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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 8

Our better natures

Five million people showed up to welcome the Chicago Cubs back after their World Series victory. I think this speaks to the breadth of human expression.

On the one hand, the nation is embroiled and (seemingly) eagerly seeking news about the full sprectrum of politics shrouded in baser human ugliness: the election; racial injustice; corporations tramping over the environment and anyone affected by its degradation; acquittals of the perpetrators of armed takeovers of public lands.

Now, the Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Indians, 5 million people (and countless others celebrating at home) have reminded all of us that there is, in the human condition, a thirst for civil community, an appreciation for the “other team”; an admiration for a game well played, and an inclusive celebration of a story that’s bigger than any of us.

Maybe all our hateful rhetoric would simmer down if only we more often expected ourselves to tap into that gracious and affirming part of our better natures.​

​Cindy McDonald

​Jacksonville

District 6 says thanks

Each Halloween, Central Point School District’s entire fourth- and fifth-grade population participates in the Sams Valley Mini Marathon. The race was established in 1974, making it among the oldest distance races in Oregon.

Thanks to the generosity of our community partners, over 700 students from Central Point’s five elementary schools joined in this year’s event. A hardy thanks to Ravassipour Orthodontics, Storage Emporium, Elias Speech Services, Ashland Greenhouses, John Warekois CPA, Expert Pressure Wash, Lori Magel Homes, Rainey’s Corner, Rogue Meats, Goodlett Automotive, Eagle Home Mortgage, Sweed Machinery, and Kadee Quality Products for promoting health and fitness in School District 6!

Mack Lewis, School District 6

Central Point

Taking a watershed view

Jenny Creek is a splendid little mountain stream that flows from Surveyor Peak down along the eastern border of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Fishes of Jenny Creek include a specialized redband trout that was among the outstanding objects of scientific interest described in the original monument designation.

Today, we understand that Jenny Creek flows are at risk from reduced snowpacks and warming temperatures. This is why we need more of the creek’s watershed in the monument. The proposed expansion does precisely that; bringing in Surveyor Peak, more of main-stem Jenny Creek, and Jenny Creek Falls. Surveyor Peak, at 6,565 feet, is more than 2,500 feet higher than Jenny Creek. With improved management of high meadows and riparian areas, snow remains longer in the headwaters and improves summer flows. Monument status also should improve road management. BLM has few resources but large networks of roads to manage. Monument status will focus attention on culverts and road crossings that are sources of stream sediments.

Jenny Creek has been a longtime favorite of our family. If the monument is expanded, lands will remain open for hiking, hunting and fishing. And with improved stewardship, Jenny Creek should continue to flow cold and clear.

Jack Williams, Ph.D., Trout Unlimited senior scientist

Medford

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 8