Another reader says government should have managed state forests more aggressively
Thanks so much for bringing back the page from the past. I thought you had discontinued it for a while, but was so glad to see it again in the Dec. 28 edition.
What a marvelous thing the Woodburn merchants did in the 'olden days' to sponsor the annual First Baby of the Year Contest. I was reading the rules and list of donations — talk about getting "Woodburn Together!"
I was remembering all those stores, restaurants, banks, service stations. But the most touching prize was at bottom of the list: a donation of a toy tractor from my dad, the Kilian W. Smith Implement Co. (The Implement business was located on Arthur Street, now home to the food bank, and the lot across the street where my dad had the used equipment yard is now a city parking lot.)
Government should have managed state forests more aggressively
Is it necessary for the legislature to raise taxes by millions of dollars this year? I say no. All that is necessary is to eliminate the waste and mismanagement in the operation of state government.
Last year the Elliott State Forest lost $27 million because of court settlements agreed to by state forestry officials and out-of-state environmental lawyers.
State forestry officials, if they had aggressively managed this forest, could have made more money than they are now losing for State of Oregon school districts.
They could also have far superior big and small game animals hunting experience, quality camping sites, hiking trails, quality fresh water fishing areas and spawning streams for salmon and steelhead runs.
This will only require legislative and gubernatorial approval and aggressive presentation of the state of Oregon's interests.
The same could also be done with the Clatsop forest with millions of dollars more income for Oregon state school districts.
Not to mention the millions of yards of recoverable agate in the beds of Oregon's navigable rivers as the Oregon Constitution lays out for the public schools of Oregon.
This last pot of money may be a little difficult for the Legislature to approve because certain Salem special interest groups that have large Democrat election campaign funds in their pockets and access to a certain Rolodex may be adversely affected.