How not to see the forest ... or the trees


Congressman Greg Walden's Tuesday appearance in Medford was an exercise in vintage humbuggery.

"Enough is enough when they go to lock up our public lands without any public input," Walden said to a small crowd of supporters at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Just how much is enough wilderness and/or national monument — the distinction between the two seemed to elude Walden — is a matter of ongoing debate in our region and the nation. But nobody is "locking up" the land in question, and no public input has been curtailed.

Enough is enough when politicians go to setting up strawmen and knocking them down.