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Letters to the Editor, March 29

Dryer lint bad for birds

As we come upon the time of year when birds build their nests, keep these tips in mind if you're thinking about putting your clothes dryer lint out for birds to use.

1) If lint gets wet it then gets brittle when dry.

2) Lint can cake onto birds’ feet, legs and plumage and disrupt insulation of feathers.

3) It may contain perfumes, soap and fabric softener residue, not to mention artificial dyes that can be harmful to birds.

4) Chicks can inhale small lint particles which can cause respiratory distress, choking and suffocation.

5) Lint can contain string or hair that can tangle around legs, wings or other body parts and cause injuries similar to those caused by fishing line.

6) Be sure to clean lint from around your dryer's outside vent so birds can't get to it that way.

Bottom line: It's better to leave it up to the birds to find more natural nesting materials on their own.

Maureen Stewart


For whom the bell tolls

I am a senior that lived in Oregon for nearly 50 years an have voted in every election. I am very concerned about this administration.

So Rep. Greg Walden must be very pleased now that he has the black man out of the White House. (Still fighting the Civil War, hey!) And now the man he supports has turned out to be a lying sexual predator with strong ties to a Russian dictator. These are facts that can be confirmed. Not made up.

So now with his constituents in his district slowly turning purple and even blue in large parts of his area, his support and destruction of health care and infrastructure in small communities will have a negative impact on their quality of life. I strongly oppose these changes and I encourage him to oppose them as well.

So in the end I say to Greg Walden, if he continues on this track: Don't send to know for whom the bell tolls, it will toll for thee.

Jim Jean


Jet boats incompatible

I am a concerned riverfront landowner.

The upper Rogue is a shallow, narrow, rocky river with limited visibility. Large, high-horsepower jet boats carrying many passengers at high speed put those passengers and other river users at risk of injury or death from collision (with other boats, rocks, trees and people) and from the large waves these boats produce.

Historically, the upper Rogue from Bybee Bridge at Touvelle Park to the hatchery has seen limited motor boat use. Major users are rafters, kayakers, birders, fishermen, drift boaters, waders, swimmers, riverboarders and now, stand-up paddle boarders. Large commercial jet boat operations are not compatible with and threaten the safety of these users. River conditions and usage patterns below Bybee Bridge are more compatible with this operation which could continue unchanged.

Large commercial operations already exist in Grants Pass and Gold Beach, covering many river miles.

Please help us contain this operation by contacting the Oregon State Marine Board by mail, Fax, or email to  June LeTarte, rules coordinator, 435 Commercial St. N.E., Salem, OR 97301; fax: 503-378-4597; email: osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov.

Gregory J. Layton

White City

Letters to the Editor, March 29