Israel has done its part to help Haiti; Proposed dam removal bad for environment; Keep trash away from wild animals; No place for profit in U.S. health care

Dam proposal bad for the environment

The Klamath Basin Dam removal agreement is bad for the environment. Why?

The Klamath River "Restoration" Agreement/Klamath Dam Removal Agreement (which are really one agreement) has three problems:

1. It doesn't guarantee dam removal.

2. The dam removal agreement is tied to the continued destructive, incompatible farming of wildlife habitat on our national wildlife refuge.

3. It does not guarantee enough water for Klamath River fish — thus increasing the changes of additional, large fish kills due to insufficient flows.

The very likely outcome 20 years from now is that no dams will have been removed, that the Lower Klamath Basin and Tule Lake National Wildlife refuges will continue to allow destructive, incompatible farming and that the final destruction of threatened Klamath River salmon runs will have occurred. Added to that are the public subsidies of the dam's owner, Pacificorp, which will only add to its bottom line.

Simply put, the Klamath Basin "Restoration" Agreement and Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement will not restore the Klamath Basin wildlife refuges, does not guarantee dam removal and will likely lead to the final destruction of wild Klamath River salmon.

Tom Dimitre

Ashland

Keep trash away from wild animals

To my fellow citizens of the city of Ashland: If you live on the southern side of Siskyou Boulevard and, in particular, close to the forest, please read on.

I was recently hiking along a trail in our watershed, no more than a mile from town, when I came across someone's litter. Unfortunately, some bikers and hikers drop their trash, unintentionally or not, while in the woods. I bent over to pick up the trash, noticing there were both scraps of plastic and tin metal, and saw that it was nestled along side berry pits and small pieces of plants. The trash had been digested by a black bear.

Please ensure that your trash is not accessible to bears and raccoons! This way we can reduce the level of human or pet encounters with these animals and also protect these wild animals, for they have been here much longer than our species.

Here are some easy tips:

Keep garbage in a secured shed or garage until pick-up day. Don't stockpile or bury garbage. Never leave fish or meat remains outside or in your compost. Instead, put them in your freezer or in a cool place until garbage day. Cooking oil, grease and dairy products should never be left outside or put in your compost.

Noah Sohl

Ashland

Israel has done its part to help Haiti

With the latest disaster in Haiti, Israel was recognized for her "disproportionate response." The Israeli Defense Forces were among the first responders to arrive in Haiti and the first to set up a high-tech field hospital that treated hundreds of patients daily with a team of 220 Israeli medical personnel; doctors, nurses, lab and x-ray technicians and even a psychiatrist and supplies for the first mobile hospital, including a pharmacy, a surgical unit, and a maternity ward.

The U.S pledged $100 million, sent supplies and personnel. The U.K. pledged $10 million and sent 64 firemen and 8 volunteers. China, with a population of 1,325,639,982 compared to Israel's 7.5 million, sent 50 rescuers and seven journalists. The 25 Arab League nations sent nothing.

Mati Goldstein, head of Israel's ZAKA International Rescue Unit delegation in Haiti (made up of orthodox volunteers), said that his team had continued to work throughout the Sabbath, digging in the rubble to retrieve earthquake victims who were buried alive beneath collapsed buildings. "We did everything to save lives, despite Shabbat. We are desecrating Shabbat with pride," he said.

Since statehood in 1948 Israel has sent humanitarian aid to over 140 countries, even to those who do not have diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. In 2007 Israel granted asylum to 500 Darfur refugees and donated $5 million to the victims of These acts of humanity show Israel's commitment to saving lives, which is inconsistent with the accusations aimed at her.

Yuval Zonnenschein

Wilderness Charter School student

Ashland

No place for profit in U.S. health care

There should be no profit in health care. If you want to know the facts, read "Critical Condition" by Donald Bartlett and James Steele. The facts are damning. Listen to the nurses. They see first-hand the daily the needs of the American people.

Lyn Levin

Ashland

Letter on newsstand removal was right on

Thank God there are still some intelligent people left here. Leah Ireland is absolutely right about the removal of the newsstands. Our paper has shrunk to three pages and one of those is the funnies. TV has become amusement for idiots, our school system is going down, a huge portion of our people cannot afford medical care ... what happened to America? I was always so proud of this country but I am convinced it is being destroyed from within.

And by the way Chris Honoré should be on the editorial page.

Lydia Dresnek

Ashland