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Readers' views for Jan. 28, 2011

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Times change since Jefferson


In the Jan. 14 Capital Press a letter extolled President Thomas Jefferson's early vision of Americas as "a land of yeoman farmers where the federal government confines its reach to the military, ports and federal facilities." The letter then pressed on to state that our national resources are threatened by radical environmentalists "and judicial decree."


Well it's true, Jefferson was a wise and intelligent president but presided over a mere few million citizens. Today 300 million Americans vie for space and resources of every kind; millions of them are gaining a new awareness of our exhaustible resources and expect to have a voice in resource expenditure and allocation. This voice works through the government -- elected officials and the judicial system.


Ranchers that still expect to run livestock in streams, springs and watershed areas with little regard for those downstream or spawning fish are going to eventually be out voiced and outvoted. Those that don't like sharing the world with badgers, bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes, elk, etc., may suffer the same fate.


I believe those who cry "wolf, wolf," the loudest and blame environmentalists for any other changes in this rapidly evolving world, have only the continuation of a self-serving purpose and lifestyle in mind.


As our nation grows ever more populous even greater numbers of people (most not associated with agriculture) will seek out and treasure the wildlife and natural resources and places that remain. As caretakers of large areas of land, we of the land can no longer continue practices that negatively impact our nation's land, wildlife and water resources or create poor images of our operations and businesses as to the way they appear and affect a large segment of the population.


Steve Meacham


Estacada, Ore.




Soros not a 'philanthropist'


The Dec. 24 Capital Press stated that George Soros is involved in a scheme which will damage the American sugar beet industry. The accompanying articles stunningly referred to Soros as a "philanthropist." Really?


Soros was born a Jew in Hungary in 1930 but his father changed their names to sound less Jewish when Germany invaded Hungary. However, they were not hiding. In fact, they worked for the Nazis! George joined the "Judenrat" (Jewish Council) whose function was to confiscate property and deliver summons to other Jews for the prisoner trains. While Adolph Eichmann controlled things in Hungary, George and his father helped round up 440,000 Jews. In a "60 Minutes" interview, Soros had no remorse for delivering those people to their deaths and stealing their property. He even stated in his father's book that "the 10 months of Nazi occupation were the happiest months of his life."


This is the same George Soros ... who fled to London in 1947 to escape blame for war crimes against his fellow Jews; who in 1992 speculated against the British pound, causing it to crash, devastating retirement savings for millions while pocketing $1.1 billion; and, who in 2002, was convicted of lucrative insider trading in France and fined millions.


Now, Soros is in America. He spent millions getting Obama elected, which is now paying off. ...


How can the American sugar beet farmer, or any American farmer, be treated fairly with such rampant corruption present?


Doug Fletcher


Weippe, Idaho



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