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Page 4 - September 19, 2012 From Our Files. Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... plowing through newly planted shrubbery. Phillip L. Cole, resident en- gineer for the Green Peter-Foster dams project, reported this week that the Corps of Engineers has permanently closed and posted the Green Peter reservoir area to shoot- ing firearms at any time. September 20, 1962 September 16, 1987 Gary Hayes, 12, son of Wil-Members of the Sweet Home liam Hayes, was hospitalized for Rescue Squad dived into Foster treatment Of injuries received when Lake Monday to determine if a sub- the bicycle which he was riding merged pickup truck had trapped collided with a pickup.driven by any occupants. Everett Ambrosek, at the intersec- Fortunately it hadn't. tion of Mt. View Road, and Ames Employees of Willamette Creek Road. Industries had noticed the truck Monday. The new landscaping at the A license plate check showed new junior high school grounds that the truck had been stolen Fri- was disturbed at about 8:30 last day from the parking lot near the Wednesday when a car, driven by Foster Dam Road. Melvin Randolf Miner, left 22nd There is no estimate on dam- Avenue, crossing the sidewalk and age yet. s' stake in l gglng as big as S A recent move by Eugene- based Cascadia Wildlands and two other conservation groups to block Oregon counties from intervening in the environmentalists' lawsuit to halt logging on state-owned forests is simply hypocritical. Since The New Era focuses in- tensely on Sweet Home news, we don't generally report all the legal maneuvering that takes place in the world of forestry. We're fortunate to be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of acres of private timber- land that, unlike many other Oregon communities, still produces a fairly steady flow of logs and jobs. Thanks to the dictates handed down by judges and Washington D.C. politicians, who allowed them- selves to be hoodwinked-by legal challenges centering around a reclu- sive owl that scientists didn't - and still don't - know a whole lot about, the Willamette National Forest is a forest fire waiting to happen. But there haven't been a lot of newsworthy changes involving that forestland, though recently we've seen very encouraging develop- ments in the Cool Soda area to in- crease the health of the timberlands. There is also talk of cooperation between various forestry agency and private landowners to tap into the forest's recreation potential for drawing visitors and their dollars. But issues arising from this lawsuit are universal for Oregonians living in timber communities and that's why we're addressing them. Basically, as reported by the Eugene Register-Guard in late Au- gust, Cascadia Wildlands, the Audu- bon Society of Portland and the Oregon branch of the Tucson, Ariz.- based Center for Biological Diver- sity filed a lawsuit last spring alleg- ing that state-authorized logging in Tillamook, Clatsop and Elliott state forests is eliminating old-growth nesting habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet. A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers www.sweethomenews.com Office: 1313 MainSt., Sweet Home, Oregon Mailing address: The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, OR, 97386 Phone: (541) 367-2135 Fax: (541) 367-2137 -. WHO WE ARE Scott Swanson, Editor/Co-Publisher scott@sweethomenews.com Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethomenews.com Chnsty Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Sevems, Advertising Sales firiel@sweethomenews.cora The New Era (USPS 379-100)is published each Wednesday. Periodical postage paid at the Sweet Home, Ore., 97386 Post Office. Postmaster: Please send address changes to The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386 SUBSCRIPTIONS In Linn County: $32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS Call (541) 367-2135 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com The Association of Oregon Counties filed a motion last month to join with other defendants in the environniental groups' suit, which targeted Gov. John Kitzhaber and the state Board of Forestry's plans to accelerate logging in the above- named forests. The suit claims that the logging is eliminating stands of old trees that are known to be mur- relet nesting habitat, thus illegally "taking" the seabird in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act. We aren't arguing with the plaintiffs' right to file their suit, though 20 years later those lawsuits, filed by similar groups, smack more and more of junk science and have left us with largely unmanaged na- tional forests that even environmen- talists are starting to realize are be- coming an extreme fire risk. We appreciate the cooperation that environmental groups have evi- denced in working with local com- munitiesl particularly over the hill in the Sisters area, to thin the forests there. But what we are arguing is that if this nonprofit county associa- tion, funded by county governments across the state to represent their in- terests, has no standing in this fight, neither should the environmentalists who filed the original suit. The reason counties are inter- ested in this is because most of them contain timberlands that are poten- tial sources of income for basic ser- vices and schools. Since counties can't collect property tax from state- or federal govemment-owned tim- berlands, they have to rely on tim- ber harvest for funding from those lands. Of course, with the massive decrease in harvest from publicly owned timberlands, that money has also slowed to a trickle, at best. Thankfully, in early July the Se- cure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 was reauthorized for this federal fiscal year - at 95 percent of the funding counties got in FY 2011. But that community - they lived in urban set- came after a prolonged battle and tings. So, essentially, they are urban the chances that the Secure Rural residents, who, no doubt enjoy and Schools act will be renewed again feel some connection to the forests, and again, given the struggle ittook filing lawsuits to stop people who this time around, are not promising, actually live in them from benefiting So it's not too hard to see why from them and, in many ways, con- the countids believe they have a tributing to the health of the forests stake in this. and the wildlife therein by creating How about the environmental- needed open space in them. ists? Out of curiosity, we did a little If this sounds like a stretch, on-line research to determine the we ask why. If these environmen- most current residences of the staff- tal groups can file lawsuits to serve ers of the organizations that filed their interests, it's hypocritical for this lawsuit in the first place. We them to challenge interest by entities located names of staff and board of that represent the interests of thou- directors listed on their Web sites, sands, if not millions, of rural resi- then searched 0n-line phone direc- dents who have lost jobs, schools, tories to see if we could find them, law enforcement and other services. or listings that we could reasonably once funded by timber. assume were these individuals. And really, that hypocrisy has As it turned out, the vast ma- been one of the reasons why our lo- jority of the ones we were able to cal forests are in the condition they locate did not even live in a rural are today. LETTERS TO Ttlr_. ITOR Right's strategy even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert sounds familiar liars in this world and to all who Editor: .conspire together in the art of ly- What Hitler said about strata- ing. --Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, gem/strategy: "In the big lie there vol. I, ch.10". is always a certain force of credibil- And here's United States Of- ity; because the broad masses of a rice of Strategic Services psycho- nation are always more easily cor- logical profile of Hitler: rupted in the deeper strata of their "His primary rules were: emotional nature than consciously never allow the public to cool off; or voluntarily; and thus in the prim- never admit a fault or wrong; never itive simplicity of their minds they concede that there may be some more readily fall victims to the big good in your enemy; never leave lie than the small lie, since they room for alternatives; never accept themselves often tell small lies in blame; concentrate on one enemy little matters but would be ashamed at a time and blame him for every- to resort to large-scale falsehoods, thing that goes wrong; people will "It would never come into believe a big lie sooner than a little their heads to fabricate colossal one; and if you repeat it frequently untruths, and they would not be, enough people will sooner or later lieve that others could have the believe it." impudence to distort the truth so Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, infamously.Even though the facts Adolf Hitler's Propaganda Min- which prove this to be so may be ister in Nazi Germany said "My brought clearly to their minds, they Party is my church..." will still doubt and waver and will Sounds like the GOP, TP and continue to think that there may be Libertarian's strategies and their some other explanation, deep fanaticism, doesn't it? "For the grossly impudent Diane Daiute lie always leaves traces behind it, Sweet Home