Tree huggers should live in small towns that depend on timber

That is all we need. Someone who does not understand the timber industry, making decisions over our towns future. I wonder how long state Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has worked in a lumber mill, or cutting timber. How long has she studied the marbled murrelet? Or that her education alone gives her that right?

She is probably good with numbers, but that might be all. Well here is something to think about, Hilary: If you limit any more harvesting of timber, you will close down the only livelihood of this town, which will result in closing down the schools, fire department, ambulance services, in other words, you would murder this town, and other towns in similar situations. So all the tree-huggers from this state can come and make this town and other small towns their personal play grounds.

They do not provide an income; they live in big towns in houses built with lumber harvested in our area, creating environmental laws for us to live by. Just like Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. living in big cities is a lot different than living here.

If those folks are such environmentalist, why not live in these small towns? We, the people that live in these logging towns are the truest environmentalists. Believing that trees are a renewable resource, being harvested to create an income from the production of the harvest. This town used to have a self-sustaining existence before your pipe dream of the spotted owl and the murrelet. Nature takes care of birds; they find other trees to nest in. So get a life, find something better to do with your time.

Johanna Howard


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