The Enemy Among Us Or The Enemy Within?

“It is easier to love mankind as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.”—Eric Hoffer

Two years ago I was at Shasta Lake, waiting on a dock with some time to kill when I met a woman from Klamath Falls. Since we were both away from home, our conversation soon turned to Oregon and the old growth timber debate between the environmentalists and the industrialists. Continue reading

Trash Talk

“The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the hearts and minds of the people… This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.” –John Adams,  Letter to Hezekiah Niles, February 13, 1818

I was up at the dump a while back—the same place that I’ve been hauling our household trash to for twenty-two years now—and I got to thinking about the changes our little Southern Oregon timber town has gone through over the years. There used to be a hole in the ground there where we tossed everything we discarded—tires, paint, used motor oil, furniture, animal carcasses, garbage, plutonium. Every once in awhile someone would set it on fire and the heap would get smaller for a while. Maybe twice a year the county sent a man with a bulldozer down to compact the mess and spread some dirt around. Continue reading