I have been coming up to Little Hyatt Lake with my dad and uncle since I was old enough to fish. I am now 66 and I still come up here.

I set my lawn chair by the lake's edge, throw my line out, prop the pole up and just sit back and listen. I hear the water going over the spillway, the breeze in the trees, the bushes, the birds, the little chipmunks going under my chair. I don't care if I catch any fish, I just listen to nature. So peaceful.

I call this place paradise. It will hurt me very much if they take out the dam. There is no other place like it. I am alone now, except for when I am here with nature. Please, save Little Hyatt Lake. — John Neimoyer, White City

It is with heartfelt dismay that I read of the BLM's intention via the Western Oregon Plan Revisions to clear-cut old-growth forests near streams that are currently protected as "riparian reserves" under the Northwest Forest Plan.

All Oregonians who have spent any time whatsoever on our federal forestlands have seen first-hand the results of the BLM's streamside clear-cutting of the 1970s and 1980s. Now the same agency, led by many of the same timber planners, wants to take us back to the era of unsustainable old-growth logging that literally unraveled watersheds throughout the state and led directly and inevitably to the logging shut-downs of the 1990s.

Haven't we moved beyond the days of "timber-first" logging on public lands such that we can accommodate other important values such as salmon, clean water, wildlife and recreation? Or is the BLM simply incapable of viewing public forests as anything other than two-by-fours?

It should come as no surprise that the BLM has sworn to its friends in the timber industry that it will complete its plan revisions to reduce streamside forest buffers prior to the end of Bush administration.

Something smells like dead fish. — Shannon Clery, Ashland

Thank you for your A la Carte article about student lunches at Madrone Trail Public Charter School. Your article about the school's "lunch philosophy" was a nice glimpse into one small facet of this inspirational Medford Public School.

I want to correct one statement made in the article; the school encourages certain foods/packaging, but does not mandate them. More can be learned about the school's curriculum, community, structure and status by visiting www.madronetrail.org.

I would also like to tout the virtues of the "plastic-lined cloth sandwich wrap" that was mentioned in the article. It cleans up nicely and air-dries quickly. They, along with other reusable containers for school lunch-packing can be found at recycledbags.com. — Kim Zwemer-Margulis, Jacksonville

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