The front page of the July 3, 2019, edition of the Tillamook Headlight Herald contained a quote from the senate republican leader Herman Baertschiger claiming that walking off his job somehow makes him a victim. He is lucky to be the head of a forestry based company in southern Oregon. Most workers who walk off a job because of disagreements with management would be fired. Instead he got a vacation paid for by the people of Oregon and sizable contributions from Oregon forest industries. I understand he and the timber companies are frustrated that they could not buy enough seats in our legislature to make more money for themselves. They are simply bad losers and not victims.

Then you printed a guest column from Hampton Lumber in the same edition of the newspaper. They try to say they are speaking for timber related jobs and the rural people of Oregon. This is a multi million dollar company controlled by one family. They are interested only in profit and control of Oregon forest lands.

Regardless of how you feel about climate change, the voters of Oregon, both rural and urban, need to be aware of the role that money plays in our state. We need to be very suspicious and skeptical when people like Baertschiger and the Hamptons try to buy our opinions.

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