There can be no remaining doubt — Donald Trump is intentionally de-legitimizing America’s image and position in the world. Never in our history has a president so comprehensively humiliated our nation overseas as this one has in just over a month.

First, he got embarrassingly suckered by Kim Jong-un, declaring the mass murderer “honorable” and no longer a nuclear threat while North Korea was actually accelerating its nuclear program. He used Kim’s words in declaring our military exercises “provocative” and abruptly canceled them at Putin’s suggestion.

Then, at the NATO summit, he falsely disparaged Germany as “captive of Russia,” trashed our allies and lied about NATO military commitments.

Next stop Britain, where he insulted the prime minister about Brexit, brazenly denied it (even when the recording of the interview proved it), treated Queen Elizabeth like a truck treats a traffic cone, and whimpered that the “Baby Trump” balloon made him feel unwelcome.

But the ultimate disgrace was Helsinki, where he cravenly capitulated to Putin by apologizing for “many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity.” Not a word about Putin’s murderous aggression and perfidy being the real reason for the bad relationship. And Trump despicably sided with Putin over our own intelligence agencies regarding Russia’s sabotage of our election on his behalf.

It’s incredible, but a cowardly American president is openly, shamelessly working in support of our deadliest adversary. Former CIA director John Brennan — a conservative — called his behavior “imbecilic” and “nothing short of treasonous.”

He is absolutely right.

Mike Gaynes


On right track

Some (letter) writers have recently taken to making stuff up in order to make Commissioner Court Boice look bad; therefore, it’s a safe bet he’s on the right track. He wants to harvest burned, dead timber.

Has anyone else become bored and put off by the “science shows” crowd, when any of us can go into the forest areas and observe that too often lately what science shows is nowhere to be found? Or, have we forgotten that keen observation, not computer models, is the heart and foundation of genuine science?

Or, has anyone else noticed the disconnect between our local fire agencies encouraging all of us to be firewise around our homes and properties, and the Forest Service leaving thousands of tons of dead, dry kindling within a few miles of our homes, ready to carry the next fire? Fire stupid?

Isn’t it interesting that so many issue like this are today promoted as being very complicated, as if you and I are unable to decide for ourselves on an intelligent course of action; that only those with advanced college degrees producing the studies are capable of telling us how to manage our natural resources?

While there is clearly a public safety side to harvesting much more of our dead timber, there is also the economic side that provides jobs for Curry County families and funds for the services that Curry County provides.

It doesn’t seem real sane to leave burned timber with commercial value as tinder for the next fire when it can be put to good use for the residents of Curry County.

Cam Lynn


Well done

I would like to thank Mayor (Jake) Pieper, Councilmen (Ron) Hedenskog and (Dennis) Triglia, as well as parks Manager Anthony Baron for their attention, fairness and considered decision-making regarding a dispute over the recently-planned, reconfiguration of the city tennis courts.

I could not be happier with the responsiveness and professionalism of our city representatives in this matter. I look forward to presenting an equitable, easy and cheap solution at the next city council meeting, which should satisfy the many Brookings tennis players as well as the growing number of our pickleball-playing friends.

Charles Rattner


Protect watershed

A recent letter to the editor suggested clean water advocates provide no evidence logging after fire damages watersheds.

Just Google “Effects of Postfire Salvage Logging on Aquatic Ecosystems,” a research overview by University of Washington Fisheries Professor James Karr. If you want more evidence, read a book, “Salvage Logging and its Ecological Consequences” by Lindenmayer and Franklin.

According to these and many other experts, post-fire logging — especially when running heavy equipment across steep hillsides — harms water quality, prevents forest regrowth, and even increases future fire hazards.

The well-being of our Chetco River — the source of pure drinking water, fisheries, and recreation — is of utmost importance for local communities far into the future. So what should we do?

With its recent decisions, the Forest Service plans to allow 4,090 acres of area-logging plus hazard tree logging along 250 miles of roads (up to an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 acres). This is on top of roughly 9,455 acres of private lands salvage logging. All that adds up to a substantial area —nearly 40 square miles— to be logged within our Chetco River watershed.

The Forest Service’s current plans include buffer zones on streams, and it’s imperative that these be implemented with care to help protect water quality.

While some continue to call for more logging, I hope the Forest Service and partnering agencies and organizations will prioritize addressing the critical, bigger-picture goals of protecting our communities — with public-safety efforts focused on reducing fire threats near where people live — and of planning for restoration of the Chetco’s watershed.

Ann Vileisis

Port Orford