After reading (Aug. 18) about the plans for the "historic" Steadman house in Phoenix, I drove over to look at it.

Are you kidding? It's little more than a stack of kindling held together with rusty nails. And it has no merit in style or design. It's ugly. Three hundred thousand in taxpayer dollars for this enterprise? Let the owners tear it down at their own expense. The city will be well rid of it. — Doris Hirigoyen, Phoenix

Sue Kupillas asks (Aug. 4), "Who cares about the health of our Oregon forests?" I was baffled at the question; nearly everyone cares.

Then I realized she was trying to score political points when people are literally putting their lives on the line to protect their neighbors and communities. She highlights the divide rather than the science-based common ground that has surfaced in recent years to specifically focus our public lands management on thinning overly dense forests.

She can't find "policymakers or environmental activists who care enough to move from stubborn positions and really find workable solutions." Ironically, she uses thinning timber sales in the Big Butte watershed as an example of "workable solutions" and active management. Local conservation group KS Wild and timber companies supported those very timber sales.

There is no question that Oregonians care about our public forests. They are in some ways the fabric of our state and our communities. The issues we face are the result of many factors over many decades. There is action we can take to protect communities and make our forests more resilient. We need people committed to working together and utilizing science to find solutions, not pointing fingers. — Lesley Adams, Phoenix

I am older than 70, and can tell you that when my first child was born, I had neither diaper service nor washing machine.

I rinsed soiled diapers in the toilet, then hand-washed them in the kitchen sink (remember that deep one?), rinsed them and hung them on the clothes line. They were cloth, rather thinnish so they dried somewhat easily, then I (and many others) learned how to fold them for preemie size to toddler size.

Easy? Not really, but when 31/2 years later child No. 2 came along, I was prepared with a "wringer" washer at the same deep kitchen sink and the same cloth diapers (with a few new ones) and the same clothes line ... and I admit, the work involved might have been a factor in our contribution to population control.

Yes, having three or four kids in diapers is expensive, so if you are going to produce them, be prepared to keep them clean and healthy at your own expense. We had three children in 14 years because that is how many we could afford to diaper, clothe and educate. Period. — Eleanor Schlapfer, Medford

What has happened to Americana? Where has good old-fashioned Yankee ingenuity gone?

Is the America we have known, even locally, still the dream our nation's framers envisioned? Are we striving for a "more perfect union?"

Oregonians have vast untapped timber resources, of which the Roseburg News-Review said, "We're letting a renewable resource — trees, grow remarkably well in Western Oregon and they keep growing and creating more fuels — go up in smoke rather than harvest trees to reduce the risk of wildfire." Why? Because environmental extremists value resources over inhabitants of the planet, catering to birds and bees.

Additionally the Mail Tribune, to bring transparency to the First Amendment, requested the terms of fire Chief Bierwiler's termination agreement from the city, saying the public has a right to know. The public paid for that right.

Finally, if given a choice between saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the national anthem or not, we should. Rep. Sal Esquivel remedied the pledge with legislation, which passed. I guess we need legislation to say "under God."

Illegals are legally issued Oregon driver's licenses.

I guess we forgot that virtuous George Washington isn't here anymore and won't be back anytime soon. — Joel Marks, Medford

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