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Readers weigh in on Oregon timber tax, respond to Oregon's Covid cases compared to South Dakota and Florida

Previous timber taxes never paid for what they were designed for

In reference to the My View column written by Regan Fisher in the Feb. 24 issue titled "Time to reconsider timber severance tax".

Does Mr. Fisher know the history of the Oregon's timber severance tax?

This tax was originally established to provide seedling trees to replace the mature trees cut for wood products during World War II. By the 1990s, the Oregon state forestry nurseries were unable to provide an adequate number of properly adapted seedling trees to meet the state's replacement needs and the larger forest products companies had to establish and pay for their own nurseries. When a tax doesn't provide the service it is supposed to, it goes away.

Just because they are big doesn't mean that the large forest product companies should like to pay taxes without getting the services the tax is collected for.

Who has and is destroying the forests of the state of Oregon? The state and federal forest bureaucracies, by not properly managing them. An unproductive field of stumps doesn't make money for a forest products company, but it can provide many good photo ops for Democrat political office holders.

Urban forest experts can't have their cake and eat it too. Either they must shut up and allow the forest product companies to make and spend their profits or else they must like the results of their blowhard Democrat environmental and unionized labor policies.

Don't come crying to my door when the results of the Joe Biden administration are worse than that of the Barack Obama administration.

Lenthal Kaup,

Gervais

Oregon's COVID cases are vastly better than most states

Dear Editor,

John Bonham's reader's letter said, "the states of Florida and South Dakota seem to be following the declaration (Great Barrington Declaration). Is Oregon any better off than they are?"

In states ranked by Covid cases per 100,000 population of all U.S. states, South Dakota is number two in cases with 12,858 per 100,000.

Florida is number 30 in cases with 9,092 per 100,000. Oregon is number 47 in cases with 3,747 per 100,000.

Oregon is better off than Florida and South Dakota.

Patricia Vachter,

Woodburn


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