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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 7

Clearcuts don’t cause fires

Dominick DellaSala should get over his tired old rhetoric about forest fires.

First of all, it’s Realtors, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Britt and Travel Medford, as well as the timber industry, that want good forest management. Dave Schott is working with them because of their concern about the effect of smoke on the tourism and home sales in Southern Oregon.

Then, there are serious health concerns. His outdated information about forest management won’t sell any more. There is no scientific evidence that catastrophic fires are caused by clearcuts, and that burning up thousands of acres of habitat is natural. He is advocating past arguments that aren’t working and aren’t supported by Oregonians.

The Kalmiopsis Wilderness (Chetco Bar fire last year) is burning again. So much for wilderness burning less severely.

Enough already. Quit trying to convince people that foul air, greenhouse gas emissions, burned soil and black, devastated forests are natural or needed. We want forest management back where we didn’t have catastrophic fires, wood was used for constructing homes and we can breathe again and have healthy forests. Enough of his rhetoric that doesn’t make sense. Get on with reality and what citizens of Oregon want of their forests.

Sue Kupillas

Medford

Pity for POTUS

After months and months of following the behavior of Donald Trump, I have changed my opinion of our commander in chief.

I grew up in a house where both my mother and older brother suffered from forms of mental illness. Mom especially battled extreme bi-polar episodes, which required lengthy stays at awful, outdated county mental health facilities (often for months at a time).

The symptoms demonstrated by POTUS have caused terrible memories to resurface from those days. I am not a practicing psychiatrist, but can recognize disturbing behavior, i.e., mania.

Symptoms: Like you are special and understanding things others can’t.

Believing you are invincible and have special powers.

Jumping quickly between unrelated topics.

Being rude, angry or aggressive.

Also attachment disorder: A result of failure to form an appropriate bond with parents in early childhood.

These are but a few of the examples of why Trump is Trump. A man not to be hated, rather to be pitied.

T. Alan Gielow

Shady Cove

Fake news

I once wrote that Trump can’t open his mouth without spewing lies. I also believed that everything he tweeted was false. Every day I read or heard about the number of lies and misrepresentations that had come from his mouth or through his tweets the previous day, so I was confident that my distrust of his words was well-founded.

But I was wrong, because on Thursday, Aug. 2, Trump actually told the truth for once. He said that his daughter Ivanka was correct about the media not being the enemy of the people but that it is “the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people.”

From what I have read and observed, I’d say that the largest percentage of “FAKE NEWS,” anywhere from 75 percent to 90 percent, comes from Fox News. So I’d say that Trump just publicly confirmed what I have known all along.

Fox News is indeed the enemy of the people.

Marti Hawes

Eagle Point

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