Tax measures will affect everyone
To the editor:
I have lived in Oregon and Idaho my whole life. I, like most loving
parents, want my kids to have the best education, experiences and
opportunities. I also recognize that money is a major contributor to
these experiences. It seems to me, though, that we are trying to a fix
a long-term problem with a short-term solution.
The long-term problem, simply stated, is poor fiscal management in our state capital.
The short-term fix with damaging effects would be a tax increase. I
work in a small business that will have gross sales over the $250,000
mark which will make us eligible for the new taxes. The trouble is we
make nowhere near that much; by the time I have paid employees,
utilities, insurance, and all the other costs it is plausible that if
we had another year like last year our company might not be able to
cover the new taxes.
Roads aren’t the real forest problem
To the editor:
The recent letter, “Forest has too many roads now,” is baloney and
supported by false assumptions and personal opinions, not based on any
facts. The letter states that the reason for the decline in elk numbers
is too many roads. The true reason is too many predators. This is a
proven fact support by a recent study revealed in the La Grande
Observer and partially done by ODFW.
ODFW claims there are 5,700 or more cougars in Oregon. The study shows
that as few as 25 percent of elk calves survive due to predators. It’s
the do-gooder environmentalists that are killing the elk by supporting
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