Keep it unspoiled

The week before the fire kicked up, my wife and I hiked to Vulcan Lake. The spot was beautiful and serene except for the little piles of tissue under every other bush along the lakeshore. That’s pretty much the story on every trail I take.

No doubt it is necessary to relieve yourself sometimes when you are on a hike, but you don’t have to leave the evidence behind to spoil the scene for others. Maybe you would rather not litter the forest and meadows with your dirty tissues, but you don’t know what else to do with them.

Here’s a suggestion. Years ago, my wife started carrying a Ziplock sandwich bag on hikes. She puts her used tissues in the bag, seals it, and carries it out in a pocket or backpack. Since the bags seal securely, there is no mess. If you don’t trust a single bag to do the job, you can always double bag it; put the sandwich bag in a larger Ziplock bag for an extra layer of protection.

It’s a very simple way to keep nature looking natural. I hope this idea will inspire some of you to do the same.

If you like the idea, please pass it on to your friends. Thanks for helping keep our outdoors clean and unspoiled so that we can all enjoy it!

Charley Kahler


Forests, logging, fires

Whilst the powers that be inflame the friction between environmentalists and the logging industry, it is important to draw attention to an article on the Independent Jefferson Radio website (9-15-17), that cited a study on forest density by the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute. It concluded that the forests with the least logging burned with the least intensity, while forests with the most logging burned with the most intensity.

Jackie Lutke


Fix the fire situation

This is in response to Rep. David Brock Smith’s recent rant in the Sept. 18 edition of the Curry Coastal Pilot about his solution to the drastic fire situation in Oregon.

He suggested forming a “new committee” or “task force” to study the cause and come up with a solution to Oregon’s many devastating forest fires.

A politician’s answer to every problem is to “form a committee” to study, but not fix.

There is a solution.

Return to the days of selective thinning of our forests and replanting by the responsible timber/logging industry, which would employ many and help our communities regain financial health. The spotted owl will be smart enough to move instead of getting its feathers burned.

Most of the dire things Rep. David Brock Smith outlined in his article would be eliminated if the government bureaucrats in Salem would return the former logging industry to Oregon instead of forming a new, useless, expensive committee.

If the choice is between the spotted owl and burning someone’s house down, I know my vote would be to use the abundant timber to help, instead of waste it through the massive destruction and expense of yearly raging forest fires.

Bob Thain

Gold Beach

Different fire policies

The “Chetco Effect” caused fire to jump fire breaks Labor Day. Without cooler weather, the fire could have come back across the Chetco River and threatened Brookings. Firefighters have won the hearts of Curry County residents.

Forestry managers are split as to the current policy of “Let it burn.”

In 1935, the Forest Service established the policy every fire should be suppressed by 10 a.m., the day following discovery. Annual forest fires were reduced from 30 to 3 million acres in the 1930s.

In 1978, a new policy was to let naturally-caused fires burn themselves out in wilderness areas, allowing nature to clean the forest. Consequently, containing mega-fires now cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

More than five million acres burned in 2016, causing volumes of unhealthy smoke.

Many believe left- wing green organizations who worship Gaia, or Mother Earth, are at the heart of the ludicrous position to let wilderness fires get out of control. The Forest Service uses circular reasoning when it claims, “It’s too dangerous to send fire fighters into rugged remote areas.”

Wilderness areas are dangerous because lookout towers, fire equipment and mining roads have been removed. Robert Marshall, a lifetime Marxist, was the major proponent of roadless wilderness. The core issue is one of worldview. The Judeo-Christian tradition is man’s dominion over nature. The pagan concept is man is merely an animal who evolved by chance.

Without proper forest management, the trees, animals, towns and lives are lost. Green organizations want to double down and create wilderness corridors for animal migration across the U.S.

When policy needs review, some with the Forest Services discourage criticism. Fortunately, God answered our prayers for weather change and early rain.

Steve Johnston

Winchuck River

Attire to inspire

It amazes me how giving our community is and can be.

This year’s “Attire to Inspire” event was a huge success. For the last six years CASA of Curry County, Rogue Credit Union, and Curry County residents (Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford) have partnered to provide brand-new school clothing for every foster child attending school from age 3 to18.

Similar to the Giving Tree at Christmas time, four wooden school lockers were dispersed in Rogue Credit Unions throughout the county with 53 tags hanging in them. These tags identified the children’s sizes, favorite colors, and any special requests. I am excited to say that every one of those tags was filled.

“It takes a village to raise a child” is so true and I am glad to say that I live in such a “village.”

I want to thank Rogue Credit Union and the Curry County residents for being huge supporters of CASA of Curry County. If you are interested in volunteering, or if unable to volunteer but can offer support in a monetary sense, CASA needs and appreciates both.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are trained to discover what is in the best interest of the foster child and to diligently pursue positive outcomes until each child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

For more information about CASA come see me at the Bell and Whistle Coffee Shop for “Coffee with CASA” on Sept. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m., or call 541-698-8086.

Mona Chandler,

Program Director

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