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  • With recent discussion (and Bill Varble's March 24 article) regarding the "Big One," shouldn't we be taking a more serious approach on what to do for Medford and Southern Oregon?
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  • With recent discussion (and Bill Varble's March 24 article) regarding the "Big One," shouldn't we be taking a more serious approach on what to do for Medford and Southern Oregon?
    If indeed the "Big One" occurs on a scale of 9, my guess would be that our West Coast civilization would be decimated. All the infrastructure we take for granted would be destroyed or seriously impaired. Think of all the underground water and sewer lines, natural gas and auto fuel lines, electrical service, phones — both land lines and cell (no relay towers), highways, byways and bridges, TV (not during the Final Four, I hope), et al. In my opinion none of these services could be replaced, repaired and functioning for several years. Add to that the destruction and debris of buildings and dwellings.
    I don't think individuals could safely hoard enough water, food and comfort items to outlast any repair and reclamation schedules.
    Regarding ODOT plans, I'm familiar with Highway 97, but if I'm correct, Highway 58 runs from Eugene southeast to Highway 97 just south of Gilchrist. Where's the plan for Medford and Southern Oregon?
    I'd be interested in your candid opinions. — Bob Higgins, Medford
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