Letters to the editor from this week's Chronicle:

To the Editor
I have thought about this for sometime, and have decided it needs to be said.
I have heard of a church that has a young man tithing 25% of his income...also, I have heard of a lady in the Midwest, whose pastor told her that If she was late with her tithe, she had to pay a 5% penaltyÖ I feel this is very wrong! Someone is lining his pockets at the expense of the people he is supposed to be watching over and teaching Godís word. Tithe means a tenth... 10% of your increase....
I donít want people to quit giving to the Churches. If you can afford 25%, please give it, but I think it wrong to rob people in the name of God... Give tithe of 10 % and if you are poor and canít afford 10%
give what you can as a love gift, God will honor that... It is my opinion, if some one is robbing you in the name of GOD, you should start looking for another place to worship!
Paying the churchís bills is very important, and your pastors need to eat, so, please donít use this letter as an excuse to quit giving.
Leland Huntley Sr.
Cottonwood, Idaho

To the editor
The 1910 forest fires have been in the news a lot lately and I've learned a bunch: After thousands of years of "natural fires" the largest fires in our history occurred which resulted in the creation of the United States Forest Service. For the next 80-90 years their goal was to have every fire out by 10am the morning after it was discovered. At the same time forests were logged and managed for timber and fire was the enemy. Fires were extinguished when they were small and there were not many large ones. Good work, Smokey!
But then they thought, "We've done too well and there's a lot of fuel out there just waiting to burn. We could have some really big fires." So they stopped putting out the little fires and guess what? They got really big fires. Remember the Yellowstone Park fire of 1988? It started out small and was let burn.
The "natural" way still works just like it did in 1910. We can do better. Put the fires out by 10am and get loggers back in the woods. Maybe we could learn something from the 1910 devastation. Sometimes man can improve on nature.
Lucky Brandt
Kooskia, ID 83539

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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