LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Help end sex trafficking

My wife and I watched a movie recently about sex trafficking (slavery) forced on young runaway and or kidnapped girls. Then the Mail Tribune had a story on it that led us to believe this could be happening here in our city.

If this is true, we need to do everything in our power to end it. There would have to be many people who would know it was going on such as pimps, johns and neighbors. These people have a responsibility to notify the authorities so these girls can be freed. A neighbor would have to know something was wrong because of the excess activity at the home.

Let's keep our city a safe, clean city and maybe save the life of an innocent girl. — Gordon DeVos, Medford


Thanks for Plaza caroling

Our hats are off to William and Roberta Hayes, organizers of the Christmas caroling event that took place on Ashland's Plaza last Sunday evening, the 23rd.

What fun it was to join others and share in the true spirit of Christmas. Your efforts to provide songbooks and warm beverages were greatly appreciated. We hope this event continues so that others may enjoy it as well. Many thank you's from our family for a relaxing pause during a stress-filled season! — Kate Harwood, Medford


Letter missed the point

Mr. Young (Dec. 24) has completely missed the point of the MacCraken and McCarthy piece (Dec. 8). Their position on climate change is certainly not based on single events. It is based on an alarming trend of events, of which Sandy is simply an example.

It is always puzzling when anti-science people refer to an event such as a drought and then refer to earlier droughts as evidence that nothing has changed. Does he seriously believe that climate scientists around the world have not considered that? Does he seriously believe that future projections are not based on painstaking analysis of thousands of data points taken from thousands of years of data, and then peer-reviewed for accuracy?

The U.S. National Academy of Science, along with national science academies from every other nation on earth, now agree that we're mucking up our future — more importantly, our kids' future. These are the "activists" Mr. Young is referring to. We're sorry that he's "tired" of it all, but be assured they're working to improve his quality of life. — Carl Prufer, Ashland


Support Connecticut police

I am asking that all union members, no matter what their union represents, to stand in support of our fellow members with the Connecticut policemen's union — a union 4,000-plus strong — as some are now having extreme problems dealing with the tragedy in Newtown.

We as union members sometimes forget, no matter what our occupation, we all serve the public and the health of the community/nation. I'm calling for all union members to send words or prayers of support to our fellow members, not of our union but members nonetheless, and to the families of those slain innocents — Lloyd Ketchem, Medford


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