Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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How to revive the Pacific Northwest

Your article on the economic situation in the Pacific Northwest ("Idyllic aura has faded in the Pacific Northwest," July 11) fails to address the cause of the problems here. In Oregon, decades of Democrats' social engineering have left the state with many people depending on "entitlements" administered by a massive bureaucracy.

This was fine so long as there was industry to support the working people and to pay the taxes. The environmental movement put an end to that.

The timber industry has been destroyed to protect spotted owls. Agriculture is under attack. Farmers in the Klamath basin, promised water by our government, have seen their fields dry up to protect fish. The fishing industry is so heavily regulated that local fishermen can't compete with the foreign ships offshore.

The only solution proposed by Oregon to solve the state's problems is to increase taxes, when spending cuts are needed. Our economic problems can be solved, but only by fiscally conservative policies and the repeal of smothering regulations. Calvin W. Hurd Florence, Ore.

Support for the spouses

Regarding your July 9 article "The other battle: coming home": Thank you for your touching article on the troubles of our returning vets. One thing that seemed missing: Is there a program for the confused wives or husbands to help the soldier "decompress"?

The painful experiences of many of the vets are being addressed. However, husbands/wives have also been subject to stress of a different sort. They wonder, "Is he/she the same man/woman who went away?"

The program for returning soldiers needs to address the soldiers' entire family. To leave them dangling, as was done after the Vietnam War, is morally indefensible. Brian Cawley Yelm, Wash.

Single moms need help, too

I loved the article on single dads raising kids on their own ("Life as a single dad," June 9), but I can't help being a little bitter when I remember my single mother's struggle to raise three kids and work full-time. …

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