County unnecessary

The Jackson County commissioners, administrator and county counsel partnered up Wednesday for a staged performance to depict their unilateral view that federal law is supreme, and that local county control over local federal forests is futile. This "defiant" posture of counties and states against the strong arm of the federal government is expensive with little gain, according to Administrator Danny Jordan, the county counsel, and the three commissioners.

But, I have the answer. We admittedly have come a long way from the liberty and freedom of the 1900s. The elected commissioners are now unnecessary, with so much of our domain controlled by the federal government. We do not need elected representatives of the people and their huge wages, retirement and benefits to do the bidding of the feds.

Get over it; we have a governor and a president, and they have "supremacy" over Jackson County. To further save a half a million or more, our administrator and county counsel are unnecessary, as well — we have the Supreme Court!

Let us welcome in a new year with the knowledge that it is the federal government that controls and owns our county lands, and we need to adjust accordingly. — Colleen Roberts, Prospect

Double standard syndrome

Before all the gray-ponytail-and-Birkenstock crowd take to the streets against the NRA and Rep. Dennis Richardson, they may want to take a look at this website: www.laspd.com. To quote, in part, from this site: "The Los Angeles School Police Department is the largest independent school police department in the United States, with over 350 sworn police officers, 126 nonsworn school safety officers, and 34 civilian support staff dedicated to serving the Los Angeles Unified School District. It is the fifth largest police department in Los Angeles County, and the 14th largest in California."

Thus, it is not exactly an original thought for the government to have an armed force to protect our schools. The same idea was promoted by then President Bill Clinton in the 1994 crime bill, which included the original assault weapons ban. Clinton included a new program called "Community Oriented Policing Services," a part of which was the Cops in Schools program.

It seems the "progressives" suffer from a bad case of "double standard syndrome." — Ted Krempa, Medford

Support Mt. Ashland Ski Area

As a terrific ski season is getting under way in Southern Oregon, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my support for the Mt. Ashland Ski Area.

Much like Britt and OSF, it is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community resource. This resource provides Southern Oregon residents with wonderful access to summer and winter recreation, which contributes to the quality of life that many of us enjoy most about our region.

A vibrant Mt. Ashland sustains our community by keeping a larger share of the revenue (and jobs) within our local economy, enriching our region. While there is similar recreation several hours away — in most any direction — having this resource in Southern Oregon lessens the need for travel, which further helps our environment.

I choose to support Mt. Ashland because it aligns with my values through its commitment to renewable and green energies while balancing needs for quality, local winter recreation. — Vicki Purslow, Ashland

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