2 Wednesday, October 10, 2018 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon O P I N I O Editorial… The better angels of our nature The temperatures are cooling down and the air is growing crisp — but the political season is heating up and the atmosphere is growing heavy and hot. The Nugget invites and encourages a vig- orous discourse on all the issues facing the Sisters community, Central Oregon and the nation in this election cycle. We request that letters address issues and candidates’ positions and records and refrain from personal attacks either on candidates or their supporters. We strive to publish all letters that meet our standards. However, those addressing local, regional and state issues and races will be given precedence. The national political temper is very raw, and it can easily percolate into local discourse. In these fraught times, Sisters author Larry Len Peterson provides a quote from Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address. Lincoln’s words failed to calm the roiled waters in 1861, but perhaps they will resonate here and now: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affec- tion. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Jim Cornelius Editor in Chief Letters to the Editor… The Nugget welcomes contributions from its readers, which must include the writer’s name, address and phone number. Let- ters to the Editor is an open forum for the community and contains unsolicited opinions not necessarily shared by the Editor. The Nugget reserves the right to edit, omit, respond or ask for a response to letters submitted to the Editor. Letters should be no longer than 300 words. Unpublished items are not acknowledged or returned. The deadline for all letters is noon Monday. To the Editor: Living in Sisters I love how easy it is to get outside; public lands are nearby and opportuni- ties for amazing hikes plentiful. When a day last week dawned smoke-free; skies dark blue, trees touched with the first trace of fall — we naturally set off on a hike. The Black Crater Trail, newly reopened after last year’s burn, was our objective. We found the lower half of the mountain heav- ily charred; stark black snags offering end- less peek-a-boo views of Mount Washington; a monochrome landscape, stunning in its own way. The Forest Service has done a great job of restoring this section of trail; crosscuts have removed fallen snags, the tread has been nicely redone and high quality drainage structures added to prevent erosion. Impressive work. All in all we had a very nice hike. But, it started me thinking about exactly what the new quota-based, limited-entry, permit system pro- posed by the Forest Service will cost. No lon- ger will we be able to spontaneously celebrate a gorgeous morning with a walk on our wilder- ness trails. Permits, accompanied by fees of yet undisclosed amounts, appear likely to soon put an end to such casual unplanned hikes. We saw no crowds on the Black Crater Trail. We saw none of the litter, trash, human waste and toilet paper described by the Forest Service in their documents defending the need for a limited-entry permit system. In fact, what we did see was abandoned cable, hundreds of feet of it, from the old lookout. Why after so many years is this still here? Isn’t a pack-in- pack-out philosophy now the law of the land? An earlier hike up Tam MacArthur Rim yielded the same results — no trash, no gar- bage — though the trail was seriously in need of the efforts of a skilled trail crew. True, these trails are popular and receive a lot of use, but is that so bad? It made me wonder, how do you compare the benefit of reducing use from 120 people on a peak weekend, to say 80, with the cost of denying so many the opportunity to experience these amazing public resources? Will such restrictions really offer a signifi- cant payback in protecting environmental quality and wilderness values? Wouldn’t bet- ter education coupled with much better trail See LETTERS on page 27 Sisters Weather Forecast Courtesy of the National Weather Service, Pendleton, Oregon Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Partly Cloudy Sunny Sunny Sunny Sunny Sunny 56/32 59/32 70/33 58/30 61/34 70/38 The Nugget Newspaper, LLC Website: www.nuggetnews.com 442 E. Main Ave., P.O. Box 698, Sisters, Oregon 97759 Tel: 541-549-9941 | Fax: 541-549-9940 | firstname.lastname@example.org Postmaster: Send address changes to The Nugget Newspaper, P.O. Box 698, Sisters, OR 97759. Third Class Postage Paid at Sisters, Oregon. 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Who is to blame: I put most of the blame on the U.S. Congress who failed to enforce U.S. laws by neglecting to adequately fund border security and immigration courts for decades. They also failed to stop corrupt regimes and help failing economies in South American coun- tries. The vast majority of Mexicans came to the U.S. to find work and live a decent life. It is our own fault that we have so many “Dreamers” in the U.S. now, so we need to find a way to accommodate them. Multiple administrations have failed to deal with this problem head-on in a thoughtful, compassionate way, including the Trump administration. Trump’s zero-tolerance policy is neither thoughtful or com- passionate, and separating children from their parents is cruel and un-American. Secondly, I blame ille- gal drug use in the U.S., which created enormous demand, initially fuel- ing cartels and gangs in Mexico and Colombia and more recently in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. It is our fault that these drug cartels and gangs exist. It is our fault that gangs like MS13 make life unbearable for the residents of these countries. It is our fault that 30,000 Mexicans died in 2017 at the hands of cartels. None of this would have happened if not for the drug users in the U.S. Are immigrants a secu- rity threat? Gang members from MS13 should not be allowed into the U.S. The MS13 members already here are getting away with more crimes and getting stronger since Trump’s deportation policies have made much of the Hispanic population afraid to call police. Anyone who might com- mit a terrorist act should not be allowed into the US. The vast majority of ter- rorist acts are not commit- ted by illegal immigrants, but instead by U.S. citizens influenced by foreign ter- rorist groups. We can start by banning guns from any- one on the “do not fly” list. Congress cannot even do that because the NRA lob- bies against it. Tr u m p c l a i m s t h a t 63,000 people were killed by illegal immigrants since 9/11. According to Snopes, the number of undocu- mented people arrested for murder during this period is more like 8,000. The statis- tics show that illegals have a murder rate almost half of the general population. Are immigrants helpful and even desirable? As the U.S. population ages and birth rates among whites decline, we need new immigrants to fill posi- tions in our economy. As the demographic includes more and more retired people, the U.S. is fac- ing serious deficits in the future that will reduce the funding for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The only way we will meet the employment needs of our growing economy and provide benefits to our growing elderly popula- tion is to have significant immigration. Contrary to what Trump claims, the majority of immigrants from South America do NOT take jobs away from citizens. They do the jobs that no one else wants to do, like picking crops, cleaning hotel rooms and other janitorial work. Without them, we would be hurting. The Trump administration’s policies have already caused seri- ous shortages of crop pick- ers and seasonal fishing workers. We need to start valu- ing immigrants more; after all that’s who built this country. Opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the writer and are not necessarily shared by the Editor or The Nugget Newspaper.