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Letters, Sept. 13

Still seeking justice

“We seek justice, because the victims cannot”: our motto encapsulates Wings-of-Justice efforts for victims of crime. Ten years ago, David Lewis was horrifically murdered and his cabin burned. We are forever thankful to detectives and firefighters.

David was gregarious, hardworking, opinionated, kind, humorous. A loving uncle and father to three sons. Dave could tell a tale of fishing Hyatt lake and was gifted in memory. His friends called him “The Keeper of the Mountain.”

When and where Dave was murdered is unknown. His home and body, which looked like charred driftwood, with no arms or legs, was gruesomely found. A minimum of four evidence sites. Troy Carney, traveling with truckers, was also found killed. What sorrow that soul-sick murderers and their cohorts create. How do they rise and fall, in daily living, and have no guilty conscience?

Nothing will bring David back. His sons have become men. His family continues to mourn the loss of a great man who spoke truth to power, revealed and rose up against wrongdoing, profoundly stood for what he believed in, and has left his blood on another’s evil, guilty, unclean hands. Killers walk free, vicious and remorseless.

Linda Lewis Miller


Barking up the wrong tree

Struggling to find opposing views can result in imbalance. Such occurred in the point/counterpoint columns on wildfire (Sept. 2). One side offered an environmental scientist (Frey) who quoted science while the other offered a humanist (Matthews) who quoted politicians, (McClintock and Trump) while ignoring science.

As Frey argued, based on science, global warming and fire suppression are the major factors increasing wildfire risk. Matthews, meanwhile, didn’t mention fire suppression and provided the classic rejection of climate science consensus regarding global warming by claiming that warming is due to our ongoing emergence from the last ice age. If Matthews understood the science, he’d know that the major factors driving the cycle of ice ages are currently pushing us back into a cooling period. Yet we are warming! The only explanation that passes muster is that increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration is driving global warming.

Large fires and burn acreage have been increasing in the western states since the 1970s, not the 1990s, a trend that’s consistent with the warming trend we have experienced. While climate change and fire suppression are relevant, the timber corporate spokespersons who claim it’s regulations, spotted owl protection and reduced logging are barking up the wrong tree.

Kathy Conway, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now


Not visitors’ responsibility

The proponents of a meals tax on all food prepared inside of Jacksonville say that tourists should have to pay for our police department. “Tourists will not mind paying a bit extra for their meals,” they tell us.

If this logic is true, then why not impose a 25 percent meals tax and use the money to pay our property taxes? After all, the tourists will not mind.

Vote no on the Jacksonville meals tax! Visitors to our little historic town should not have to take on the responsibility of paying for our police.

Larry B. Smith


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