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Letters to the Editor for Jan. 3, 2018

Published on January 2, 2018 4:33PM

Look up ‘compassion’

Since October 2016 I have lived permanently in Ocean Park where we have had a summer house since 1962. I am appalled for the lack of sympathy by some of Ocean Park’s residents. A recent letter writer should look up the word compassion in the dictionary. I wish he would apply for a job at the oyster farm in Nahcotta. His help would be very desired. The pay is almost $12 per hour. Also, I would like to thank Observer columnist Sydney Stevens for caring.

Thank you so much. Keep up the good work and a Happy 2018.

Bertel Smith

Ocean Park

Utilize damaged trees

Evidence indicates that over the years wildfires have become larger and more intense. But, there seems to be no consensus as to why. The finger of blame seems to point in many directions. Some have provided evidence, they claim, that shows firefighting practices over the past 100 years are responsible. Others claim that past logging practices should be blamed. Still others would have you believe that the removal of forest roads have thwarted timely fire suppression efforts. Then there have been lawsuits restricting what professional forest managers believe to be best management practices. Of course, there is the case for climate change.

It may be that we may never know who or what is responsible. Maybe all of them have had an impact. But, that is not my present concern. What are we going to do with the dead and dying trees? The day the tree dies agents of biological decomposition begin. We know these trees have economic value for a short period of time. For some species this time is only a few months while for other species this period of time might be a few years. Even though loggers don’t like working in the dirty conditions, they should have started removing these trees the day the fire was out.

The lumber could be used to provide building materials needed to stimulate our economy. This would provide employment in parts of our state where unemployment is lagging behind our cities. At the same time it would generate funding for local schools, roads and county government. Logging would also remove the dead trees that often create damaging environmental conditions in a re-burn.

In the past we have seen misguided organizations filing lawsuits to stop or delay logging in these fire areas. Hopefully they have seen the errors in their ways and are willing to work with the locals for the greater good. They might even discover that many of their goals are also goals of the locals.

Carlisle Harrison

Hermiston, Ore.


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