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Black Oak a hostage, not political prisoner

Thomas Bonnicksen’s Other Voices column (Dec. 26), while raising a legitimate issue of concern, obscures the origin of the problem and fails to recognize that there is currently a mechanism in place that would allow management activities that would assist in a solution to the decline of Black Oak in the coniferous forest.

I would categorize the Black Oak not as a political prisoner, but rather a hostage in the forest management war between resource-extractive-based management and science-based management. The Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment, signed in January 2001, gives the Forest Service both the direction and the tools needed to begin a process which might aid in the recovery of the forests of the Sierra Nevada. Needed are resource managers committed to implementation of this plan and a sound funding base.



Lacking those two key elements, the multiple problems plaguing our forests, including the decline of Black Oak in the coniferous forest, will continue to grow. Currently we lack both of these key elements.

So get out the placards. Send the cards and letters to Washington and your local forest supervisor. Begin the implementation of a plan now two years into existence.




Jerry Bloom

Nevada City

SUVs come in all shapes and sizes

Once again I read an opinion about SUVs and must laugh out loud. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone who drives a Subaru Forester or similar vehicle complain about those “evil” SUVs. Apparently, they are unaware of what they are saying.

I checked and found well over 30 different SUVs in all shapes and sizes (including the Forester). Many are driven by people who complain about SUVs. Is this another case of using a “buzz word” to glorify their cause, or could it be that all SUVs are bad except for the one they’re driving? I wonder!

Michael Brown

Grass Valley

God’s originals are better than clones

I heard about clones on the radio and TV news. I felt the idea was not a good idea. Because God made us different. If we have clones they will be the same, and it would be disrespectful to God. Part of what makes us special is being different. If we make clones, they will be the same and we would not be unique.

Human life is very special. Just because we have the power to clone humans doesn’t mean we should use it. I worry that scientists cannot do as good a job of copying humans as God does when making the originals.

Annie Creasey

9 1/2 years old

Nevada City


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