Letters to the Editor, Sept. 27
'The Echo Chamber'
It would appear from the picture on the front page of Monday's Mail Tribune that the war on narcotic pain medications has entered a new phase and is now a religious movement in which leaders are deified and those with another point of view are vilified as greedy lobbyists.
I urge your readers to know that there is another legitimate point of view that recognizes the problem of addiction and death from these medications but also recognizes that responsible use eases suffering in people who experience chronic pain and do not get relief from anything else.
After reading the articles on Measure 97 on Sept. 18, I must say I'm not impressed by the pro because it is nothing new. But the con, by the CEO of Umpqua, made me ready to vote for it.
Some smaller companies may raise prices more, but Umpqua is expensive already. I can't afford to buy their milk, and their ice cream only if goes on sale. As a consumer they're already a luxury.
Looking at how it affects other companies does not make me inclined to vote against it; many of us pay their share of taxes thanks to their lobbyists keeping them from paying equal amounts. Would I feel sorry if the CEOs have to play nine instead of 18 holes of golf, smoke one less cigar and have one less drink in the club? Not hardly, when I have to budget when I can eat ice cream.
Disheartened by BLM
I am a farmer in the Little Applegate. The quality of the air and water and health of the micro ecosystem in this valley are the cornerstones of why I farm here. I also highly value the recreational opportunities like the Sterling Ditch mine trail and the upcoming Jack-Ash trails. I am disheartened how the BLM creates an environment of distrust and unilateral decision-making and lacks the science to back up their proposed actions.
Recently the BLM has decided to go ahead on the Nedsbar timber sale, ignoring the community alternative number 5, choosing alternative 4 with only slight modifications. Ninety-nine percent of the comments on the EA were against alternative 4 and were pro alternative 5, but the BLM shows it's not interested in collaboration, but interested in being tight with the timber logging industry.
Logging this sale as it is approved will harm important public resources and create lasting impacts for generations on our clean water and the habitats for spotted owl and California fisher.
I am urging the BLM to withdraw the Nedsbar timber sale and commit to the economically sustainable, ecologically appropriate and community based form of land management mandated in the Applegate Adaptive Management Area.