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Oct. 31 Letters to the Editor

Kruse should be charged

As a man I cannot believe that in 2017 you published a story on the front page about the Oregon Senate president warning state Sen. Jeff Kruse not to touch women. Warning him? You don’t warn him, you charge him with sexual harassment, arrest him, take him to court where he pays the price that court hands out.

How have we gotten to the place and time where a man needs to be warned about something he should have learned early in life? You do not touch. Simple, straightforward and non-negotiable.

The headline should have been, "Senator arrested for sexual harassment."

We can debate forever how we got here. The reality is that it is present in our society and needs to be addressed as the crime it is.

But then, maybe I am just being naive. After all we did elect the "harasser in chief” Donald Trump as president and Fox just extended the contract to air Bill O'Reilly. Is Jeff Kruse’s real lesson that he is just a lowly senator from a small state out West and not the president or Fox commentator and needs to remember his place?

Ken Gosling


Walden targets special places

I'm terrified by Congressman Walden's latest attack on public lands.

While the rest of the Oregon congressional delegation is seeking solutions to fund wildfire suppression and prevention, Walden appears poised to exploit this summer's smoke and fire to promote the interests of Big Timber.

In particular, Walden is pushing HR 2936, the so-called Resilient Federal Forests Act. Rather than bringing communities and stakeholders together to work for resilient forests, Section 913 of the bill would require that nearly every acre of BLM lands in Southern Oregon be managed exclusively for logging.

Picture the Grizzly Peak trail as a clearcut. Imaging floating the Wild Rogue while its ancient forests are being slicked off. Try bagging a buck in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument while bulldozers punch in new logging roads.

It's not a pretty picture, and we deserve better than political grandstanding from our congressional representative.

George Sexton


Wolf worries are humorous

In these days of political polarization and heated argument, I am indebted to my hometown newspaper for a chuckle on Page A3 of Oct. 26.

"Reward tripled to nab killer of wolf OR-33." It seems the animal had been blamed for livestock kills near Ashland some 10 months previous.

Let me speculate just for a moment. Is it possible that a rancher was so perplexed at loss of stock that he or she shot the wolf? If that is the case, how many ordinary citizens would take sides with the starry-eyed members of KS Wild, Defenders of Wildlife, Oregon Wild, Humane Society and the hapless ODFW employees who are charged with tracking down this wolf-killer?

Many of us are weary of being bullied by the administrative state, particularly when its pious adherents try to peddle ideas which run counter to common sense. Rather than send law enforcement larruping over hill and dale, perhaps these groups can establish a "Wolf Counseling Center." It would employ pictures of elk, deer and small mammals to help the animals sort out their natural prey (before the Europeans arrived) from our slow-footed and tasty and modern domesticated flocks.

Hubert Smith


Medford makes a village

The tiny houses of Hope Village, Medford’s best answer to homelessness, are ready to provide transitional housing for the homeless. We await only an occupancy permit to welcome the villagers home on their paths from homelessness to more productive lives.

Volunteers built Hope Village. Far more volunteer hours were spent on Hope Village than contracted hours. Volunteers have come from all parts of Medford, north, south, east and west; from many religious denominations and from the non-religious; men, women and children; old, young and in-between; skilled craftspersons and those who are all thumbs.

The people of Medford created Hope Village. It takes a city to make a village.

Thank you, volunteers!

David and Sharie Beale


Volunteer coordinators, Hope Village

Oct. 31 Letters to the Editor