Don't be quick to judge others until sharing their experience

In response to andquot;Politely send homeless not our own down the road,andquot; (Feb.10) the letter's author is being very judgmental. I work for an agency that provides services to people in the community, and I strongly believe in everything we do. Yes, we offer several different services that are intended to help people in need because they may not have family or friends to ask for help from. I take pride in the fact that I work for and with people who have hearts and concern for our community and the people within our community.

There is a saying that you should walk a mile in someone else's shoes to understand them, and maybe the letter's author should take that to heart and take a good look at herself. She should put yourself in an unforeseen situation, then ask if she should be judged. Things happen in life that are sometimes out of our control; we don't ask or choose it. At any given time this could be any one of us, so please don't be so quick to judge others.

Casey Stratton

Crescent City


Listen to one World War II veteran about value of war

A recent letter (andquot;Surge in Iraq is necessary,andquot; Jan. 17) supporting more troops in Iraq and condemning a previously printed letter that had taken an opposing view (i.e. that the war was pre-emptive and illegal) was interesting reading. My understanding of the pro-war letter was that the Clinton administration had not taken preventive action against Saddam Hussein and thus the Bush administration had no choice but to go to war.

Yet, to me, the most interesting part of the pro-war letter was the writer's andquot;surgeandquot; comparison to World War II, in particular the Battle of the Bulge and the Pacific. The pro-war writer went on to question the anti-war writer's grasp of history. Ironically, the pro-war writer had touched on the very piece of history that helped shape one man's philosophy pertaining to war and peace, a man that even the current administration would find hard to call unpatriotic or a cut and run/coward, and should provide clarity to anyone, including the pro-war writer, who appears to be in favor of preventive wars.

World War II is a large part of America's history and the ones who were there and shaped those times should, I think as apparently does the pro-war writer, be remembered. Lessons that were learned then about war should not be ignored.

The man alluded to above and whose articulated thoughts are as important today as they were more than 50 years ago and who certainly had intimate knowledge of the andquot;Battle of the Bulgeandquot; and whose words should, I believe, not be ignored, had this to say: andquot;When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.andquot;

The man who said that was President (Gen.) Dwight David Eisenhower. Something to think about.

Bill Jacobs

Crescent City


Hydroelectric energy does contribute to global warming

In andquot;PacifiCorp willing to build fish laddersandquot; (Feb 10), the point was made that the Klamath project is an andquot;emission-freeandquot; source of water and energy that does not release greenhouse gases. While I cannot directly speak to whether or not this is true for the Klamath project, and it is true that the actual production of hydroelectric power may be emission-free, I would like to point out that scientific studies have shown that the reservoirs behind dams can in fact can be significant producers of greenhouse gases.

Whereas the combustion of fossil fuels and natural gas in thermoelectric power plants yields primarily carbon dioxide, aerobic and anaerobic decomposition of organic matter in reservoirs produce carbon dioxide as well as methane - another, more andquot;greenhouse effectiveandquot; gas. Furthermore, reservoirs have a limited life expectancy, and when drained, gases released from flooded biomass can also contribute to the release of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

Another important consideration is the loss of forest area flooded by the filling of reservoirs or the clearing of land for new development spurred to the new availability of power, both of which further reduces the potential for carbon dioxide sequestration.

Hydroelectric power and water withdrawal reservoirs are in fact not completely andquot;green,andquot; emission-free sources of power and water. Reservoirs actually can be a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, although this certainly is not always the case. The biogeochemical cycles governing the release of greenhouse gases from reservoirs are complex, and on-going research continues to elucidate the mechanisms involved in reservoir greenhouse gas emissions.

James Norman

Rep. Mike Thompson's office

Washington, D.C.



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