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Fed Up About Roads

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Don’t Blame the IRS

I have not heard much about the reason for the IRS getting itself entangled with the scrutiny of certain conservative 501(c) groups (not for profit) seeking tax exemption. Groups seeking tax relief must be organizations that are operated “primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterment and social improvements.”


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Letters 7/4/02

Various - July 4th, 2002
The Rolling Stones: Not Fade Away

I guess, as we age, we listen and take most of what we hear and read as a comfortable way of a new thought. I was one of the Era of the Stones. In that time they were the fun group, but not -- no not ever the top (re: What a Drag It Is Getting Old, Express 6/27).
I can‘t knock them for still rocking as old men. I see them as doing their trade, working the stage and having fun.
We all go to a point where we can‘t go any further. Performers have it much more difficult. Why laugh at them because they aren‘t what they were? Inside, they are still the same persons. Performing artists do peak, and then fade.
Who cares who they are in private? Why find fault in a person of former talent who tries again to perform in later years?
Age allows us to go on to our last performance.
Sarcasm is an unneeded way of looking at the history of the Stones. I don‘t beat them up for who they are or were. I question if the author of the article, Nick Gillespie, is of the age that enjoyed the Stones. In my time they were a pop band, as The Beatles. I liked Procal Harem, The Chambers Bros. and Pink Floyd.
Maybe old rock is dead. Would I be in tune to say old reggae is dead and therefore no one listens to Bob Marley or his childhood pal, Bunny Livingston?
The article to me was sad. Sure, music as rock goes on. But the clown that wrote the Stones article smashed Elton John as a queen and Eric Clapton as an ex-smackhead in his total illusion of an era of good time rock & roll -- spouting pure prejudice in a newsprint I enjoy.
I leave it to the reader. As Marley sang, “Judge not.“
John Colvin • TC

Media & Money

No wise or indisputable necessary course of action to defend culture, society and/or human worth was presented by Norman Solomon in his article published in the June 27th Northern Express Weekly (“The Money Media“).
I often find it discouraging to read such articles; entrenching the reader into becoming captivated with the dialogue, only to make it to the last paragraph and be forced to ponder a query.
In light of my reader‘s frustration, and his reiteration of Vance Packard‘s deep concern, I am going to address a plausible answer to the question. (which was, “By encouraging people constantly to pursue the emblems of success, and by causing them to equate possessions with status, what are we doing to their emotions and their sense of values?“)
To carefully study the obvious effectiveness of media conveying to people a message of, “pursuit of the emblems of success... causing them to equate possessions with status,“ and to dichotomously validate, with the aftermentioned “emotion and sense of values,“ the free enterprise system itself, merely through language crafting, is precisely Norman Solomon‘s complaint.
For eventually, through seriously looking at global overpopulation, hopefully, our democracy will revolutionize the plutocratic and oligarchic approach that Mr. Solomon describes, with a course of action wise enough to allow a greater equality within cultures and societies. Human worth, emotion, and sense of values lie there within.
Layman‘s terms: knowledge is power, just as people are human, and to find a balance between, and with, human worth and money is futile at best, unless “the non-existent peons of labor...“
Duane Fox • TC

Getting Burned

The problem with Western national forests, logging industry representatives tell us, is that severe forest fires are burning because our forests have been left unmanaged and that environmentalists are holding up much-needed treatments designed to reduce wildfire risks.
Logging advocates conveniently propose to remedy this mismanagement with a massive commercial “thinning“ program across tens of millions of acres of federal lands, ostensibly to protect both forests and nearby homes from severe forest fires.
Unfortunately, there are number of massive logging proposals, disguised as hazardous fuels treatments, that have put environmentalists at odds with the Forest Service. Nearly all of these proposals focus primarily on the removal of mature and old-growth trees. These proposals continue even with overwhelming evidence that commercial logging is more of a problem than a solution.
Ironically, this very type of logging, experts inform us, is likely to increase, not decrease, the frequency and severity of wildland fires.
In the Forest Service‘s own National Fire Plan, agency scientists warned against the use of commercial logging to address fire management. The report found that “the removal of large, merchantable trees from forests does not reduce fire risk and may, in fact, increase such risk.“
Commercial thinning operations leave behind dry twigs and limbs, cause rapid growth of flammable shrubs and weeds, and reduce forest canopy closure, creating hotter, drier conditions on the ground.
Likewise, the Forest Service‘s proposals to do intensive logging deep into the forest -- far from any home -- is likely to put homes at greater risk of burning.
What environmentalists are hoping to do is bring some common sense back to fuel reduction treatments by redirecting the Forest Service‘s energies and resources to where the treatments will do the most good: immediately adjacent to homes and within communities in the wildland-urban interface.
The fact is that forests burn. In most cases, larger wildfires can‘t be stopped by human intervention, even where areas have been treated, because the primary factors that drive a fire are lack of moisture, heat, wind and weather. However, fire researchers have shown us that we can protect our homes and communities by establishing “defensible space.“
Fire is an essential, natural and necessary part of forest ecology. Many species of trees can only reproduce after fires occur. Wildland fires burn underbrush and return important nutrients to the soil.
In the end, we as a society must decide whom we trust more to implement fire management on our national forest system: logging advocates or scientists.
We can end commercial logging on our national forests and shift to true, science-based ecological restoration, as HR1494, the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act, would do.
Or, we can continue to allow misguided logging advocates to destroy ecosystems and increase severe fires on federal lands -- all at
taxpayer expense.
The choice is ours.

René Voss • Public Policy Director , John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute.





 
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