Letters: At length

Look deeper into government's Sept. 11 explanation

I'm writing in response to two letters that appeared in your June 7 newspaper concerning Sept. 11, 2001, conspiracy theories.

I attended the Southern Oregon University presentation with author David Ray Griffin and enjoyed his reasoned approach. It was refreshingly different from the kind of hysterical stuff that surrounds this topic. I'm not just talking about wild-eyed conspiracy nuts on the Internet. Consider the government's explanation for what happened: Pilots in training with no extensive experience flying single-engine planes, let alone commercial jets, commandeer four passenger flights in broad daylight. Using plastic knives they subdue crew and passengers, then proceed to expertly fly the planes into their targets, a feat of such expertise that seasoned pilots doubt they could pull it off themselves. Oh, and North American Aerospace Defense Command does nothing.

Steel buildings drop like pancakes, including one (building 7) that was not hit by a plane and had only a minor fire on one floor. No steel structure has ever behaved this way before. Satellite photos show persistent ground-level&

fires burning at temperatures far exceeding what jet fuel or steel would normally achieve, suggesting thermite explosives.

Questions, questions, questions. Why not just look into those questions? I'm not talking about mindlessly embracing other conspiracy theories beside this "official" far-fetched tale, just inquiring into the seeming discrepancies, which is exactly what Griffin seems to be doing. I don't embrace everything he says, by the way. But I'm open to the exploration, simply because the explanations for what happened just don't make 100 percent sense.

The Sept. 11 tragedy is full of clues to the full story of what may have really happened, but we are discouraged from considering them. Imagine how far any detective would get if he ignored even a single clue, for instance what somebody saw or heard, just because it wasn't scientifically proven?

That's called a cover-up.

Will Wilkinson

Many library questions go unanswered

The libraries have closed. Two levies have been defeated. There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Through all the turmoil, disbelief and discussion, I had questions that went unanswered. There is an elephant in the room that seems to be invisible.

I support libraries 100 percent. Many letters, all true, were written to editors about the need and importance of libraries as community centers. But how did we come to the point where our libraries needed to be closed? Why didn't our commissioners talk about the uncertainty of federal funding a year ago? Why didn't our senators and representatives alert us to the possibility that the funds would not be renewed? Libraries used to be funded by a levy. When the levy was rolled into the general fund, what was this money used for? Our taxes didn't go down.

The people who brought the first and second levies to the voters did so with good intentions, but they didn't answer the pertinent questions. They didn't address the elephant. Before we have any more knee-jerk reactions to our closed libraries, everyone needs to sit back, take a deep breath and calmly assess the situation.

Jackson County Library Services is a marvelous, integrated product. It isn't just buildings with books. When I wanted a book, I would sit at my home computer and instantly be able to access the entire card catalog. I would know if a book was in the system, if a book was immediately available and if a book was on hold I would know how long I would have to wait. I would make my selections, designate the pick-up library and in a few days I would get a call that the books were in. My books could come from any of the 15 libraries, Rogue Valley Community College, Grants Pass or Klamath Falls.

This whole operation seemed like magic, but actually took a great deal of organization. And this was only a small part of the entire computer system. When Ashland says it will pass a levy and open its own library, I ask how can this be done? Where will the books come from? If they can come from the various branches, who will transport them? I understand that Ashland used to run its own library and it became financially unable to do so; therefore, it became part of JCLS.

Edith Montgomery

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