In 2009 Dick Gordon was first elected to the Medford City Council. He comes from a business executive background. During his tenure on the council, he has received an extremely diversified education in governmental administration and operations. To name a few: president, Medford City Council; Urban Renewal; Architectural Commission and 549C School Board.
Gordon is an intelligent and analytical individual who gathers all available information and asks the challenging questions from project presenters before making informed decisions. He is a fiscal conservative who has worked hard to ensure that the city receives the best return on project investments. He listens to concerns of the citizens he represents and has provided support for their issues.
As a city budget committee member and Ward 1 resident, I am proud to have Dick Gordon as my representative. He is unequivocally the best council candidate to represent our ward. — R. Norris, Medford
I would like to endorse Judge Benjamin Bloom's candidacy in the upcoming judicial race for Circuit Court judge. I have known Judge Bloom for several years professionally, and he has successfully assisted my family through some challenging legal matters during his tenure as a lawyer.
Judge Bloom is the consummate professional and has been making Jackson County a safer place to live through his commitment to the judicial system and his years of expertise. Judge Bloom has my family's vote. — Shelly Hensarling, Talent
For many years Fire District 5 has been doing more with less. When it comes to replacing apparatus and equipment, the district has had to continually play catch-up. A yes vote on Measure 15-112 will allow it to catch up.
The last two new fire engines the district purchased were in 1995 and 2000. Both were bought on 10-year lease purchase programs. Lease purchase programs cost more because of interest and loan fees. Also, it keeps the district in debt, doesn't allow for the standardization of apparatus and equipment, and without question limits the overall budget.
Please join me in supporting our firefighters and new equipment. Vote yes on 15-112. — Guy W. Bishop, Ashland
There he goes again — sounding moderate, promising great things for Oregon's predominantly rural Congressional District 2, but can he deliver? His current 0-for-6 record says no. Greg Walden is a right-wing conservative through-and-through. Visit www.opencongress.org/people/show/400419_Greg_Walden to see for yourself.
Designated to be a key player in the Republican hierarchy if he is re-elected, Walden would have to go with its cut-spending-and-taxes agenda — indeed, lead it. How can he deliver on broadband in rural areas without funding? Simply put: he can't!
Don't swallow his Kool-Aid. Words are cheap. We need a House that supports President Obama in order to continue to repair the damage done to our economy by the last cut-taxes-and-regulations presidency. The wounds were deep; they are healing. Obstructionism by Congress should not be rewarded.
Vote for Joyce Segers to help create a reinvigorated, dedicated, Democratic majority that moves forward with real solutions — not empty promises. — Kathleen Heritage, Rogue River
Jackson County needs a surveyor who understands the property boundary needs of its citizens.
Herb Farber has for more than 40 years looked out for thousands of local property owners who sought his expertise to navigate the sometimes daunting challenges of dealing with bureaucracy in local, county, state and federal regulations. Herb has the experience in all types of land division from a single lot to entire master planned communities, personally filing hundreds of maps in Jackson County.
Jackson County needs someone with those skills, who has managed a business, supervised a talented staff of professionals and when necessary had the courage to make changes for the sake of a business' economic survival. Herb has demonstrated leadership as former state chairman of the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon and throughout his years in community service. Jackson County needs Herb Farber. Please vote for Herb on Nov. 6. — Susan Morgan Farber, Central Point
I am writing in support of the upcoming bond issue that will appear on the November ballot.
After much discussion, the planners have come to the current proposal, which is a practical solution to the issue of Medford's aging swimming pools, which are beyond repair. The proposal is for a seasonal pool at Jackson Park and a year-round facility at Hawthorne Park.
Both pools will have substantially increased capacity. I believe that the health benefits alone for area kids easily justifies the added, very modest tax increase. Maybe this is an example of helping to build a strong community feeling for all of us. I urge a yes vote on the pool bond issue in the upcoming election. — Lee Murdoch, Medford
I am supporting Jeff Scroggin for Jackson County commissioner, Position 2. Jeff is the best choice if you are looking for someone who will represent your best interest in a nonpartisan fashion.
He is eager to put people back to work in living wage jobs. He has ideas for bringing back jobs in the timber industry while supporting sustainability so our forests can be used by us all and future generations.
I am impressed by his desire to listen to the citizens he will represent by holding town hall meetings throughout the county. I live in a rural area above Shady Cove and want my voice heard.
He realizes cost-effective infrastructure improvements will keep us prosperous, and that local dollars should stay local. He is experienced, young and energetic, just what this county needs to keep us headed in the right direction. Vote Jeff Scroggin, county commissioner, Position 2. — Debra J. Herzog, Trail
The Monday, Oct. 1 MT headline, "Without a home soon" leaves me with one big question, "Where's Waldo?"... ah, er, Walden?
Expect no help coming from this guy, he remains in lock-step with his Republican poverty-program cutters. Community Works begs us for help while he supports increases in the defense budget — outrageous! — Rick Ukena, Ashland
I was selected by the secretary of state to serve on the five-person committee that drafted the explanatory statement for Measure 80. Due to an oversight (mine), the statement that will run in the Voter's Pamphlet neglects to mention one major change to Oregon law that would come about if Measure 80 is passed.
The explanatory statement notes that the Measure allows for the creation of state-licensed stores. However, the statement fails to mention that such stores would be legally able to sell marijuana to any person over 21 years of age who does not have specified drug-related convictions on that person's criminal record. The measure sets no limit on the quantity of marijuana that may be sold in these stores, leaving any possible regulation to a seven-member commission, five of whom will be elected by marijuana growers and processors.
The foxes guarding the henhouse? Please vote no on 80. — Mark Huddleston, Jackson County District Attorney, Medford