Protect our forests
More than 65 million acres of national forest lands are in need of treatment due to poor forest health associated with insects, disease, a century of fire suppression and the resulting build-up of hazardous fuels. We witnessed the disastrous results of our current forest policies this summer when more than 9 million acres burned and federal wildfire suppression budgets were exhausted.
On July 9, the U.S. House approved H.R. 2647 to give federal agencies policy and legal tools to make federal forests less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire, insects and disease while putting more Americans back to work. It will expedite critical forest health projects, speed post-fire recovery efforts and fix wildfire funding.
I hope our senators will act on this legislation or pass their own meaningful legislation. Any effort to fix wildfire suppression funding must include reasonable forest management reforms that address bureaucratic analysis paralysis and obstructionist lawsuits. I urge our senators to support legislation to address the threats facing our forests and communities.
An inappropriate message
In the high school sports section of the Nov. 5 Review was an advertisement on how to make a Black and Tan (beer). It appears the editors did not understand the magnitude of what the coach, principal and administration at Lake Oswego High School were attempting to instill in our students about alcohol.
For a community newspaper, you missed the bullseye on support, and it is not the first time an advertisement around bars or alcohol have appeared in these pages.
Editors Note: Thanks for your letter, Scott. Weve looked at the ad, which is not a recipe for a black and tan but is instead a recipe for tragedy. Note some of the ingredients: a 10-hour day, a tired worker. And the last line: Add 1 totaled vehicle. Its a public service announcement about the perils of drinking and driving an appropriate message for those pages, we believe.
Listen. Can you hear that plaintive sound coming down from the hills? Stafford leaders are sending out an S.O.S.! The Hamlet, with its magnificent rolling hills, large skies, legacy farms and historic barns, needs our help.
Who calls the Hamlet home beside the two-legged ones? Ive seen them: hawk, heron, vole, salamander, flicker, mourning dove and doe. But this is not only about animals who need their place to be what they are; this is about the very nature of the place and our relation to it. Will we step up to protect it?
The question is this: Is there a path to preserve the Hamlets rural legacy? The answer is a clear, insistent, immediate Yes. It must be done now, and the way was charted by those who hold the voting rights in the Hamlet. It is called the Stafford Compromise.
This achievable solution preserves the rural legacy of most of Stafford, while allowing a business commercial zone like Kruse Way in the Borland area. Over 85 percent of Stafford Hamlet residents have approved the compromise, but time is running short, since Metros council may soon rule on the matter.
The wrong ruling will fate our Stafford brothers and sisters to prolonged and painful uncertainty regarding their Hamlets future, to a perpetual fight to prevent the complete urbanization of this rural refuge. Stafford is a precious but fragile gem. Lets protect it, and keep surrounding cities from being forced to subsidize the cost to develop its infrastructure!
You can help protect Stafford by writing the Metro council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Say you want Metro to honor the self-determination of Stafford residents by adopting the very workable Stafford Compromise. Say why protecting it matters to you. Speak in solidarity with the voters, but more importantly, speak for those who have no voice. And speak for the hills.
Heres what community members are talking about online. Join the conversation at facebook.com/LakeOswegoReview or lakeoswegoreview.com:
(State Supreme Court denies Wizer Block appeal, Nov. 19): These appeals are certainly a demonstration of democracy in action, but sometimes the exercise of democracy is either bull-headed or ill-advised.
Lets move on, LO citizens, and embrace what will be a beautiful addition to our downtown.
Im certain the final result will be much nicer to the eye than an old, tired-looking building.
` Kimberly Roy Barner
Our once-lovely community is becoming Beaverton.
And, so the saga ends...
Erin ORourke MeadorsJW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT