Here are Letters to the Editor for Sept. 29, 2016…
Our forests are more than just places of beauty, habitat for wildlife and shrines to inspire our souls.
They are earth’s way of replenishing its atmosphere so we can thrive as life on this planet.
The delicate balance needed for life—oxygen, nitrogen, a little C02 and argon—must not be disrupted or imbalanced or it will turn our world into Mars.
Local and foreign timber companies are ravaging our beautiful hills, and destroying whole watersheds without any spiritual thankfulness to our area.
Our hills are gradually becoming barren and bigger trees are coming down which protect our forests from forest fires because they don’t burn like the younger ones.
One such company is stunningly labelled a certified green company.
Recently I took a hike up Red Marble Road behind Waitts Lake and came across an example of Dept. of Natural Resources Forest practices. I was appalled and ashamed this devastation was allowed. It is obvious that the DNR has been taken over by timber interests with little care as to how our planet will be able to replenish its oxygen-rich atmosphere.
Eighty percent of Europe’s building supplies are non-wood products. We must encourage timber industries to provide non-wood building supplies as well as insist to the Forest Practices Board they demand sustainable logging practices.
Their number is 360-902-1400. Contact person: Patricia Anderson.
Our quietude and way of building is robbing the very life of our planet’s ability to regenerate oxygen.
Make Voting a Priority
Dear Editor & I hope registered Voter,
Take advantage of your opportunity to make a difference.
And as a citizen of the good old U. S. of A., it’s our responsibility to be a participant in the elections.
Do you like what has been going on? The discussions, and the altitude of some attitudes…It’s hard to sort out the truth—but as a citizen and registered voter, the responsibility is there to try.
The primary ballot had umteen names to sort through for the many positions, with the top two left for the general election ballot.
Did your choice make it to the “general election” ballot? or did you vote?
Some years back a person ran for the Sheriff’s Position (he was well qualified) and thought to win. Guess what? He lost! By just a few votes. Some of his friends were so sure he would win. So they didn’t vote.
He lost by just a very few votes.
The point is, if you like the candidate and think they are qualified then they need your vote, not just in the primary but also in the general election—but make it an educated vote. Do your research. Make it a priority.
Appreciates Help Honoring Veterans
On Saturday, September 17, 2016, the Chewelah Veterans Organizations held a memorial service in honor and remembrance of the veterans of Stevens County who have answered the final call over the past year.
I would like to thank those who helped make this year’s memorial service a success. Mayor Dorothy Knauss, the Chewelah Independent, Joe Trudeau, Ben Frizzell (who performed an exceptionally well done rendition of “Taps”), the Valley Bible Church, and those members of the American Legion, the Legion Riders, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and the Auxiliaries who all helped with the logistics and participated in the ceremony – Thank You! The Memorial could not have been put together successfully without your voluntary assistance and cooperation.
As Chaplain of the VFW Post 2047 it was my pleasure to prepare for and lead the memorial service.