Misguided blame

The July 3 opinion by Court Boice, “Environmentalists have dictated future of forests,” is loaded with misguided blame and inaccuracies that require a response.

The Forest Service adopted a plan for substantial logging that nominally recognizes legally required mandates to protect our Chetco watershed, where maintenance for domestic water supplies and commercial/sport fisheries is critical. Those qualities are not worth scrapping to truck a few more logs to mills quickly.

It’s not just about selling burned trees. Science shows that logging on charred soil jeopardizes watersheds even more than logging in unburned areas; our care in salvage must be greater — not less — than it is elsewhere.

The agency’s decision was not determined by “well funded environmental groups,” but by laws that reflect responsible science, public process, and public land management respecting more than commercial harvest alone. Nearly all conservation advocates, including yours truly, are entirely volunteer (unlike Boice, who broadcasts his opinions while on our county payroll).

Speaking for one of those local conservation groups, we are not against logging, but support it following best management practices. Boice would represent us all better if he did the same, and if he stuck to fire and safety issues for which county government is actually responsible: emergency services and land-use planning that reduces vulnerability of development in harm’s way. There’s much work there that needs to be done if our concerns are truly for the public good. That work does not include anyone’s vendetta against the Forest Service or against environmentalists.

Tim Palmer

Port Orford

Human problem

Court Boice is pro-logging. That much has been made clear to me by his repeated posts in the Public Forum and the Timber Resources Rally I attended back in May.

What is not clear is where he’s getting this idea that salvage logging is good for preventing forest fires. It doesn’t make sense to me and there have been very well written articles in this publication which are still available to read online. (See: “Drop the Rhetoric” by Rich Fairbanks, and “Salvage logging not a solution for fire safety” by Jim Rogers) They state the case against salvage logging more lucidly than I can.

If you’re willing to go for a drive, you should check out the burn scar, in particular areas where there’s overlap from the Biscuit fire and Bar fire. There’s still a lot of those match-stick snags from the Biscuit fire still standing. Somehow, I don’t think they’re as much of a problem as the logging proponents would have you believe and those trees provide homes for creatures who do the work of replanting for you. Coincidentally this natural method of replanting is also more resistant to future fires once it gets growing.

Mr. Boice, if you’re going to be pro-logging, that’s fine. Just don’t pretend it’s good for the environment. Those old growth forests that were around before loggers seemed to survive the seasonal fires just fine for hundreds of years. Human activity created this problem. Let’s focus more on closer-to-home strategies of mitigation?

Sean Noland


Quality service

As anyone who pays attention to social media can tell you, the old adage that “bad news travels quickly,” has never been more true. I’d like to take a moment and share some good news for anyone here in Curry County. The good news is that our local county hospital is getting some extremely good reviews.

Four different friends, my wife, and myself, have all experienced, as patients, the staff, and facility here recently, and mostly for the first time. Every one of us left there feeling that we were in very competent, courteous, caring and professional hands. My wife spoke especially well of the quality of care she was given in the emergency department. I had a urological procedure completed last Thursday and there aren’t words to describe the quality of the care I received… it was excellent.

So, please do yourself a favor, and be your own judge. Don’t ignore the convenient quality medical services available right here in wonderful little corner of the world.

Clayton Johnson

Gold Beach

Not enough

In June, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ivanka Trump honored several people from around the world for their work fighting human trafficking. Honoring people is not enough. It doesn’t address the root cause of the problem, and when your plan doesn’t address the root cause of the crisis, it makes it worse.

Slavery comes from the power game of lust, one of the five power games related to revenge. Lust is one of the seven deadly sins. People who enslave others fear loss, so they bind people to them and push them away.

People who have been dragged into slavery lack their freedom, and to free them, such as during the Civil War, slaves need somewhere to go. The Underground Railroad provided the opportunity for people to leave, and the free North allowed them to have their freedom.

How does Donald Trump’s plan make the crisis worse? For one thing, his immigration policy sets the stage for human trafficking by denying people who are seeking asylum from having a place to go to escape oppression.

Human trafficking is occurring within the U.S. also and the place that people can go is the plan for the international government. Americans can stop human trafficking around the world by supporting the plan for the international government, which will be based on the U.S. Constitution. As of today, people in 85 nations support the plan for world peace.

Karen Holmes


Failed daycare

Saturday’s paper lent nearly the entire letters to the editor section to a Public Forum post by Commissioner (Thomas) Huxley blasting Commissioner (Court) Boice for exceeding county travel policy. I for one support Boice and his sincere efforts to represent and protect Curry County. I also support Huxley in his efforts to stay home, not travel or attend important meetings and work very few hours on part of the county.

The Public Forum in the Pilot has become Huxley’s bitch pulpit. It is said the worst an honest man can do is make an honest mistake and think Boice made the right decision to knowingly step forward and aggressively do his job representing Curry County’s interests wherever needed. Huxley plays paperwork games, throwing a tantrum when things don’t go his way. He has done this from day one, first with David Brock Smith and now Boice; it is as if Huxley failed daycare.

Steve Beyerlin

Nesika Beach