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Let nature take care of it
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 13:25

To the editor: In reference to an Aug. 30 Press article relating to Pearson Park and the invasive buckthorn, I think this is a solution (available money) looking for a problem (something to spend it on).

Fifty years ago, my family received through the Department of Natural Resources a group of plants that were supposed to benefit wildlife. Buckthorn was one of them. Now the Metroparks thinks it is not beneficial.

Buckthorn makes a great thick hedge and stays green well into December. An excellent buffer for park paths, it provides shelter for wildlife and young trees. It has been significantly present in the park for over 20 years. It is the dark green foliage you see when driving through the park. I am concerned if they attempt to remove it, the results could be more devastating then the ash borer or Dutch elm disease ever were.

The park is spraying herbicide to kill it. My experience with buckthorn has been if you cut off mature plants at the ground, they die. The needless use of herbicide concerns me. Everyone using the paths will be exposed, as will the fauna and flora.

Nothing was done after the removal of the elm trees in the 60s and the park came back on its own. I believe a selective cutting would be best and let nature take care of the rest.
Gene Hagedorn

A time to rally
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 02 September 2010 13:23

To the editor: This November, Oregon City Schools will be placing a levy on the ballot. Our schools need it, our students need it and our community needs it.

As former Clay graduates, we have chosen Oregon as a place to settle and raise our family for the simple fact that we wanted our children (now ages 9 and 7) to have the education and opportunities that Oregon City Schools provided to us and allow them to establish a solid foundation and prepare them for college.

Oregon is a great community and has always come together to take care of our own…in good times and in bad. This is a time that the future of Oregon, our students, need the community to rally behind them and support the school levy so the teachers, staff and administration can continue providing a quality education to our students.

Please join us in voting yes for our schools this November.
Steve and Chrissy (Welty) Finch

Law is needed
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 09:37

To the editor: A bear owned by notorious Ohio animal exhibitor Sam Mazzola has mauled a 24-year-old man to death. The bear has been killed.

Mazzola has been responsible for injuries and has had run-ins with the law right from the start. Going back to the early 1980s, Smokey, a declawed 7-foot bear used in Mazzola’s wrestling act, escaped from Mazzola’s barn and attacked a neighbor. Mazzola was cited for failing to have required permits and was arrested and charged with obstructing official business after arguing with the state game officer.

In 1987, it was reported that a man was injured in a bear “wrestling” act and needed stitches for a bite wound. He filed a $300,000 suit against Mazzola.

Before his license was finally revoked in 2008, Mazzola was cited numerous times for making false statements and providing false records to federal authorities, for violating safety regulations by allowing customers into enclosures with adult tigers and bears—one weighing over 700 pounds—and for failing to safely contain adult tigers, bears, and juvenile wolves. 

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