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April 3, 2014
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Letter: Natural products require natural resources

Grow economy, not lawsuits

It seems that nearly every day we read another article about various “environmental” groups’ plans to sue lumber companies who might dare to log in any of our forests. This kind of leftist blackmail is not confined to our forest lands; ranchers are also constantly faced with losing their grazing rights due to lawsuits to protect real or imagined flowers, frogs and the like.

How long will we allow our economy to be held hostage by these folks? Dollars that should be paying employees and otherwise building up our economy are having to be spent to fight lawsuits! While the money and efforts of the logging companies and ranchers is aimed toward growing the economy, the money and actions of these environmental groups is aimed at preventing economic growth and ultimately destroying much of the agricultural industry in this country.

These are the same folks who only want “natural” products, but don’t want the ranchers to graze their livestock anywhere near water, flowers, frogs, birds ...

They don’t want to be surrounded in their homes with artificial man-made construction materials, but don’t want any trees cut down. There seems to be very little rational reasoning here, just a rabid desire to combat logging, ranching, and other “environmentally dangerous” practices — the backbones of our economy.

Lorrie Harris

Roseburg


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The News-Review Updated May 27, 2014 10:36AM Published Apr 3, 2014 12:56PM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.