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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Reading the Sunday, Sept. 9, front page, I saw myself watching my property burn to the ground. This same thing happened to meon Aug. 28, 2011, when I waited 20 minutes for Fire District 3 to respond from White City. I have a District 3 fire station a half mile from my house.
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  • Reading the Sunday, Sept. 9, front page, I saw myself watching my property burn to the ground. This same thing happened to meon Aug. 28, 2011, when I waited 20 minutes for Fire District 3 to respond from White City. I have a District 3 fire station a half mile from my house.
    It used to be manned by volunteers; I know because I was one of them. Now, like Gold Hill, we have a new station paid for by the taxpayers that serves only as a storage barn. We had good volunteers, but they were driven off by District 3 management.
    On my fire, the Forestry Department has a crew stationed at this local fire station and they were on my property before I got off the phone with 911, putting out fires in the weeds. If we had volunteers, they would have been right behind them saving at least part of my 26- by 50-foot shop with a factory original '28 Ford Model A show car.
    As a taxpayer paying for services like Mr. Powers of Gold Hill, I think the district could afford to bring back volunteers and provide better service. — Harry LeVine, Central Point
    I was surprised when I read about Lozier Lane. A resident since 1991, this is the first I had heard of it. Neither county or city planning offices have contacted residents about these plans.
    Something needs to be done, but if the road is widened as planned, many of us will have the sidewalks going through our homes. Not to mention the substantial foliage of healthy trees and shrubs that line the street. I am in the county, so if my home is absorbed into the city, I will be paying much higher taxes. It will decrease my home value with more traffic and noise.
    I have no problem with adding sidewalks and a bike lane to one side. A turn lane is not necessary as there are only two roads entering Lozier on this end. Moving all the phone poles, digging deeper ditches for irrigation, water lines, gas lines, sewer lines, street lights, it is the homeowners who will pay for this and be trapped in our homes during construction. On Ross there were several alternate routes, but not Lozier. I would be at every public meeting for this project, if only I knew about them! — Marjorie Murch, Medford
    As the election approaches, the obscenely funded Republican campaign of lies and distortions is well under way. We saw in the primaries how candidates' success ebbed and flowed as the shadowy Super PACs funneled huge sums into negative advertising, much of it based on lies. Regrettably, it worked!
    Now Republicans across the nation are claiming that it is they who are defending Social Security and Medicare. Given their decades of opposition to both systems, anyone paying attention should be skeptical. Inevitably Republicans are not defending Social Security and Medicare. They want to privatize and dismantle these valuable programs.
    One only has to look at VP candidate Ryan's budget proposals to see the plan. His version of "saving" these systems is to destroy them. His does nothing to balance the budget; it just shifts money from the 99 percent to the one percent; all budget savings fund tax cuts for the wealthy. — Glenda Rackleff, Ashland
    I do not personally know anyone who believes climate chaos is a hoax; however, this is apparently a common view or the Republican platform would not have planks which:
    1. Reject Amtrak and high-speed rail.
    2. Approve the Keystone XL pipleline, which would put the water supply of much of the country at risk.
    3. Prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.
    For me, this is scary! One is reluctant to think the plank supporters are either that greedy or ignorant of possible consequences of such polices. Powers of denial? How else are we to understand such a platform? — Elizabeth R. Hallett, Ashland
    While the whole country reconized 9/11, you chose to put it back on page 6. Great job. — Dan Welty, White City
    While the whole country reconized 9/11, you chose to put it back on page 6. Great job. — Dan Welty, White City
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