The recent accusations of Councilmen Bob Strosser and Chris Corcoran regarding Councilwoman Karen Blair and Councilman Eli Matthews were childish and uncalled for.

The recent accusations of Councilmen Bob Strosser and Chris Corcoran regarding Councilwoman Karen Blair and Councilman Eli Matthews were childish and uncalled for.

I watched both council meetings on Charter channel 14 live. At no time did Miss Blair try to impugn the integrity of Rep. Walden or his staff. She simply stated that she had a call into Rep. Walden without response at that time.

I heard nothing that would mislead the council or listeners.

I know Karen to be hard-working, honest and very ethical. She dedicates many hours researching issues that may affect the city of Medford and citizens of Medford.

Perhaps all of the members of the Medford City Council should take a look at their "open, candid and fair comments."

I live in Ward 2 and support both Councilwoman Blair and Councilman Matthews — Gregory L. Paul, Medford

Gerald Holmquist, in his Sept. 21 guest opinion, stated Monsanto's genetically modified DroughtGard corn is more green by being more productive and reducing irrigation. These claims are misleading.

Doug Gurian-Sherman, senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D.C., recently reported that, in spite of the years of research spent and millions of dollars invested in the project, DroughtGard corn doesn't lower water usage, is good only in limited droughts and improves overall crop performance only slightly. He added that USDA analysis of data supplied by Monsanto shows DroughtGard doesn't even outperform non-engineered alternatives. The UCS study determined DroughtGard reduced crop losses by 6 percent, while conventional farming practices have increased drought tolerance by 1 percent per year over the past few decades.

Also, DroughtGard can be planted on only about 15 percent of corn acreage and increases production about 1 percent.

In contrast, traditional corn breeding and farming are increasing corn production by 1.5-2 percent annually, about 2-3 percent better than DroughtGard. The deregulation of genetically modified crops without fully understanding their potential to harm both people and the environment, and without sufficient evidence to support the claims made by the technology, in my opinion, is unwise and could prove disastrous. — Fred Harrison, Central Point

So often we view any police officer as someone who is around to bother us or, thankfully, more often protecting us from crazies and other dangers. What might not be known, until there's a special happening in our lives or the lives of friends and relatives, is that they play such an important role in offering comfort and sympathy when not expected.

With the sudden death of a wonderful friend this week, Officer Renfro and a fellow officer stayed with the family protecting their privacy and offering any support needed.

They are very special people, and it would behoove us to remember not just the dangers in which they place themselves, but the high quality of the individuals they are. They are exemplary men and women and we should be very thankful to be served by them. — Bill Foy, Medford

A casino? Really, a casino? My, that is impressive. We need a casino in the Rogue Valley?

We are not about casinos. We are about the outdoors, family, fun, life, rivers, mountains. You think we have crime now? What will a casino bring? If I wanted to live in Vegas, Reno or Canyonville, I would.

Has the tribe ever thought of an amusement park, a large indoor swimming fun center — something for families to do together?

There needs to be some sort of entertainment for families and our kids of the Rogue Valley without traveling for four hours! Oregon has the second highest gambling addiction problem — not to mention one of the poorest counties in all of Oregon sits next door!

Oh yes, let's give the people something to better themselves. The valley needs to turn the crime and drug element around. The added money would never match the added cost of crime that will go along with it! I vote no! No payouts, just paybacks. — Joyce Hess, Rogue River

I am an RN who has worked at Ashland Community Hospital and lived in Ashland for 12 years. I am writing to express my concern over the misinformation some people in Ashland have regarding ACH's partnership with Dignity Health.

Due to many reasons, it is crucial that ACH affiliate or it will cease to exist, as many hospitals across the country face closure as a result of increased costs, decreased compensation and competition with other providers. After a careful, extensive process that included consideration of many health care systems, Dignity Health was chosen as the best fit to partner with.

Because some of Dignity's affiliates are nonsecular, some in Ashland worry that ACH will be tied to the church and will not provide certain services such as conception, contraception, abortion and end of life procedures. These are not typically hospital-based services, but the services ACH does provide in these areas will not change.

Certainly no services will be provided if ACH closes. With Dignity, ACH will continue to provide the excellent services our community has come to expect from us. — Joe Adcock, Ashland

If community truly matters to the Ashland City Council, they will reject the ACH contact with Dignity Health and direct the hospital board to start over. I understand the need to affiliate with a bigger company, but a relationship with Dignity would be too large a step back in time.

Over the years Ashland has been progressive in expanding care and quality of life for all our neighbors. A contract with Dignity, however, is in contrast to these efforts and would remove the option for patients to receive completely legal medical procedures in our community hospital.

Dignity Health — I'm not the first to point out the irony in the name — is not a good fit for Ashland. — Karen S. Smith, Ashland