Letters to the Editor for April 25

Check out JBS

What is the John Birch Society? Millions of Americans have asked this question since the founding of the organization in 1958. Yet many are unable accurately describe or understand the mission of the JBS.

You are invited to get to know more about the John Birch Society by attending a local open house in Hood River. A representative from the JBS will present the goals, the agenda, and the plan to restore limited government under the Constitution.

If you are concerned about the direction of America, please attend to find out what you can do. Be sure to bring a friend.

The program will be held Wednesday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Thompson residence, 930 Makena Lane in Hood River.

For more information contact Charles Beck at 360-359-8180 or theotherthompons@gmail.com.

Charles Beck

Lacey, Wash.

Investigate timber sale

Five times I visited the Jazz Timber Sale. The area is geologically unstable, yet repairing itself along 12 miles of roads. The forest service will repave these roads that cross nine streams, compact wet soils with heavy machinery, and allow an international logging giant with a poor record to log despite public outrage regarding the sale.

Most alarming, I have cross-checked Forest Service maps dealing with road systems in the Collowash that will be used for the timber sale.

Multiple roads either do not exist or are touted as functional roads, when it is impossible any vehicle can get through them. The USFS is either inept or lying. I am not sure which is more upsetting. I have video and photos of these “roads” that are available.

I want to see the media address these questions: Why has the forest service, under Lisa Northrup, stopped working with Bark, the public agency whose volunteers put in over 700 hours of analyzing and monitoring the Jazz Timber Sale? Why is the Forest Service ignoring public input and disregarding the procedural steps of NEPA? How can the forest service rely on Best Management Practices, when both their investigation and Bark’s showed that a fraction of timber sales are checked for BMPs and none of those followed the guidelines?

Perhaps there are real answers to what seems to be agency ineptitude and corruption. But unless the media or some other sources dive into these questions, the public who has visited the timber sale area is left with those impressions.

Please investigate and cover this story so that we can know how our public lands are being managed.

Elias Kohn



I kind of doubt that you will print this — but you should. It is a very compelling call to action on the global warming front from freelance journalist and climate activist Wen Stephenson, a former editor at The Atlantic and The Boston Globe. If this doesn’t get our attention, I can’t imagine anything that would.

“You want extreme? Business as usual is extreme. Just ask a climate scientist. The building is burning. The innocents — the poor, the oppressed, the children, your own children — are inside. And the American petro state is spraying fuel, not water, on the flames. That’s more than extreme. It’s homicidal. It’s psychopathic. It’s (expletive) insane.”

Russ Hurlbert


Support Nystrom

In regard to the April 19 article in the Hood River News, “We Can Get This Done,” it would be well to remember that at the center of public education are students, parents and teachers, not questionable metrics and untested proposals.

The legislature and the school board have an obligation to make decisions based on good policy and good practice. That has not always been the case. Thanks to voter-supported funding we have barely survived eight years of cuts.

It seems to me, that we have not been well represented by Mark Johnson in House District 52, despite his election season claims. This fall, we will have an opportunity to consider Mr. Johnson’s record and his claims.

As a parent, teacher and voter, I hope we will welcome and support Stephanie Nystrom to provide new leadership and support for our community.

Mark Reynolds

Hood River

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