June 9, 2006 Sacrilege of roadless forests Nothing better demonstrates the need to end commercial logging on our public lands than the U.S. Forest Service’s recent decision to open up Oregon’s last road less forests to clear-cut logging.

Sacrilege of roadless forests

Nothing better demonstrates the need to end commercial logging on our public lands than the U.S. Forest Service’s recent decision to open up Oregon’s last road less forests to clear-cut logging. This sacrilege proves that unless we keep our national forests completely off limits to taxpayer-subsidized corporate extraction, the timber barons will find a loophole large enough to drive their logging trucks through.

Clearly none of the current protections are enough when the largest unprotected road less area remaining in Oregon (bordering the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in the Biscuit Fire area) is on the chopping block, and one of the last healthy salmon runs in the Coast Range, Indigo Creek, is threatened with landslides and massive siltation.

Governor Kulongoski has already sent a letter to the Forest Service opposing these road less area sales (albeit without any media.) Yet Senator Wyden and Congressman DeFazio— both of who claim to be pro-environment— have yet to do the same, despite assurances from their staff that a letter has already been written, just not sent. Meanwhile, it’s been two months since that promise and the June auction date of these sales is rapidly approaching.

Please urge supposedly “green” Sen. Wyden and Rep. DeFazio to keep their promise and send out the letter immediately! Also remind them that the only effective way to get any real protection for our public lands is to end the taxpayer subsidized corporate destruction of our forests!

Scott Humason


The Post has bloody hands

In your “Other View” editorial (June 5), the Washington Post slanders Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The Post’s editorial hands are still covered with the blood shed in America’s imperial aggression in Iraq, a cause that the Post wholeheartedly supported and still attempts to justify. The editorial assault on President Chavez must be seen as a desperate attempt to divert Americans’ attention away from our own illegal and immoral policies.

President Chavez has been supported by his people through at least five elections; because of their support he managed to overcome an American-approved military coup (in April 2002); he has made genuine progress in raising the standard of living of the Venezuelan poor; he has not invaded or threatened to invade any of his neighbors. He has, however, loudly and often proclaimed that it is time for Latin America to throw off the Yankee imperialist yoke. That is enough to make him an enemy in the eyes of the Washington Post and the Bush imperialists.

Two recent books are essential for Americans if they wish to learn about American imperialism in Latin America and elsewhere: Greg Grandin, “Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United states, and the Rise of the New Imperialism; and Stephen Kinzer, “Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq.” They tell a sad and brutal story.

Gerald Cavanaugh

Marriage rule is ugly politics

As if Bush has not covered himself with enough shame already, now he panders to the insecure and hidebound by calling for a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Politics and ignorance is an ugly combination.

Traditional marriage does strengthen society, but it does not follow that additional non-traditional forms will weaken it. Those who argue that they would are frightened by changes of definition, especially if they accommodate people for whom they have no real love.

Nowhere does the Bible ordain marriage as the exclusive right of heterosexuals, and nowhere does it ban homosexual marriage. The Bible condemns homosexuality in connection with idolatry, rape and sex slavery, but not in and of itself. That it is natural (which is supported by science and the life-experience of millions) means it is part of God’s plan, as perfect as any other of the Creator’s works.

Webster’s Dictionary is not the Word of God. Neither is the Constitution a dictionary, though Bush and Co. are trying to make it one with their ugly amendment defining marriage as an exclusive right. If we are going to tinker with the Constitution, lets keep fear and bigotry out of it.

Nicholas Follansbee

Found dog

put to rest

I found your dog. You know the medium-size white one with an ink dark spot on its back. I found your dog lying alone on the sidewalk in front of Kingdom Hall on North Main Street in Ashland. No collar. No name. I found your dog to be quiet company as I carried it to my car and drove carefully home.

As I drove I rested my hand on its fur and wondered if you very often did the same. I found your dog a name. It’s “Baby” because it certainly deserved to have been your beloved baby. I found your dog a final place to rest in my yard. Under a beautiful tree near a flower-filled garden with the sound of water nearby. I found your dog and I have honored it as best I could. Sleep well, Baby.

Gwen Kirk

Militant policing on the rise

So now we have it. Crime is not on the rise in Ashland. Militant policing is!

The efforts of a few have been successful. They have frightened the needy with published statements that free meals attract an undesirable (criminal) population to our town, and that if we quit feeding them they’ll go someplace else. They have shamed a handful of troublemakers by printing their photos, reminiscent of the Wild West “Wanted Dead Or Alive” posters, causing irreparable harm to them, their families and friends, and further dividing our community.

Our police department has resorted to profiling the most challenged population of our town to control an imaginary crime wave. Now that the harm is done, we are provided with APD statistics supporting Mike Bianca’s position that crime was not increasing in Ashland. He said, “Maybe one of the years it will be true” noting that, to date, “this year seems on par with others.” (ADT, 4/18/06) What would the Chief of Police know, anyway?

The roots of this conflict are within our own police department. I urge the citizens of Ashland to demand, one, that the City Council adopt a Community Policing Ordinance, and two, that city officials make it their number one priority to resolve the issues in the APD that have brought us to this unfortunate place.

In the meantime, I suggest that we drop the use of the word “progressive” when we speak of the values of the village of Ashland.

Holly East

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