Letters to the editor

I'm proud of Russia for their stand concerning homosexuals. Supposedly a godless country chose more to honor the Bible than this country that has on its coins "In God We Trust." Also, bless the Portland cake makers for their stand. Just saying. — Dave Hale, Eagle Point

Marie Arvette's promotion of secular humanism/atheism, while appearing eloquent, camouflages many false assumptions while side-stepping obvious truths. It ends with a call to suppress something she doesn't, or cannot, understand: belief in an intelligence greater than hers.

She seems to put trust in fallible science and its practitioners, human beings with human faults and failings, while trusting them to solve imaginary problems.

We can look to the recent past to see what happened when civilized societies were forced to abandon their "primitive superstitions" and cast off their moral codes and were subjected to "science" and institutional atheism. Such states, like the U.S.S.R., ultimately failed, but only after causing tens of millions of unnecessary deaths and needless suffering and misery. It neglected the changeless nature of man.

One dedicated communist found God and truth in the Gulag. He lived to experience changes in his country from the Russian Revolution to the fall of the Communist state. Alexander Solzhenitsyn stated, "The entire 20th century was sucked into the vortex of atheism and self-destruction." Why? "Men have forgotten God," he said.

Ms. Arvette's secular humanism is inviting us to go down the same destructive path. Once the truth is gone, all is permitted. — Dennis V. Sinclair, Medford

We strongly oppose the proposal of Reps. Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden regarding the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act.

We understand there are no easy answers concerning watershed health and county economics. To ramp up clearcutting in our backyards does not seem well thought out. At the very least, it undermines the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.

Added to this, current timber prices are at record lows, with the main demand for timber coming from China.

We would like to see the Forest Service and BLM embrace both forest health and fire safety by focusing timber management on thinning small-diameter stands near homes and communities where it will do the most good for the greatest number. — Gwen and Tom Oaks, Ashland

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