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Letters to the Editor, June 13

Not an improvement

What's with the new mosquito control? In the past, Vector Control would come and spray.

Now, I'm supposed to catch mosquitoes to prove that they're in my yard. Believe me, when I see them on my arm and feel the bite, the damn things are here.

If this is supposed to be "new and improved," it isn't.

Judy Van Blarcom

Talent

Back to tyranny

Once again, Marie Arvette disregards logic, empirical knowledge, history and natural law to denigrate the Constitution by citing an obscure writer for the Atlantic, whose main job seems to be keeping Democratic voters in a state of perpetual agitation to support the socialist/progressive agenda.

Why do "progressives" work so hard to prevent human beings, endowed with wonderful gifts of reason, transcendence and the ability to distinguish good from evil, among other endowments, from exercising their recognized rights as human beings? These rights were first embodied in the Magna Carta, whose 800th anniversary we celebrate on June 15, and were further solidified in the Constitution of the United States.

In Ms. Arvette's ideal fantasy world, humankind will have gone from the tyranny of King John through limited freedom of the Magna Carta to the freest nation ever created on earth, the United States, back to the tyranny of big government run for the benefit of the few on the backs of the many.

Why do people desire tyranny for others?

What conceit drives such individuals to want to "socially engineer" the rest of mankind through the sheer force of government power and contrary to man's natural yearnings?

Dom Fontana

Medford

Two memorable hikes

In June 1955, Gilbert Mack and his 13 eighth-graders (including me) at the old Sams Valley School were bused to Lower Table Rock and climbed to the top. I don't remember much about the climb up or the climb down, except for seeing a rattlesnake or two. But no bus was there for us at the bottom, so we had to hike the rest of the way to our school. Fortunately, Dennis Duggan lived along the way, so we watered up there, but we were all tired out when we got done.

On June 10, 2015, I hiked to the top of Upper Table Rock. Four turkeys crossed my path on the way up, two jackrabbits on the way down. I made it to the top OK, and two nice women (Gwen and Lindsay) took my picture to prove I made it. Going down was harder, as my legs gave out twice, but with the help of Jay and Jason, who got me back up and checked on me later, I made it down.

None of this would have been possible without my bypass heart surgery on Feb. 2 at RRMC and my cardiac rehab team at Providence. Thanks!

Herschel Mack

Sams Valley

Protection is crucial

The Bureau of Land Management  recently released a draft plan for public forests in Western Oregon. The BLM oversees dozens of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC’s) in these forests. Some alternatives in the plan call for dropping the status of the Upper Klamath River and Upper Klamath River Addition ACEC’s. Such change would open the doors to more logging there.

As someone who has been in these areas numerous times, I have seen the degradation of the water quality there, the remnants of previous logging activities that have left huge slash piles rife for igniting wildfires, and the erosion linked to the many dirt roads in the area, many unauthorized — all this even while under the current protected ACEC status.

In the BLM’s own words, “The unique landform, diverse vegetation, water, and a low level of adverse cultural modifications has been given a Scenic Quality A classification [to these ACEC’s].” The areas also contain unique plant communities and offer critical habitat for numerous fish species and other animals. These areas deserve special protection status.

The BLM is accepting comments to ACEC changes in the plan until June 23rd, other general comments until July 23rd.

Barbara Comnes

Ashland

Letters to the Editor, June 13