Letters to the editor for Saturday, April 24: The Second Amendment, immigration and Timber Unity

Letters to the editor for Saturday, April 24: The Second Amendment, immigration and Timber Unity

Call Timber Unity what it is The Register-Guard’s recent article about local lumber shortages provides some good information. However, The R-G quotes the president of Timber Unity and describes it as an “Oregon natural resources worker advocacy group.” More: Timber Unity donates seedlings, cash for mobile tool library in Holiday Farm Fire rebuild effort In fact, Timber Unity is a political organization founded by the timber industry to provide an “astro-turf” populist face to anti-environmental legislation in Oregon. One need only look at its Facebook page and do a short search to find evidence that it does not advocate for natural resource workers and the rural communities in which many of them live but only for the interests of those interested in extracting as much wealth as they can from public resources. Timber Unity is active and often an organizer of protests against climate change legislation but does nothing to protest logging practices that threaten rural water supplies, as discussed in another recent Register-Guard article. Timber Unity has a PAC dedicated to prevent Oregon from limiting climate change and to electing representatives who will do their bidding. It should be characterized by news media as the political influencing, lobbying and money-raising organization that it is. Kimberly O’Brien, Eugene Immigrants revitalize the country It is ironic that Catherine Rampell’s column asked why are we continuing Trump’s xenophobic and bigoted immigration policies, on the same day we read about George Floyd’s killer being held accountable (Register-Guard, April 21). They are related. […]

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