Thanks, Judge Barnack

On behalf of all the boys and girls abused by pedophiles, and who live with the damage all of their lives, I want to thank Judge Barnack for explaining in plain, robust English exactly what his victims think of people like the remorseless serial pedophile he recently sentenced to 21 life terms. What a shame the Oregon Supreme Court found the truth so objectionable. — William Powell, Talent

City ignored public process

Recently I have been quoted in the MT. My concerns were a direct result of a letter I received from the Medford Public Works Department.

The letter states, three times, that the city will change the traffic patterns on East Main Street and as a representative of owners along the affected area, I was being notified. Note that it was a notice of the change, not a proposed change.

I am not qualified to make decisions on traffic patterns nor do I desire to. The point is there has been no effort to talk with the people affected. Many questions can come up, such as the effect of buses, problems with delivery trucks blocking parking lots, the need for more bike lanes, accidents, etc.

The point is not whether it's a good idea; it may very well be. The point is there has been no public involvement or discussion in the process. It's just like the radio tower. That is also indicative of a city that rejects the recommendations of the Parking, Planning and Landmarks commissions — citizen commissions to provide public input and oversight. Yet their input is more and more ignored and overruled.

And that is the point! — Scott A. Henselman

Bravo to symphony

It was exciting to see the column by Bill Varble regarding the performance of the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra and the recent soloist, Alexander Schimpf.

The concert was outstanding! The Beethoven Piano Concerto and the Shostakovich are both difficult pieces to perform. Our symphony (especially the strings) nailed it! It might have been appropriate for Mr. Varble to mention the quality for their playing. The conductor, Martin Majkut, could have been recognized for his ability to direct the musicians so the full emotional impact was heard, but not a word.

We are extremely lucky to have such fine classical music in the Rogue Valley. I would like to thank Maestro Majkut and the talented members of the RVSO for an exceptional performance and a quality evening. Bravo! — Linda Osborne, Medford

Rethinking support for Winters

I voted for and supported Sheriff Mike Winters because I felt he did a good job with the resources he had, but when he decides he will only enforce the laws he agrees with, it's time for me to rethink my position. Thank you, Sheriff Winters, for your service but you have exceeded your "sell-by" date. — Dan Welty, Sam's Valley

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