LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Another downside to GMOs

For those who would like to hear another side of GMO crops, log on to the BBC World News and watch the Sept. 18, 2012 interview with Nebraska farmers who are struggling with herbicide-resistant weeds, brought on by the widespread use of Roundup Ready corn and soybeans. Some have had to resort to hand-hoeing to combat the weeds, and Monsanto is now proposing a new GMO corn with 2, 4-D. — K. Mallams, Central Point


Had to laugh

I had to laugh at John Severance's letter (Sept. 13) saying the MT is a "right-leaning" newspaper." One only needs to read the "jeers" from the editor on the Opinion page (Sept. 14) bashing Mitt Romney's statement after the embassy attacks to know how this newspaper leans.

Using the flimsy excuse that Republicans berated him too leaves out many more who agreed with Romney's statement. Imagine the media uproar if he had said nothing.

What I didn't see from the editor was some real news saying "their guy," President Obama, jetted off to campaign in Vegas while embassies were burning; that he skipped intelligence briefings (mouthpiece press secretary Jay Carney said paper copies were adequate) including those leading up to and after the attacks; and he had time to be on the Letterman show and attend Beyonce fund raisers, but couldn't find time in his schedule to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the Israel-Iran crisis. Again, imagine the media uproar if President Bush had done all of these things.

Ironically, Mr. Severance and I do agree about one thing, although for different reasons; readers should use more reliable news sources than the MT if they want to keep themselves well-informed leading up to the election. — Maureen Stewart, Medford


No laughing matter

Climate change, a laughing matter? At the Republican convention, some delegates followed candidates in ridiculing President Obama's concern.

Although there are still naysayers in the U.S., there is now overwhelming consensus that climate change is here, and we are accelerating these changes.

Who are the candidates who dare address climate change issues? Follow the money. — Donna L. Stuart, Ashland


Hunters should wear vests

Is it now a practice in the gun shops and sporting (hunting) goods stores to include with the rifles and shotguns, pistols, ammo and sportswear, the safety vest? Optional colors: green, yellow, orange, all very bright.

When the hunter gets his or her gear, the vest would be included on the sales price slip, so no bickering about the vest would occur. As the purchaser goes out the door, it would be well understood that there is a need to wear the vest.

Such a vest is recommended to be worn at all times when a hunter is in the woods. If those vests are not used, why would any hunter refuse? — Robert Burnett, Talent


Program name is misleading

I share Larry Fields' frustration expressed in his "Fix Trail Card rules" letter to the editor that ran Sept. 14.

The key thing to understand is that there is no such thing as a Food Stamp (Trail Card) program. This is because linking a dollar from its source to what it is eventually spent on is simply not a priority. Until this is understood, we will be frustrated when seeing people buy food with "your" money, and beer with the money already in their pockets. What hangs in the balance is not whether they can eat, but whether they can wash their food down with beer and have a cigarette later.

Politicians call it a Food Stamp (Trail Card) program to minimize resentment and resistance to having one's money spent on and given to someone else. It is a wealth gap-narrowing program — claiming "your" money is spent on housing, food or education is an absurdity. — Richard Keleshian, Talent


A difference worth voting for

Personally I have no doubt that climate change already poses a serious threat to the many interrelated systems that support life on our planet. But let's pretend that the small minority of scientists (mostly for hire to oil interests) who claim that global warming is not caused by human activities are right, that we don't make any changes in how we do things, and that no harm ensues.

Even if that were the case, do we really want to go on being dependent on limited, foreign, dirty and destructive energy sources such as oil, gas, coal or tar sands? Wouldn't we all be better off developing new, cleaner, locally based energy industries? It seems like a no-brainer to me.

Only one major party candidate is even discussing climate change: Barack Obama. Whatever other issues there may be, that alone is a difference worth voting for. — Christine Menefee, Ashland


Support fellow artists

I'm an artist (www.cammydavis.com) and have become involved in the local art community. I've met so many selfless volunteers working to keep the history and novelty of Jacksonville alive. I see local artists and art lovers trying to build a thriving art community.

I saw the letter to the editor by Deitz Vilkz about the Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts festival. It was a scathing letter that not only insulted the festival but fellow vendors and artists.

I don't understand why someone would choose to bring anger into a situation rather than positive suggestions. I actually met the letter writer at an art event a few weeks prior, and he was complaining even then.

He is incorrect in his letter about the level of craftsmanship and artistic worth of the booths. The hula hoops, for instance, are hand-made by a local artist, as shown in images on our Facebook site. I hope that we can all, as a community, remember to support each other. Come to organizational meetings and offer solutions and positive energy. Find a way to help, rather than hinder the community you live or participate in. — Cammy Davis, Jacksonville


Vote

There's something about "Deregulating the market to advance economic development" that really bothers me. However, "Sustainable energy from fossil fuels" is the clincher.

Vote! Vote! Vote!

This is not a "test of faith" or a popularity contest, it's an IQ test.

Bailouts for billionaires?

Or, a community organizer whose wife tore up the White House lawn and put in a garden.

Let's see how smart you are. — Tom Espinosa, Medford


Scroggin will be asset

Jeff Scroggin will be a huge asset to the Rogue Valley as County Commissioner. His work in Salem with Senator Alan Bates on health care reform underway across Oregon, means that Jackson County will have someone who truly understands the goals and strategies of this major effort to bring medical care costs under control. Providers and patients will all have the support of a Commissioner who is one their side.

I know that Jeff's commitment to matching the needs and resources of this county on other issues is very important too, but integrating the county efforts to make health care reform work is the main reason why I am voting for Jeff for County Commissioner. — Nan Trout, Ashland


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