Letters to the Editor

Why did Congressman Greg Walden vote against equal pay for women, against food stamps for the needy, and against health care for the uninsured? Why is he not representing the people of Southern Oregon? — Ronald Hendel, Rogue River

Six years ago, on Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m., cancer won a battle with my wife of 20 years, Teri Jo. It was a four-year skirmish up and down, then finally the knockout punch.

Every year since I write a letter reminding men to lovingly remind your gals to get their check-ups. Most important is that you fellers be there with them. No matter what she says, be there.

Those of us living with a loss — you don't really ever recover. You manage to continue, but it's never the same. Do everything you can, guys, to protect her. You can't replace her when she's gone. Not even close. — Rick Boyd, Medford

George Sexton's guest opinion provided facts and science about wildland fires. Ed Kupillas' rebuttal was timber industry spin.

Here are a few facts: The two southwest Oregon fires burning in steep remote areas of unmanaged (native) forest — Big Windy and Labrador — cover about 27,000 acres. They're in steep, rugged, roadless areas.

The Douglas Complex fire — close to twice the size of Big Windy and Labrador combined — is burning in a heavily roaded and logged (managed) forest.

All three fires started at the same time. They burned under similar weather conditions. So with all the roads and forest management, how did the Douglas Complex fire grow so much larger than the Big Windy and Labrador fires, if Mr. Kupillas is correct?

This is because he's not. The Labrador fire is burning in part of the 2002 Biscuit fire area. Helicopter water drops were used on hot spots and to keep the fire from crossing the Wild and Scenic Illinois River but the Labrador fire essentially contained itself to about 2,000 acres with some help from the Forest Service.

The Douglas Complex fire, on the other hand, grew to 48,000 acres, despite its roads and intensely managed forests. — Barbara Ullian, Grants Pass

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