Overwhelming generosity was again shown by the good citizens of our community with the food and fund drive for ACCESS we had in conjunction with the Christmas Light Show on our street. In such a time of need, you came through in style with all of your sharing and giving. We were able to turn over to ACCESS just short of 10,000 pounds of donated food along with nearly $40,000 in cash for the direct purchase of food.
A special thank-you to The Kimmel Family Foundation for matching the contributions on the street with a more than generous donation of $20,000. A big "thank-you" to the Medford Police Department and the traffic officers for providing traffic control the four nights prior to Christmas along with the free hot chocolate provided by the Delta Waters Starbucks.
It was truly our pleasure to be part of this giving opportunity! — Bob And Carolyn Crews, Medford
Dick Gordon is on the right track with the Greyhound portal. Sticking with the original plan to restore the portal of the Pacific Greyhound Building was presented by MURA at four separate public hearings before the request to demolish it. Returning to that plan is not only the most cost-effective solution ($40,000 according to the hard bid MURA reported) but creates the most attractive and appropriate solution for Medford and The Commons.
The shortened portal won't reflect the scale of the depot, and will almost certainly cost as much, if not more, than restoration. Certainly it'll take longer. Frankly, a new shortened portal creates a token remnant that will look like a decorated retaining wall. It would be more of a monument to the dilemma the demolition request has created. In other words, it wouldn't be a monument to the past, but to this mess of a process.
As I wrote a month ago, Medford needs a little vision here. Take my word that the restored Greyhound portal will be very cool and appreciated. If it's not, you can always blame the crazy preservationists. — George Kramer, Ashland
"Kindness is the universal language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see." — Mark Twain
I recently lost my anniversary ring and felt I'd never see it again. Thankfully, an honest and caring man named Randy found my ring in the Dollar Tree parking lot in the WinCo Plaza. Not only did Randy take the time to place "found" ads, he also had my ring cleaned before returning it to me. There are no words that adequately express my thanks and gratitude to Randy, who would not accept a reward. Therefore, I will pay forward his kindness to me, onto others. Likewise, I encourage others to do the same when the occasion arises.
God bless Randy, his wife and family. — Marcy Collins, Medford
Attention mass murderers: Relax! No one is going to take away your — or my — constitutional right to own a gun.
All that we responsible gun owners are asking is this: The next time you go on a shooting spree, after you murder your first 10 children, we'd like you to have to pause a few seconds to change ammo magazines before you continue shooting. During those few seconds, an innocent child or two might escape to safety.
I know this will be an inconvenience to you, but that's a price I'm willing to pay. — Craig Callaway, Eagle Point