The editorial cartoon in the Oct. 30 issue of the Woodburn Independent contained several factual inaccuracies.
First, the Oregon forest-dependent counties are not a bunch of bawling crybabies; more likely if you met them, you would find that they are old woods bears, well able to take care of themselves in any scrape that comes by (I would advise the cartoonist to leave town quickly).
Their beef is with that lying scoundrel Bill Clinton and his council of incompetent forest experts who have conned Portland-area Democrat political hack welfare queens into believing that good forest management, like what was being carried out by the good old boys who ran things before Bill Clinton and the environmentalist extremist group came stumbling into the arena in 1993, can only be performed by high-paid federal forest experts.
Now look at what their high-paid forest experts have accomplished. They have padlocked the forest gates to prevent the harvest of the ripe trees that need to be harvested and replaced with new, young trees. Their forestry experts have destroyed a fine network of forest roads that allowed good forest management that also produced the recreational opportunities, good wildlife habitat, and clean potable water for everybody to use, and the quick and effective suppression of wildland fires. With the forest roads gone, the only way that this work can be done is for the crews to walk in and do the work by hand instead of using modern power equipment — a costly and slow process — or to put on an expensive and ineffective air show after the fire has got away from human control.
I would like to remind the Portland-area Democrat party hack welfare queens that your welfare checks, section 8 housing vouchers and food stamp allowances all depend upon the congressional appropriation to be passed by the rats in the Washington D.C. swamp if they so desire.
I say to the urban resident of the Portland metro area, you too would be plenty unhappy if an out of town scoundrel under cover of the law had taken the fruits of your younger years' labor and burned them up to please his wealthy friends in another town, and you are now being told to like it.
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