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Letters...Oh, we get letters... Woodworker's journal readers are some of the most engaged readers you're likely to find! they have much to say, on any topic related to their favorite hobby.

From the snail darter to the spotted owl, we have been sold (or forced to buy) a bill of goods that has

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An article about a survey we did on the topic of "green" woodworking, in which survey respondent "J.G." was quoted, "I am sick and tired of the environmental chicken littles in this world," provoked a lot of responses.

Where on Earth do you find Neanderthals like "J.G."? Global warming may or may not be important in the future of mankind, but wouldn't we and our children and grandchildren all be better off if we err on the side of caution? Take away his tools!

Rich Meyer Corinna, Maine

I am sick and tired of all the environmental Chicken Littles in this world also. I agree with J.G. 100 percent

Ted Havenga Jr. Roselle, Illinois

From the snail darter to the spotted owl, we have been sold (or forced to buy) a bill of goods that has

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changed our lives and taken away many of the freedoms we used to enjoy in our country.

I enjoy woodworking because it is a release from much of the madness of this world, and the last thing I want is a magazine dedicated to my hobby preaching to me about issues that greatly disturb me.

Dave iMssegues Coupeville, Washington

That article alone will make me a subscriber. I am a casual woodworker, and as environmentally conscious as I try to be, I must admit I had not given any thought to how sustainably the wood I use was grown and harvested nor to the manner in which the tools I purchase are made. As a matter of fact, I would appreciate any information you can provide that will help me find out about those issues because, in the future, I will pay attention to them.

Garry Dykes-Modlens Colorado Springs, Colorado

I personally felled the walnut trees for an armoire during a restoration project of the historic Morris Canal, which connected Easton, Pennsylvania, to Jersey City, New Jersey. They were growing in the prism of the canal and had to go.

Woodworker's Journal editor Rob Johnstone heard some interesting opinions while in China...and even more from our readers when he returned.

'Hie trees were milled on a local thin-kerf band saw to minimize waste and air dried in my shop for three years. My shop is heated exclusively by a wood stove. How's that for green?

Fete Lynah Broadway, New Jersey

Hint to the editors: These letters do not add anything to what you are calling a "debate." Printing them is just lazy journalism.

Robert A. Speir Falls Church, Virginia

Please continue the discussion of this important subject I have tried, unsuccessfully, to find Forest Stewardship Council hardwoods in my area and would really like to see an ongoing discussion of tools, techniques and use of wood which are environmentally friendly. If you were to really engage this issue with information and practical suggestions, many more of us would make a real effort to "work green."

Adam D. Fisher Stony Brook, New York

I'm concerned about the future of my descendants. I'm afraid that when the true nature of the global warming scare is made known to them, they will be aghast at our ignorance and folly and dismayed by the social and economic destruction that our "erring on the side of caution" will surely cause.

George McClellan San Gabriel, California

Those folks "chirping and singing" about "Chicken Littles" are much like the grasshopper in the proverb about the ant and the grasshopper, are they not? Stewardship is not about us—it is about our kids and their kids.

Rich Donahue Huachuca City, Arizona

A depression would see "Greenies" cutting trees for food money, hunting wild game for food and doing anything else necessary to exist

Jim Andersen Big Timber, Montana

Another controversial topic that evoked many responses from our readership was WJ editor Rob Johnstone's trip to Asian tool manufacturing facilities.

I have been in retail for nearly 27 years, and I would have to say that most people will talk the talk but very few will walk the walk. While I continually hear the question, "Why is nothing made in the U.S.A anymore?" I also watch those same people pass by an item made in the U.S.A to save $1.00.

I think some of the stereotypes of Chinese-made products came from when tools were first being imported 20 to 25 years ago. The quality was far below what anyone found acceptable, but, boy, were they cheap, and people grabbed them up.

Tim Tolle/son Janesville, Wisconsin

As a Ford worker and union man, I don't support anything from

China. But you seem to, so I hope you sell a lot of magazines in China, because when my subscription comes up for renewal, I will cancel, and I will do my best so that my fellow union men do the same, so keep on promoting China. I bet this won't go into your Chinese magazine.

Nelson Beaule Brunswick, Ohio

I have been a woodworker for 28 years and have seen a lot of brands move to Asia, which always leads to lesser quality.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't want "pretty good tools." I want precise and accurate machines. I, for one, will pay more for quality. So, in conclusion, I say, "not with my money."

Michael S. Real Woodbury, Connecticut

It's not surprising that woodworkers would have affection for their tools. What was a bit surprising was the passion Woodworker's Journal readers displayed for the radial arm saw, especially after we ran Kevin Masson's letter (below).

For those of us who still own a radial arm saw, here are my "top ten" advantages to owning one: 10. Temporary place for holding the new band saw blade while changing blades. 9. When repairing a puncture in a bicycle inner tube, it's a great place to hang the inner lube while die glue dries. 8. Perfect for cutting 2 x 4s for firewood starter. 7. Sectioning a frozen 10 pound package of ground beef that my wife told me to r separate into 1 pound bags before freezing. 6. Makes a great cat perch. 5. Prevents clutter in a 4' x 4'

space in the garage. 4. 'Temporary" storage space for short pieces of wood, tools and drawings. 3. It's great to own something that my neighbor doesn't have in his "high-tech" shop. 2. It's fun to tell my son, "one day this will all be yours." 1. It's a great conversation piece in a yard sale.

Kevin Masson American Fork, Utah

I purchased a DeWalt 10" radial arm saw in 1964. It is the HEART of my basement shop.

Let's have a "saw off' competition RAS versus table saw. No contest!!! RAS would be the winner!

Fred Ixincia Dublin, Ohio

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