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This week's topics: School donations, logging policies and a depleted U.S. State Department.

Donation pays for

student school supplies

On behalf of the congregation and Mission Committee at Calvin Presbyterian Church, we would like to express our gratitude for the grant from the city of Tigard for $4,950.

This money was used to purchase back packs, calculators and other school supplies so that 155 middle school and high school students in Tigard could have what they needed to start the school year properly equipped.

We are deeply grateful for the support from the city. Thank you.

Melinda Mercer

Lake Oswego

Logging policies are

good for our forests

I take affront to the point that logging is bad for the forest. I have lived in Oregon since 1965 and grew up with logging and sawmills being the largest industry in Oregon. After graduating from an Oregon school I went into the wood product business and have been working in it for close to 40 years.

I have traveled extensively around the Northwest for work and have visited many now-defunct and currently operating sawmills. All of them were and are now reliant on getting a steady stream of timber.

The one thing that has changed is the small vocal minority who have successfully duped the public into believing that logging is bad for Oregon's public lands.

Besides the obvious financial rewards that the cities, counties and state made off of the public forest, and the jobs it created, we had a very sustainable system in place for what is one of the only renewable building products resources the world has today.

More attention was also paid to fire hazards with the increased surveillance of the forest by state and national rangers, which were funded by the timber proceeds. More fire lanes and logging roads gave quicker access and fire breaks to help prevent fires from spreading.

Clear cuts, when replanted after the logging is over, also are a quicker and better way for our Northwest Forest to grow the beautiful coniferous trees we love.

Loggers have been the stewards of our forest since they arrived and started logging over 150 years ago. All the beautiful trees you see now in the gorge and around Mount Hood and even the surrounding urban area have all be cut over at least once. Mysteriously, all to grow again and flourish in our wonderful tree enriched ecosystem we call the Northwest.

To allow our forest to over-grow and create deep underbrush and fallen trees all over the forest floor is not only bad management and lost revenue but a fire hazard that we will see grow, as we experienced during the recent Eagle Creek fires and, sadly, worse ones to come.

It is time for a change and sensible logging of our public resources is good for everyone on many levels.

Paul Brooks

Cedar Mill neighborhood

Portland

World is scarier without

strong U.S. State Dept.

What the heck is going on with the hollowing out of the U.S. State Department? I have heard that 60 percent of the top people there have left and there have been no nominations to replace them.

Our country needs to be a strong leadership presence in the world and we cannot do that without a vibrant State Department.

Kirsten McElligott

Beaverton

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