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" : 4': ellb Canyoll 'J'o d| ' 8, 196 Truly Salt of the Earth Dear Editor, I want to say thank you to the editor for publishing my special Mother's Day request even though I was a good "half way'away! I received so many fine letters from many fine folks. Only one letter was criti- cal and preachy. There are always those who can see something wrong simply be- cause they are looking for it. There's only one place for such a letter.., the trash. And a great big special thank you to the couple who sent me six beautiful red roses! I shared two of them with my next-door neighbor. She is alone, too. And so thank you again, Cliff and Sandra. You made not only one, but two people happy. It's people like this couple who are truly the salt of the earth. Weigellia Trook Lebanon, OR Write for Rainforests Dear Editor, The destruction of the tropi- cal rainforests is one of the single biggest problems fac- ing the global environment. Today, the forests of the Brazilian Amazon, and the indigenous peoples who have lived there for thousands of years, face a new threat---one of the most serious for de- cades, Recent legal changes in Brazil threaten to seriously undermine the land rights of Brazilian Indians, and also threaten to undermine the protection of an area of forest amounting to more than 10% of Brazil's total territory. Brazil's indigenous peoples have a long history of being exploited. Only in 1988, in its new democratic constitution, did the Brazilian state finally recognize their rights, mainly through a process of "land demarcation," by which In- dian territories would be staked out and defined in law. The constitution set a target date of full demarcation by 1993. In 1991, former Brazil- ian President Collor signed Decree 22, which set the de- marcation process in motion. Demarcation in Brazil is not only a question of land rights; it is also widely ac- cepted as one of the most effec- tive ways of protecting the rainforests of theAmazon. The Indians have the skills, the knowledge and the incentive to treat their forest home sen- sibly and sustainably. But a bombshell has hit Brazil's indigenous peoples. With more than half of all Indian territories still to be demarcated, Decree 22 has been declared "unconstitu- tional" and overturned by the President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso. It has been replaced by a new law--De- cree 1775--which means that demarcated lands will now be open to challenge from 'pri- vate interests.' Effectively, this means that those with economic interests, such as logging, mining and ranching, will now have the opportunity to overturn de- marcations in the courts, and legally exploit Indian lands. Indigenous organizations in Brazil have called this "the biggest disaster to hit us for decades." President Cardoso has al- I Hells Canyon Journal 145 North Main St. P.O. Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 Phone: (541) 742-7900 Fax: (541) 742-7933 Publisher. Steve BackstromEditor. Pat Garrigus Staff: David Baker, Coco Forte and Donna Higgins Correspondenta: Marjorie Baker, Gus Garrigus, Isla Graven David Light & Sybyl Smith The Hells Canyon Journal is published weekly for $15.00 (Baker County) or $18.00 (other areas) by Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc. 2nd Class postage paid at Halfway, OR 97834. USPS Number: 002-953. Postmaster: Send address changes to Hells Canyon Journal, P.O. Box 646, Halfway, OR 97834. I I III I ready signed Decree 1775, but he is still obliged by his con- stitution to complete the de- marcation process. He has publicly committed himself to doing so, and has promised to try and ensure that no lands already demarcated will be reduced in area. Those who care about the future of the rainforests and the Indians should write to President Cardoso of Brazil, and urge him to immediately revoke Decree 1775, to safeguard the future of Indian lands and the Amazon. rain forests. His address is: President Cardoso Palacio do Planalto, Praca dos tres podcres 70150-900 Brasilia, DF BRASIL A one-page letter takes a 60-cent stamp. Yours sincerely, Melanie Allardale, Detroit, Oregon Can't Get To Halfway Dear Editor, I'm sorry that l haven't been able to get over to Halfway before the primary election. Should I be chosen as the Democrat's" nominee, one of the first things I will do is to come over there. I have been to the Snake River down by Ontario, I have cousins there, but never in your area. Years ago Hells Canyon was a big issue for Dick Neuberger who probably won because of it. As state Young Democratic chairman, I helped elect him. day basis. The Tillamook Flood Relief Control Center is sponsoring a volunteer pro- gram called ADOPT-A- FARM for people interested in helping an individual farmer severely impacted by the flood. Whether you represent a family, church, civic organi- zation, business, school, fra- ternity, or municipal inter- est, your help is needed. Over the next year, farmers will be faced with rebuilding their homes and barns; replacing over 80 miles offence; secur- ing 45,000 tons of hay that was lost or needs to compen- sate for silted pastures; re- seeding up to 8,000 acres of pasture with new grass; con- tracting veterinarians to nurse infected cows back to previous production levels; and removing wood debris from fields. Please take this opportu- nity to ADOPT-A-FARM and make a lasting and helpful impact on an individual farmer in need. Again, your help would be greatly appre- ciated and sincerely accepted. A phone call, a greeting card, small donations, anything will help. Tillamook County Flood Re- lief P.O. Box 833 Tillamook, OR 97141-0883 Phone 503-842-4480 or 1-888- 842-4480 (Editor's note: A call to Bruce Pokarney of the Or- egon Department Agricul- ture confirmed this is a legiti- mate organization.) Sincerely, Vern Cook Gresham Adopt-A-Farm in Tillamook Dear Editor, As you may know, the 1996 flood has left many farms in Tillamook County in need of assistance. Personal homes were severely impacted; cows either drowned or have infec- tion as a result of mastitis and hypothermia from stand- ing in the river torrent; milk production has declined nearly 50 percent from some growers, pasture will remain covered with silt until next year - resulting in forage losses of over 60percent;fences are in disrepair, hay supplies are at a bare minimum, all Moral Ethics Will Make Her A Good Leader Dear Editor, Jarri McClarin is a candi- date for Baker County Com- missioner. In my opinion, Jarri is a qualified candidate for this position. I have know and worked with Jarri dur- ing the past 20 years. The qualification claims in her campaign materials are mod- est and accurate. The train- ing and expertise she will bring to this office will im- prove citizen response to county government. Jarri became a widow at a very young age. She was my secretary during the tragedy. As a single parent, she was forced to reorganize her life. She did this with courage and skill. She is capable of mak- ing decisions and formulat- 'esult'ing in growers ing a plan of action. , ' oarety survwmg on a aay to Jarri s p ast ww'k experi- ence and work record shows her commitment to helping people help themselves. Her sound moral ethics will make her a good leader. Her experi- ence at the courthouse gives her an understanding of what makes Baker County tick. Jarri will bring a unique blend of desirable qualities to our local county government. I encourage you to help elect Jarri McClarin to the posi- tion of Baker County Com- missioner. Sincerely Peter M. (Gus) Markgraf Baker City, Oregon Reject Transfer of Public Lands to Indian Tribes Dear Editor, Voters of Coos County have a unique opportunity to show support for your public land. Coos County Commission- ers are submitting an advi- sory measure for guidance regarding the Coquille Tribe's request for 92 square miles of prime forest land to trans- ferred from BLM manage- ment oversight to trust status under the Bureau of Indian Affairs for their use and ben- efit. Tribal trust lands are exempt from most civil law, including taxation, environ- mental law, right of appeal and fair labor laws. After failing to prevent the measure from going to the voters, the Tribe is spending thousands of dollars to bait the hook of tribal trust con- trol. This does not even con- sider what they are spending to lobby Congress. Senator Hatfield, Rep.. DeFazio and Governor Kitzhaber have cautioned them to enlist local support, without which these official are not supporting a transfer, even though each of them has complimented some features of the scientific study. Unless there is a transfer, the pro- posal is moot. Informed voters realize the seriousness of their choice, for they are choosing on your be- half as welt as their own, knowing that if this timber land does go into trust, other groups will be swift to claim even more public lands for their benefit. Coos County voters need to send a clear message to their Commissioners, the Gover- nor, and Congress, rejecting transfer of your public lands to a sovereign nation. Jean McNctmar' .... 'Nor h B nd: Oregon