Treatment, not incarceration

My son was an addict. In New York he went to the needle exchange where he received counseling with each visit. They helped him to get treatment, find a job and a home. He found hope and a life and became the help to society he wished to be.

I will be eternally grateful for the caring, compassion and understanding of people who are serving others in this way. I would hope we would strongly continue to support treatment for addiction and mental illness rather than incarceration. — Jan Acord, Talent

Thanks for turnout

A giant thank you to all of you and your families for coming to the Medford Railroad Park during our open house session this year. Judging from the crowds, you've set another record for attendance and your donations — which are all divided among the five clubs.

The funds are used to maintain the park and show you some new stuff. Something new for the kids at the "HO" Model Railroad Club was the construction of a small layout that the kids could run by themselves. They all seemed to enjoy it very much.

Don't forget to come see us at the Medford Armory on Thanksgiving weekend for our annual open house, where we'll have trains running in all scales. Prizes will be given, and railroad memorabilia, new and used equipment will be for sale. Hope to see you there! — R. Andy Anderson, Phoenix

Disappointed in Postal Service

I am very disappointed by the U.S. Postal Service, and in particular the Medford Distribution Center.

The problem began several weeks ago when a friend shipped a package to me from Florida. He was advised to send the package parcel post, even though it would have been 30 cents cheaper to send it priority mail. Just two days before the package arrived, I moved five miles from Phoenix to Medford.

I had my mail forwarded by the post office and was very surprised when this small one-pound package was delivered a week later with forwarding charges of $5.30. After multiple trips to the post office, I was able to piece together that the charge was because the package was returned from Phoenix to Medford and then shipped to Seattle to be returned for redelivery in Medford. What a waste of money and resources!

I was finally directed to return to the Medford Post Office to speak to the postmaster about the situation but, when I arrived, I was told that the postmaster refused to see me. As a taxpayer and a citizen, I am very disappointed in this government "service." — Annie Fichera, Medford

Thanks for the help

After getting gas at the North Medford Fred Meyer on Monday, my starter would not engage. The attendant helped me push my vehicle out of the way. While I was contemplating what to do, another customer offered to try jump-starting my engine. While he was finishing his fill-up, a lady drove up, got out of her car, and asked if I was OK, and could she help. Then another gentleman appeared with a portable battery unit. The engine started immediately.

Thank you to the concerned and generous people who were quick and willing to help a stranger. I am fortunate to live in a beautiful valley with such caring and supportive people. — Bob Kingsnorth, Central Point

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