Letters to the Editor

Shame on Sal Esquivel and shame on the Tribune editors for missing the point. Is anyone thinking of the child's best interests? Explain how taking a 4-year-old child away from the family that she has lived with and bonded to for two years and giving her to relative strangers will be in her best interests. Hold DHS responsible for not following rules, but do what's best for the child. — Lary Stieglitz, Medford

Everyone's rights are in danger when police officers, without probable cause, undertake to intimidate, harass and threaten people whom they regard only as possible lawbreakers. Such actions are similar to the sadistic actions of "vigilantes" at the border thirsting to kill alleged illegal immigrants.

Remembering the Holocaust, the genocide of Native Americans and the enslavement of African-Americans, we must renounce with disgust officially-sanctioned persecution of any specific groups, with the police acting like a Gestapo. — Ragan Cavanaugh, Ashland

To quote professor Noam Chomsky: "The Bush administration has openly declared its intention to dismantle much of what remained of the system of world order and to rule the world by force, with Iraq as a demonstration project." (page 60 "Interventions"; 2007).This poses a tough question: When we "elect" a tyrant and his band of henchmen, must we wait until they complete their evil "work" before we are rid of them? And, even then, upon "electing" a replacement group: How do we know if they will actually change these heinous policies?

From what I have seen of our multitude of presidential candidates; the answer looks to be: More of the same.

I think a great change is needed in our system of governance. Otherwise the people of the rest of our world (about 61/2 billion of them) will realize what we are actually doing to them! — Duane Sample, Jacksonville

When my first heart attack occurred back in 1997, the male nurse in ER at Rogue Valley Medical Center told me, "You're in luck — the best cardiologist in the world is on duty right now." And while I was delighted to hear that, I figured the guy was just exaggerating about someone he admired.

But now, 10 years and a four-way bypass later, I'm not so sure that he wasn't right on target. Dr. Brian Gross has literally saved my life at least twice through his innovative techniques and his attention to the specific details of my particular condition, and I have heard the same story from others as well.

So I was delighted to read in the Mail Tribune last week that he and the local group of cardiologists are finally receiving national recognition for bringing the reduced mortality rate for certain types of heart attacks down from a national average of 11.8 percent down to just 2.1 percent and being at the forefront of the 90-minute D2B program (door of the hospital to a balloon in the blocked artery within 90 minutes).

I call it I "holy luck!" that we live in the Rogue Valley! — Duane Shinn, Central Point

There appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel — no chance for redemption — no silver lining at all. The only course left is to make those responsible for this American nightmare responsible for their actions. That's why I agree with those who call for the resignation or impeachment of Dick Cheney and George Bush. — David Walper, Medford

To the group of teenagers who approached me on Saturday afternoon June 16 on the bike path in Bear Creek Park:

As I tried to explain to you, I am almost completely deaf, making communication very difficult, and I could not hear you. I am sorry this did not meet with the approval of some members of your group.

If you are wondering why I left so abruptly, it is because I have encountered similar situations in the Rogue Valley with young people, a very small minority of teenagers, who feel a person with hearing loss is an object of derision and an opportunity for amusement. I don't enjoy being laughed at. When I feel these situations developing, I walk away.

And to the young girl, I certainly can't call you a young lady, who screeched sarcastically at me "go to sign language school!" that was sign language I was using as I tried to communicate through your wall of ignorance.

I don't think I am the one with lessons to be learned. — J. Pettit, Medford

Jeff Golden's commentary June 24 was interesting. We need creative, out-of-the box thinking on forest management. The article has prompted me to speak out on an out-of-the box idea that I have had in my mind for a while.

We have vehicles called ATVs, which do nothing but damage the environment, waste energy and injure some users. My idea is to have a development by the automotive industry, the BLM and the Forest Service, and environmental organizations to design an All Terrain Logging Vehicle.

This vehicle would allow reasonable timber harvesting without the need to build roads. Most of the environmental damage done by logging involves the erosion and other damage done by road-building. I suspect less harm to endangered species by eliminating road-building.

Foresters and engineers will have to do the design, but I would envision a four-wheel-drive vehicle about six to eight feet wide. The vehicle would have attachments for path clearing without digging, for brush removal, for timber cutting, for timber hauling and for removal of fallen dead wood.

Such a vehicle would leave a cleaner, healthier forest, reduce the wildfire danger and yield a usable wood harvest. — Carl Schoder, Medford

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