that our military's highest duty is to combat global warming!

We have deadly serious enemies who wish to bring us to our knees, and none of them give a damn about global warming. "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride."

Doug Dusenberry

Gold Hill

Leave dogs home

It’s that time of year. The sun is shining, and your dogs wag their tails in anticipation of getting to go for a ride in the car. If you do the what’s best for them, and leave them home, they will give you sad eyes that just crush you.

But, please be strong. Even in 75-degree weather, with the windows cracked, it's too hot in the car. I challenge all dog lovers who think I’m just an overprotective pet owner. Stay in your car with the windows cracked 3 or 4 inches for 15 minutes, and you will realize how quickly the inside of the car gets dangerously hot. Dogs biological makeup is different than yours and mine. It’s a fact.

And for all you pet lovers who take your pets with you in the back of pickups, put something down on the bed so the hot metal won’t burn their paws. Still don’t believe m? Sit back there when it’s hot outside.

Lastly, make sure your pets have shelter from the heat, and fresh water daily. They will love you for caring, and they’re worth it!!!

Leslee Freeman

Ashland

Protect our resources

As Joseph Taylor notes in Making Salmon: An Environmental History of the Northwest Fisheries Crisis, in 1884, Pacific Northwest canneries processed about 42 million pounds of salmon, about the same as the annual aboriginal harvest. A few short years after 1884, salmon harvests were in sharp decline headed for near present-day extinction, whereas the aboriginal harvests carried on for centuries. What happened?

Near the turn of the 20th century alongside intensive salmon fishing, extensive logging, mining, farming, irrigation, industrialization and urbanization radically reshaped the Pacific Northwest environment. For the riparian ecosystems and salmon, this meant widespread devastation. For the native tribes, settlers and immigrant workers, this meant the loss of a vital food source and the disappearance of an important economy.

Nearly 150 years later, we can look back on this evidence to show how the forest ecosystem is intricately connected. As the BLM revises the 20-year management plan for southern Oregon, it must seek to protect our public lands and preserve our environmental-based economies for the future. To do this, the BLM must provide an option for a more balanced, managed and protected ecosystem rather than ramping up logging and loosening protections for forests, watersheds, and endangered species.

Cooper Freeman

Ashland

Letters to the Editor, June 1