We have been hearing from the current administration how Medicare and Social Security are going broke, but it has no plan to fix them. However, it is quick to disparage anyone who does and use scare tactics and lies to prove its point. The current administration has had a few plans but all have failed to accomplish the promises made.
The auto bailout was one of those plans that allowed the unions and federal government to own a portion of General Motors. In the process it forced General Motors to eliminate many nonunion employees and car dealerships. In addition, we hear that billions of the bailout dollars will never be repaid.
It seems a bit disingenuous to call some else's plan "extreme" or "outdated" when you have no plan of your own, just excuses and blaming someone else.
Mr. President, what is your plan? — William D. Christie, Jr., Medford
I don't know what George Will has against football (Sunday, Sept. 9). It must just be his intense love of baseball — oblivious to the fact that it is another team sport that must, therefore, "subordinate the individual to the collectivity" — that raised his bile. But to condemn football's excesses with his ultimate epithet, "progressivism" and thereby link it with Barack Obama, is a bit of a stretch.
I wonder what the reigning political philosophy of that town in Texas is — the one that recently dedicated a $60 million high school football stadium. Conservative? Progressive? Maybe George could elucidate.
I know that George wants to live in the past; in the supposedly pre-progressive paradise of the "first half of the 19th century." Really? It makes one wonder what his views on slavery and abolition are. I think he's losing it. — John Severance, Medford
The Democratic mantra is that Mitt Romney is too rich and privileged to understand the average man, or be a good president. Some facts are needed.
The Democrats had no problem with John Kerry when he was the candidate (the richest man in Congress). He, too, was a child of wealth, then married even more.
FDR and JFK were both Democrats from wealthy families, fawned over by the left. Our richest president ever (in today's wealth) was George Washington. He didn't do a bad job.
Then there was Jefferson, who inherited his wealth, probably our greatest mind in the presidency, and author of our fundamental documents. History shows success in the presidency has not been wealth-determined.
Romney's wealth is not a disqualifying factor. The fact that he built it and earned it shows a pattern of success that will serve him well in office. — Raymond Smith, Central Point
Where's the respect for our "their" Pioneer Cemetery? The owners certainly need to sell the property to someone who cares about our community, its history and has respect for the site.
With much work and money, the City of Central Point has added improvements at the corner of Hamrick and Vilas with trees and roses, our wonderful Don Jones Park and veterans memorial, it's sad and frankly embarrassing to see our Pioneer Cemetery on the same corner in a disgraceful mess.
I'm a CP native and have put in many hours picking up trash, cleaning up the site and was the one who called the police when the markers were found vandalized. The destruction was heartbreaking.
A volunteering retired CP teacher in his 70s has spent many long days mowing and raking leaves. It's unkempt because he cannot do the work anymore. It's so much more than a one-person job. He even put a pipe at every single veteran marker that he painted red, white and blue to hold a flag. Two years ago I put flags in each pipe for Veterans Day (almost 200). They all disappeared a few days later, reason unknown. — Colleen D. Miller, Central Point
The real issue regarding global warming is not whether it will continue, or if humans caused most of it.
The fact is, and it is a well understood fact, the U.S. can do absolutely nothing to change the future. Right now we only have 2 percent or less of our energy needs fulfilled by all of the alternate energy that we have been subsidizing at great costs. And that number is not expected to change much over the next several decades unless our consumption of energy drops because of some other source like natural gas or finding ways to use less energy.
China is expected to open at least one new coal-burning energy plant per week for the next several years. It will also quadruple its automobiles and long-haul trucks. Throughout the developing world this is going to occur, and in hugely populated countries.
We could bankrupt ourselves trying and we would not put a dent in the rapid growth of CO2 output on the planet. It is a lark to think there is anything we can do, even at great expense, to put a dent in future growth of human-caused CO2. — Robert Doyal, Medford
Nothing gives me more hope for the future of my grandchildren than meeting a high-quality, hard-working, caring younger adult. It's a privilege knowing someone who is genuinely bright, of ethical character, honest, articulate and responsible.
Jeff Scroggin, candidate for County Commissioner Position 2, is all of the above. Jeff's friendly demeanor compels you to know him better. He's an innovative problem solver concentrating on bringing family-wage jobs and affordable, timely air and train service to our valley. He realizes that cost-effective infrastructure improvements will keep us prosperous and that local dollars should stay local. He believes in more convenient and transparent public community forums.
Jeff Scroggin served five years in the Army responsible for battalion operations and strategic communications. He's against cutting county veteran services. Jeff presently serves as Alan Bates' chief of staff in the Oregon Legislature. Consider Jeff Scroggin's many outstanding qualifications. — Penny L. Keenan, Medford
I am writing this in support of what the Showaters are attempting to do to keep their property safe and maintain its value. I am not familiar with the Eastwood Cemetery or its condition, but my common sense tells me the Showalters are improving the appearence and condition. So what is the problem? — Senta Cook, Medford
Republicans, Democrats and independents should consider the facts of history.
The words and actions of men and women always have consequences. The lifestyle of parents have an effect on their children, their neighbors and the community. So it is with the national governors, local city councils and churches. Do you care about the moral standard of leadership?
I urge you to read Romans 1 and 2; 2nd Peter 2. But, you may say why are you judging my actions and words. Well, then read the Gospel of John 1:1-3, or Genesis 19.
You say, I don't believe such words, but that does not make it untrue or false. Father Abraham believed God's word and changed the future of history.
I pray you will consider this, it's your future and the future of your children and our nation. — Jess Gladson, Medford
I hardly know where to respond to ex-Councilman Reed's letter. First of all, the current water rate in Phoenix is higher than "the largest water rate in the valley" that he wrote about. As to the new study being done, if Reed would take the time to attend a City Council meeting, he would know that it is being done at no cost to the city. And lastly, having both Bartells on the council is just political incest. — Steven Schulman, Phoenix
In today's financial environment, receiving a raise is cause for celebration. However, arbitrarily deciding that the highest paid individuals deserve a higher percentage increase because they have a higher level of education is ridiculous.
Degrees help individuals qualify for higher-paying jobs and for promotions; however, the fact that someone has a degree does not make that individual a harder or a smarter worker or a more deserving or valuable employee. Typically raises should be based on merit or flat, across-the-board inflation increases. — Sue Osborn, Medford
A casino in Medford may be good for securing the financial future of Native Americans but not necessarily advantageous for local government and citizens of Jackson County. What type of clientele will a casino attract?
Among other issues, sovereign rule on the premises usually means local law enforcement will not have jurisdiction. It will, however, have the added responsibility for drunk drivers, increased traffic and more on city streets. Does Medford have the manpower and funding for the additional work and possibly even fighting fires? Will the tribe help with the financial burden? Will it pay taxes on gambling income?
As far as increased employment opportunities, how many jobs will go to non-Indians, and are they living-wage jobs? Maybe before the county commissioners get too excited over the "opportunity," they should look at the whole picture.
The Coquille Indian Tribe was secretive about the purchase. In my opinion, it was not just about the possibility of inflated property prices but because it knows a casino is not a good fit in the heart of the Medford area. The tribe certainly seems to be confident the feds will grant it sovereignty. Are we to assume it is a done deal? — Margaret Bradburn, Eagle Point