LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Loan payoff creates problems

I find it very troubling that Phoenix is early paying $115,000 on a loan at the same time they are cutting back on police and public works pay and claim they are $100,000 short in funds.

The folks just elected, Bellah and Bartells, said they had helped to balance the budget for the first time. Now we hear it's not. What gives?

There is a simple answer to the bind Phoenix is in. Don't make the loan prepayment. At this point in time it's not fiscally sound and has created more problems than it has solved. — Steven A. Schulman, Phoenix


Ending gun violence

How about ending all violence?

Let's start by stopping the discussion about guns, and talk about how society got to a place where young people think it's OK to shoot others. If I remember correctly, these shooters have all been between 18 and 30. What is it that makes them do what they do?

It can't be the gun. The gun is an inanimate object, incapable of operating by itself. The intent to kill has to be in the person that picks it up. — Wil Scarrow, Gold Hill


Cartoon was offensive

Your editorial cartoon on Jan. 12, comparing "death by gun violence" and "lives tossed" by Planned Parenthood is highly offensive.

There's a vast difference between printing cartoons of differing political perspectives and debasing an organization that's the largest U.S. provider of reproductive health services. Abortions account for 3 percent of these services. People voluntarily opt to use Planned Parenthood. Victims of gun violence have no such choice. — Bob Palzer, Ashland


Thanks to Cow Creek

On Jan. 10, The Arc Jackson County received a generous grant of $7,500 from the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians to help us with the expenses associated with the operation of The Arc's Lifespan Respite program and its Social Clubs.

Our specific objectives are to benefit our community in the most tangible of ways by offering relief and support for family caregivers to help them successfully care for one of our most vulnerable populations.

By providing respite care services, we help reduce the stress and health care problems associated with caring for a child or adult with special needs. Respite promotes family stability and strength, lessens the need of expensive out-of-home placement and reduces the risk of abuse/neglect to the care recipient.

This grant will benefit more than 200 families who are overwhelmed and in desperate need of a break. Our sincere thanks to Cow Creek! — Trish Welch, executive director, The Arc


Scouts say thanks

Boy Scout troops 91 and 102 would like to thank the people of the Central Point area for supporting the Christmas tree recycling project.

We would like to thank Biomass One for their cooperation in helping with the disposal of the trees. We use the funds to send scouts to summer camp each year. Thank you so much for all your help in this fundraiser. — Andy DeKorte, troop committee, Central Point


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