Thanks to donor

Today I received a phone call from Coos Curry Electric. I was a little bit concerned because I have been having some financial trouble and had almost lost my power.

The lovely lady on the other end of the line had good news, though. An anonymous person had donated money to them and now I have a $200 credit on my electric account.

I would just like to that that person(s) whomever you are. Not only did you lighten my stress level, you also restored my faith in my fellow man. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless you.

Wendy Ludwick

Brookings

Steelhead petition

There has been a petition written by a small private interest group to change existing fish and wildlife regulations to prohibit the harvest of any wild or unmarked steelhead in all southern Oregon coastal Streams.

This petition has no biological merit, no data and is based solely on emotion. Petitions such as these are divisive by nature and pit fishermen against one another.

Animal rights groups are not walking to sign the Harvey Young petition; they are running to sign it. That’s because if a precedent is set that allows public petitions to alter our fishing and hunting regulations, then groups like PETA, the Animal Liberation Front, the Humane Society and others will be crafting petitions to parade in front of our fish and wildlife commission to continue to enact changes as we’ve never seen before.

Most of us take our fishing and hunting rights for granted. These people take nothing for granted. They are well-organized, well-funded and are passionate about their mission to derail our whole system of fish and wildlife management as we know it.

Do not fall for their smoke and fears petition. Fishermen need to stick together.

Leonard Krug

Brookings

war on trees

Curry County seems to be instigating a war on trees, with public lands in the crosshairs. This spring, the public roadsides were targeted. The berm brush shavers are supposed to focus on removing fire fodder. This year, healthy pines and hardwoods were removed in great numbers.

In some places, several dozens of trees were cut, widening the berms up to more than 3 feet. On one steep slope on U.S. 101 north of 80 Acres Road, I counted more than 20 recently-cut stumps. Some healthy green crowns were left rotting on the hill, along with trunks too big for chipping taken to rot on the opposite side.

Soon the underlying roots will die. We should now expect years of landslides, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands each year to remove rockfalls and debris, and recurrent road repairs.

What does this mean for homeowners? For certain, we will get more road noise from U.S. 101 because of the loss of large trees and beautifying crowns that buffer thenoise. It also means there will be fewer maturing trees to capture the poisonous fossil fuel emissions of trucks and cars. We will spend more on road work, due to the liquefaction from the absence of soil-holding roots.

We need to stop this assault on our forests. They are our most important mitigation against excess carbon emissions, and home to animal and plant life.

Janet Shellman Sherman

Gold Beach

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