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Letters, Nov. 26

Election-stealing

It looks like the Democrats were trying to steal the election down in Florida.

What a big surprise!

This from the same party that is blocking voter ID and has already given the vote to illegal immigrants in San Francisco and Baltimore.

I am sure the Democrats would have no problem with Trump making Russia the 51st state by executive order. After all, the Democrats are all about tolerance and acceptance.

Tucker Carlson and Rand Paul can tell you all about it.

Joe Thomas

Brookings

Blaming the wrong cause

As you’ve heard: “Denial ain’t a river in Egypt!” Denial flows from Washington, D.C. to the western states.

Data indicate that the area burned by fire has been increasing over the last few decades. But data also tell us that going back a century and beyond, the area of western forests burned was much greater than today.

So, what’s been happening? Since the wildfire trend started in the 1970s or 1980s before logging was substantially reduced, that cannot be the problem.

However, what happened in the mid-early years of last century was an extensive campaign of fire suppression. Meanwhile, during the 1970s-1980s and onward, climatic conditions started becoming notably different as temperatures rose, snowpack declined, and soils started drying out, producing worsening drought trends.

Throughout the world, areas with our winter wet / summer dry climate support vegetation that is fire-prone, fire-adapted, and fire-dependent. Since fire is critical to the health of our forests and is inevitable with global warming continuing, we’ll never prevent fires however hard we try. Urging yet more fire suppression rather than sane fire management is displaying ignorance.

It’s alarming to see uniformed citizens and politicians blaming the wrong causes for fires.

Alan Journet, co-facilitator,

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

Jacksonville

Sanctuary for wildlife

The lack of adequate food, water and habitat caused by drought and increasing human population have forced cougars and other wildlife into neighborhoods and towns. It is, therefore, encouraging to see media and public opinion respond to recent cougar sightings positively.

Confronted with mass species extinctions and ecosystem collapse, we are finally realizing what we have before it is entirely gone. Let’s take the next step — not just tolerate our furred, feathered and finned kin — but support them in their time of need. Let’s make our communities sanctuary cities for humans and animals.

G.A. Bradshaw

Jacksonville

‘Nice’ vs. ‘good’

In a recent edition, Damian Mann chronicled fires caused by transients and noted that 32 of these required fire suppression. He quoted Medford Fire personnel’s concerns about accessing camps which are purposely concealed and/or encountering persons high on drugs or alcohol.

For years our city fathers have beaten around the bush on this problem. They have turned their backs on downtown businesses and citizens harassed or subjected to unpleasantness ranging from the mild to the appalling.

Now Damian Mann has exposed a real and present danger both to firefighters and a population already jittery about conflagrations in our dry environment. Is now the time to demand that we realize that the “nice” is too often at war with the “good?” Is now the time to look at cities that have taken hard-nosed yet legal actions?

Perhaps if city officials “took in” a few of these unfortunates and got to know them up close and personal. No, that wasn’t a pig flying over your roof.

Hubert Smith

Jacksonville

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