Forum, July 5: Proposed rules would damage national forests

Published: 7/4/2019 10:00:13 PM
Modified: 7/4/2019 10:00:03 PM
Proposed rules would damage national forests

The Trump administration just put out a plan that would leave the public with no role in more than 90 percent of the decisions made for our national forests. This is a clear violation of the public trust and of major laws like the National Environmental Policy Act, and it’s designed to ramp up clearcutting and bulldozing of millions of acres in national forests.

These new rules would give President Donald Trump’s Forest Service free rein to increase destructive logging and road building. They would leave citizens with almost no voice in the management of their public lands.

Some of the plan’s worst loopholes would allow bulldozing five miles of logging roads at a time with no public input, logging up to 4,200 acres at a time with no public input and legitimizing illegally created off-road-vehicle routes.

The Forest Service claims these decisions won’t cause any harm, so there’s no need to consider impacts or to check with the public. That’s cynical and false. These public lands are the birthright of all Americans. They shouldn’t be handed over to timber companies to destroy.

Tell the U.S. Forest Service to stop this unlawful plan and protect our national forests. These precious lands give refuge to wildlife, supply clean water to communities and offer recreation to millions of people who seek to experience our wild lands.

We must act now to insist that the Trump administration withdraw this dangerous plan and keep the public’s voice in all forest decisions. Write to the USDA Forest Service,1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250-1111, or call 800-832-1355.

CAROL PERERA WEINGEIST

Hanover

An opportunity to harmonize

A new singing group is being formed in Hanover to sing contemporary arrangements in a cappella close harmony. We seek motivated singers of all genders.

The “VoxStars” will hold two open informational sessions on July 16 and July 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College, 40 College St., Hanover. (It’s the white church behind Baker Library on the Dartmouth campus.)

There’s no need to prepare pieces for these sessions, nor must you be able to read music, though you will receive sheet music when you arrive. We’ll sing some short songs and get to know each other in some fun ways. We will also furnish recorded learning tracks to help you learn your part.

Our near-term goal is for the ensemble to memorize and perform a song at the Lebanon Opera House on Sept. 28 as part of the North Country Chordsmen’s annual show.

For more information, contact Dan Falcone at voxstarharmony@gmail.com. Let’s keep the whole world singing.

BRUCE PACHT

Lebanon

Sen. Shaheen is a trailblazer

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc has declared his candidacy to challenge senior U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., in 2020. In his announcement, he included a thoughtful statement that members of Congress should always set a good example for children. Indeed, I can’t imagine a better role model for New Hampshire’s youth than his opponent, Jeanne Shaheen.

Young women can look to her as a trailblazer. She served as the first female governor of our state from 1997-2003 and became the first female U.S. senator from New Hampshire in 2009, where she continues to serve with energy and distinction. She was one of the lead sponsors of the 2017 Women’s Peace and Security Act, which requires that women be an essential part of peace and security negotiations. All young people can take note of her priority to advance STEM education, particularly, to provide science and technology opportunities for low-income students and children of all ages, including those enrolled in after-school programs.

On issues that have resonated strongly with youths across the country — gun reform, environmental responsibility and LGBTQ rights — Shaheen has been a notable leader. As a current member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, she has modeled how to get things done by working in a bipartisan manner with the Republican committee chairman, Sen. Marco Rubio.

Shaheen’s honesty is in direct contrast to that of President Donald Trump, who never admits to error of any kind, professing to be an authority on everything. Shaheen recognizes that we are always learning and changing as we receive new information and are exposed to more elegant points of view, which is why she is not afraid to change a position.

What an important and powerful role model!

When it comes to setting a good example, Shaheen’s Senate tenure has been exemplary. She deserves our support and another term in office so that she can continue her work on behalf of all people in New Hampshire.

JUDY McCARTHY

Grantham

We are being led to a dark place

According to our Pledge of Allegiance, we are “one Nation under God.” Because we are, how is it that such an evil person was elected and sent to the White House after the 2016 elections?

Donald Trump is indeed an evil person. The treatment given to immigrant families, especially children, engaging in pathological lying about most issues, deeply degrading anyone who does not agree with him, or someone he feels is a threat to his presidency, and threatening Iran and its people with annihilation, are just some of the evils emanating from the Oval Office. When are we going to take off our blinders and recognize these things as coming from a person who seems to be evil to his core? We need to accept this evil for what it is and take strong, swift and deliberate actions to remove this evil from our country. We need to bring this country back from the edge of the very dark place we are being led to by this president

SUE TURNER

Meriden

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